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I l he Glenvflle Democrat/ Pathfinder MORGANTOWN--The Northfork Blue Demons of Coach Jennings Boyd used a 60-24 rebounding advantage here last Thursday night and went on to capture a 69-57 win over the Gilmer County Titans in the Class AA semi-final round of the 66th An- nual West Virginia State High School Basketball Tournament played at the West Virginia Univer- sity Coliseum. This was the first appearance in the state tournament for a Gilmer County team since 1949 when Glen- ville was eliminated in the opening round by Oceans. The game started slow and with three minutes gone in the opening period, the Titans were on top 6-4. After the Demons added a free throw cutting the lead to 6-5, Senior Jeff Furr scored from five feet giving the Titans an 8-5 lead and with 4:13 remaining in the opening period, Scott Carney pumped in a 15 foot jumper and the Titans had moved to a stunning 10-5 lead over the defen- ding state champions. Buckets by Russell Todd and Dwayne Spencer cut the Titan lead to 10-9 before Brad McPherson swished the net with a shot from the right side moving Gilmer's lead back to three points at 12-9. Kenny Brown, the sixth man for the Blue Demons, scored a bucket with just over three minutes left in the first canto dwindling Gilmer's lead to a single points at 12-11. Spencer, who scored just eight points but hit four of five shots from the field, put the Blue Demons on top to stay with 2:50 on a shot from in close. Darryle Edgerton, who aided Todd in the scoring column, increas- ed the Blue Demon lead to 15-12 on a break away layin. Two buckets by Jesse Fields gave Northfork a 19-12 lead before Bruce Smith finally broke the scoring ice for the Titans with a bucket with on- ly 44 ticks of the clock remaining. Todd gave Northfork a 21-14 open- ing period advantage on a 10 footer with only four seconds left. In the second period, the teams began trading buckets. Todd scored at the 7:39 mark but Furr answered at the seven minute mark and Gilmer trailed 23-16. McPherson fouled Robert Foster who made one of two free throws giving the Demons a 24-16 edge but Furr brought the Titans right back with a bucket cutting their lead to 24-18. Todd, a two-time all-stater, moved the Demon lead back to eight points at 26-18. But the Titans were not go- ing to give up as Steve Carney swish- ed another long jumper cutting Nor- thfork's lead to 26-20 at the six minute mark. If there was a play that could be termed the turning paint of the first half it was a three point play by Edgerton that increased Northfork's lead to nine points at 29-20. Todd gave Northfork their largest lead of the night with 5:15 remaining in the first half with a nifty move in- side the lane and a 31-20 advantage. But Gilmer battled back once again and on a bucket by Steve Carney with 3:49 to go in the half had cut the lead back to seven points at 33-26. Edgerton scored another bucket for the Demons and Smith, who was fouled by Todd, added two free throws. Carney then hit another jumper from the outside cutting the Demon lead to 35-30. After Spencer swished a 15 footer, Jesse Fields missed a stuff shot and was assesed a technical foul for hanging on the rim. Smith cooly sank the free toss and cut the lead to 37-31 but Todd's bucket just before the horn sounded gave the defending Class AA champs a 39-31 halftime advantage. It didn't take Northfork long to get ontrack in the third period as Walter Smith hit a driving layup only 14 seconds into the period. After Steve Carney had cut the Demon lead back to eight points, Northfork scored six quick points to increase their lead to 47-33 with 5:07 remaining in the third period. Steve Carney and McPherson beth hit long jumpers cutting the lead back to 10 point. Robert Foster scored for the Demons but Smith layed in a missed Furr shot. After Smith scored on an offensive rebound, the Carney brothers, Scott and Steve, scored the final two buckets of the quarter and cut the margin to 51-43 at the turn home. As the fourth period began, the Titans were prepared to make their (24) is be- ing guarded by Nor- thtork's Russell Todd (as). COACH KENT KENNEDY, kneeling in center, talks to Iris Titans during s timeout on Thursday night. Gtlmer was defeated by Northfork by 12 points in the semi-final round of the AA tournament. 60-24 PHOTOS AND TEXT BY DANNY CLINE Final drive. Scott Carney scored a layin off the tip cutting the lead to 51-45 but Edgerton answered with a jumper from the top of the key mov- ing Lbe lead back to eight points. McPherson continued the drive as he hit one off the glass from 20 feet but six straight Blue Demon points ended all Titan hopes of an upset trailing by 12 points with just a little over four minutes remaining. But the Titans didn't give up, they cut the lead back to 10 points with 16 seconds left but Robert Huckleberry scored the final point of the night one second later when he was fouled by Scott Carney. Head Basketball Coach Kent Ken- nedy said "I think Northfork is very well coached but the thing that im- pressed me most was their poise and board strength. They played like champions and played under con- trol. I feel that playing the Class AAA schedule that they do has real- ly helped. They really had to get in and scrap for the bell. "I feel our kids played very well. We knew we were underdogs, we knew we had to work the hall, we knew we had to take good percen- tage shots and we knew we couldn't beat ourselves with turnovers. "I