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Petersburg girls punch ticket to states; Mtn. Ridge, Northern roll into region semis

Feb. 28—PETERSBURG, W.Va. — For the fourth straight year, Petersburg is headed to the Class AA state tournament after defeating Braxton County, 62-36, in the Region II co-finals on Wednesday night.

The Vikings (15-9) have now beaten Braxton County four straight times in the region championship. Their last three state tournament berths have ended in the state semifinals.

Petersburg has been selected as the No. 7 seed in the eight-team Class AA tournament field and will take on second-seeded Williamstown (19-4) on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.

The winner of that game will face the victory of No. 3 Wheeling Central (15-8) and No. 6 Trinity Christian (19-5) on Friday at 9 p.m.

Wyoming East, the defending Class AA state champ, is the No. 1 seed and enters the tournament with a 21-2 record.

Against Braxton County on Wednesday, Petersburg led 17-7, 31-21 and 49-29 after the first three quarters.

Four Vikings scored in double figures: Miley Tingler (18), Nellie Whetzel (14), Addison Kitzmiller (12) and Abby Alt (10). Erica Nicolson paced Braxton County with 14 points.

Mtn. Ridge 71, Hancock 16

FROSTBURG — Sydney Snyder broke Mountain Ridge's all-time scoring record for boy's or girl's basketball, leading the second-seeded Miners to a win over seventh-seeded Hancock in the West Region I quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Snyder, already the all-time leading girls scorer, surpassed David Hobel's mark of 1,221 points. Snyder now has 1,226 career points.

Snyder hit three 3-pointers for a game-high 15 points for the Miners (20-3).

Kealana Pua'auli scored 14 points for Mountain Ridge.

Skylar Smith led Hancock with nine points.

The Miners held the Panthers to two points in the first quarter and zero in the second.

Mountain Ridge led 22-2 after one quarter, 41-2 at halftime and 54-6 heading into the fourth.

The Miners host third-seeded Allegany (15-7) in the region semifinal on Friday at 6 p.m.

Northern 49, Clear Spring 40

McHENRY — Northern overcame a slow first quarter to come back and beat Clear Spring at Garrett College on Wednesday in a Class 1A West Region I quarterfinal game.

The game was initially slated to be played at the Igloo at Northern but was moved due to a leak in the gymnasium.

The Blazers led 14-12 after one quarter, but the Huskies rallied to lead 25-17 at halftime and 39-28 after three quarters.

Lydia Nelson led the Huskies (14-8) with 13 points and eight rebounds. Isabella Yoder added 12 points and 11 boards, Abby Nelson finished with 10 points and Kaylee Bowser pulled down 11 rebounds and had five steals.

Kara Hoover led Clear Spring with 15 points.

Northern advances to the region semifinal and will play at top-seeded Southern (19-3) on Friday at 6 p.m.