CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Lewis County women’s basketball teams are heading to the women’s basketball tournament for the first time since 2003.
The Minutemaids beat Philip Barbour on Tuesday to qualify for the state tournament, ending an 18-year drought between appearances.
2003 was the same year some of Kenton Bozic’s senior team were born, and he says reaching this point in the season has always been the goal for this team.
“I have seven elderly people. From day one of this season, that’s what we expected. We had a few crashes in the middle of the season, but we were coming back right away, ”said the Minutemaids head coach. “And that’s what we’ve been working on all year, and we ultimately eclipsed that goal. It’ll be good to put something on the board. We go to Charleston and come out of this tunnel, it will be something these girls will never forget.
Lewis County is the # 8 seed in the Triple-A category and will play against the top-ranked and undefeated Fairmont Senior Polar Bears.
Corey Hines’ group entered the state tournament with a zero in the loss column and claimed a nearly thirty point victory over Lincoln in the regional final.
In fact, both Marion County girls’ teams have unblemished records.
For Fairmont Senior, they have spent the entire season as the top rated team in the Triple-A class and have lived up to expectations so far.
But the goal is simple: win their third state title in the last four state tournaments completed.
“Just conditioning, and I just want to stay healthy. Basically I just want to stay COVID free. Make sure everyone is healthy. And I just want to take the opportunity. Very grateful to be back.
That’s what the Lady Polar Bears and all the teams have to do in the meantime.
The women’s basketball tournament begins Tuesday, April 27 at the Charleston Coliseum.