Bruce McKean\r\nContributing Writer\r\n\r\nPCHS Varsity, 77\r\nGreenbrier West, 40\r\n\r\nThe Pocahontas County High School Lady Warriors are heading to the 44th girls State Basketball Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center. This will be the 10th trip to the tournament in school history and the first time since 2015. \u00a0\r\n\r\nPCHS made it to states in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.\r\n\r\nWill this be the ticket that gets our first quarter-final win?\r\n\r\nIf the maroon and gold play the way they did against Greenbrier West March 4, the answer to that question is \u201cAbsolutely!\u201d\r\n\r\nWest Virginia Class A Region III Section 1 champion \/ #1 seed PCHS won that game, 77-40, at home over the Section 2 Runner-up \/ #2 seed Greenbrier West Cavaliers in one of the two Region III co-finals.\r\n\r\nThere were seven other class A regional co-final games Wednesday, and Pocahontas had the biggest margin of victory, 37 points. The two closest games were Tucker\u2019s four-point win, 64-58, over Doddridge County at Tucker; and Summers County\u2019s come-from-behind overtime win, 47- 43, over Charleston Catholic at Summers. \u00a0\r\n\r\nWhen the new state seeding, by vote of the coaches who made it to regional contests, was announced, PCHS (21-4) was voted the #4 seed and will play #5 seed Summers County (19-6) on Thursday, March 12, at 9 p.m., the sixth of six games on that day: four Class A and two AAA games. \r\n\r\nThe two schools each won at home in the regular season this year and last year. The Class A seed order is: 1 - Huntington St. Joseph, 2 - Parkersburg Catholic, 3 - Gilmer County, 4 - PCHS, 5 - Summers, 6 - Wheeling Central, 7 \u2013 Tucker, and 8 - St. Mary\u2019s. \u00a0\r\n\r\nSt. Joseph advanced to the first state championship in 2008, and they lost to Wheeling Central 37-41. Since then, they have played in every state tournament and won nine of 11 championships from 2009 to 2019 and taken second twice \u2013 in 2016 and 2018. \u00a0\r\n\r\nIf PCHS beats Summers on Thursday, they will most likely play #1 St. Joseph, since their opponent on Thursday is #8 seed St. Mary\u2019s. \u00a0\r\n\r\nTucker has to play the only undefeated team, #2 Parkersburg Catholic.\r\n\r\nCharleston Catholic gave the Summers County Bobcats all they could handle in the other Region III co-final on Wednesday. Catholic took the first quarter 15-5 and still led 39-31 with just over four minutes in the fourth. Summers mounted an 8-0 run at that point and sent the game into overtime. The Bobcats got lucky when the Irish missed their shots in OT, and the Bobcats won their fifth straight regional in a row, 47- 43. Since Summers holds the win streak state record of 105 straight wins, the recent streak is only a fraction of their total trips to states.\r\n\r\nThe Lady Warriors\u2019 game on Wednesday opened with two quick threes by senior Jerica Reed for a 6-0 PCHS start, and the girls led the entire game. \r\n\r\nSenior Laila Calhoun got a quick foul call in between the two treys. Senior post Charity Warder scored the rest of our first quarter points, eight, and PCHS led 14-8 after one. \u00a0PCHS upped their field goal shooting from 42% in the first to 67% in the second. Calhoun was called for a second foul and went to the bench after jumping into the scoring with 10 points. \r\n\r\nSenior Alexa Taylor with eight, including two threes, also jumped into the scoring. At the half West trailed 14-36 after a 21-6 PCHS effort in the second. Senior Kira Bircher joined the scoring in the third with six points, including one trey, and Alexa Taylor hit two more threes, to push up the PCHS lead to 57-24 with a 21-10 third period. The Lady Warriors never let up with all 10 players seeing action. West had their best quarter in the fourth when the PCHS bench saw more action, but the home team still took the fourth 20-16.\r\n\r\nThe eight PCHS treys were the most this season.\r\n\r\nFoul shooting, 19 of 25 (76%), was the best this season, while West hit 11 of 25 (44%). The Lady Warriors grabbed 45 rebounds to 30 for West, and the only game with more rebounds this season was the 52 boards in our defeat of Summers 60-52 on January 10 at PCHS.\r\n\r\nThe Cavaliers only committed 17 turnovers to 26 miscues by PCHS. \r\n\r\nCalhoun had a double-double of 22 points,10 rebounds and three blocks. Alexa Taylor tallied 16 points, six rebounds and five assists. Warder followed with a double-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds, seven deflections and four assists. \r\n\r\nReed finished with eight points, and Sienna Bircher grabbed seven rebounds and scored four points while blocking two shots. \u00a0\r\nKierstin Taylor dished out three assists and scored two points.\r\n\r\nI am sure that PCHS head coach Mike Kane, in his third trip to states, and assistant coaches Allen Taylor and Chloe Bland will have our girls ready on Thursday. \u00a0\r\n\r\nBland made it to states as a player all four years at PCHS from 2009 through 2012, and her four teams lost by seven, one, seven and two points respectively. \u00a0\r\n\r\nSeven of the nine PCHS girls\u2019 losses at states were to private schools. \u00a0\r\n\r\nSee you in Charleston on Thursday!