Another historic season is taking place for the Parkersburg Catholic Crusaderettes as they have secured their second-straight Regional Championship, punching their ticket to the 2019 WVSSAC Girls Basketball State Tournament. PCHS did so in emphatic fashion, trouncing the Tug Valley Lady Panthers by a score of 79-44, one of their most impressive victories of the season. To this point, the Crusaderettes have put together a 22-1 record, Region IV Section 1 Championship, as well as a Region IV co-title; arguably one of the most impressive resumes a PCHS Girls Basketball team has ever put together.
The Crusaderettes have earned the 2-seed in the 2019 State Tournament, a reward of their impressive run through both the regular season and postseason. This will result in a matchup with the #7 Summers County Bobcats, a rematch from the State Tournament game PCHS lost just a year ago. Here is a look at the other seven teams the Crusaderettes have a chance of seeing in this year’s tournament:
#8 Midland Trail (19-6) – The Patriots enter the State Tournament with a chance to pull off one of the greatest upsets in West Virginia girls basketball history. Though they come in with a solid record, times they have played any team of note has often resulted in a loss. They will take on top-seed Huntington St. Joseph on Wednesday at 5:30 PM.
#7 Summers County (16-12) – The first opponent of the Crusaderettes’ tournament run, the Bobcats will be a rematch of last year’s first round loss. SCHS returns with a slew of talent, though missing a few key pieces from the previous year’s squad. PCHS and Summers County will tip-off at 1:00 PM Wednesday afternoon.
#6 Trinity Christian (16-8) – Out of Morgantown, the Warriors are the only blemish on the Crusaderettes 22-1 record, as they escaped Parkersburg with a 64-62 victory on December 22nd. Though they came away with a victory, common opponent matchups between the two teams have not proved as favorable to Trinity. Nevertheless, the Warriors are a team to watch as they will take on 3-seed Magnolia at 9:30 AM Wednesday morning.
#5 Tucker County (17-6) – The Mountain Lions are another team to watch as their losses are few and far between. They have hit a hot streak coming into the tournament and are primed to make some noise. They are matched up against 4-seed Wheeling Central at 9 PM Wednesday night.
#4 Wheeling Central (15-13) – Central Catholic may be hovering over the .500 mark, however most losses have come to AAA or out-of-state opponents. PCHS defeated the Maroon Knights 65-60 on December 15th, their only meeting on the year.
#3 Magnolia (19-9) – It is challenging to gauge the potential of the Blue Eagles, as only common opponents exist between them and the Crusaderettes. Though both teams share nothing but victories between these opponents, it is worth noting PCHS owns wider margins of victory.
#1 St. Joseph Central (20-4) – The Huntington St. Joseph Irish return to Charleston as the top team to beat in Class A. The Irish boast an impressive resume with wins against out-of-state prep schools, as well as the defending AAA champion Parkersburg Big Reds back in December. Huntington St. Joseph will be a tough out for whichever teams they face throughout the tournament.
PCHS will begin their State Tournament run on Wednesday at 1:00 PM in the Charleston Civic Center, as they look for a victory over the Summers County Bobcats in the quarterfinal round. The Cru asks all students to wear their white State Tournament t-shirts, and to show up ready to cheer on the Crusaderettes. Let’s Go Blue!