feel we played good pressure defense. Our press caused Nor- thfork to turn the ball over 23 times. Our kids just played gallantly. They had to-play fullcourt the entire game. With Northfork the way they pass and run, their guards would release when the shot was taken. They would only have to play half court." I asked Kennedy what was going through his mind when his team had doubled the score on the Blue Demons at 10-5. He replied "we were executing what we had plann- ed to do. We were taking the good shots, we were fdrcing turnovers and just simply doing what we wanted to do. "We started in a man-to-man defense because that is what took us there. And I think it took them by suprise. They were expecting a zone from us. We even tried shifting out of the defense into zones and then go. ing back to it. It was very effective. The head mentor revealed that he felt the final three minutes of the opening period and the rebounding difference was the main turning points in the game. "As for a turning point," Kennedy explained, "they outrebounded us 60-24. We told our kids we had to get 35 rebounds. Who knows what would have happened if we would have gotten them. Also, the last three minutes of the first period was another real turning point. We were dose and then fell behind by seven. "We played even with them in the second and third quarters. They only outscored us by one point. We brought our kids over and told them what they were doing wrong and they acknowledged it. The kids just did a super job." Kennedy had praise for the entire team. "Jeff Furr played a good game and of course Brad {McPherson} and Stave (Carney) were named to the all tournament team, Bruce played well even though he had a foot injury and Scott Carney, for a sophomore, has STATE TOURNEY NOTES seclion m ttmmmr, ent Gilmer County was defeated in the in the opening half. He scared 12 opening round of the West Virginia points but c.oihmtmi just four re- State High School Basketball Tour- bounds. He made up for it in the se- nament but came away from the comi half, adding six more points West Virginia University Coliseum with three awards. Both Steve Carney and Brad McPherson were named to the Class AA All- Tournament team and Gilmer won the best cheering section award. Steve is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tun Carney and Brad is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McPharson. The Gilmer cheerleaders leading the yells were Julia Coffman, Sheri Gainer, Donna Biungardner, Jodi Now, Sandi Gainer, Heather Wilson and Sherrie McPherson. Each year, the state tournament attracts many fans and college coaches. Among those coaches in at- tendance this year were Stu Aber- deen of Marshall University, Gale Catlett of West Vtrginin University, Ray Barnhart of Salem, Tim Brinidey of West Virginia Tech, Bill Camp of Davis and Elklns, Don Christie of Concord, Rich Mecidessel of Morris and collecting 11 caroms. Balance and team play is what guided the Titans into the state tour- nament and they used the same thing once they got there. All five starters scored in twin figures paced by Steve Carney with 14, Brad McPher- son 12, Bruce Smith 11 and Jeff Furr and Scott Carney, each with 10 points. Ricky Smith, Jeff Campbell and David Scott all saw tournament action but failed to score. The Blue Demons captured their sixth straiaht Class AA title ms Saturday with a 12 point win over the Winfield Generals. Winfield was unbeaten 9o/n8 into the flnal Nor- thfork has now wins 75 Class AA 8ames in a row and fin/shed the season with a 19-7 mark. Also, they split games this year with both Lopn and Princeton. They were last defeated ms January 21, 1974 by a Class AA team. Harvey and Jesse Lilly and Tim Carney of Glenville State College. All the Final games of tourna- Tim had an added treatat this merit were very exicting. Guyan year's event, two of his sans, Steve and Scott, are members of the GCHS team. Valley came from 14 points down to win the Class A crown and Princeton outscored Logan 16-10 in the final eight minutes to dethrone the defen- ding Class AAA Wildcats. Of course, the Blue Demons were 12 points vic- tors. You might think that a team that had won five straight Class AA championships would not be as con- cerned going into the event as other teams might be. But, that's all In the Chins AAA finals, it looked wrong. Coach Jenniags Boyd said he like Willie A]kers and his Logan had five scouting rePerrs on the Wlkata w-ere ping to win thlir Titans. Fie said "but they shot better flflrd straight title but they scared from the outside than we had am only two pdints in the final 5:20 of ticipated, that certainly suprised the fom perhxl and they came us." with 1:54 remninin8 ms two free throws. Many people felt that when In talking with Cdlmer County Akers put his team in a zoae, that's Athletic Direct l)amms Wast ms what ioat him the ball pme. Betyou Monday, he said that all the could count ms ane hami the number received at the school were sold. in of times I, ogan played a zone this all, some 1,200 persoas from tlds season! area was in Me gantown to suPimrt the Titans. This was the fourth appearance in a state basketball tournament for a Gilmer County team. Glenville won the Class B championship in 1941 when they defeated Athens 85-61, Normantown won the Class A title in 1945 with a 50-49 win over Logan and Glenvilla was eliminated in the opening round of the event in 1949 by Oceans. A member of the 1949 team was James "Jimmy" Furr, father of Jeff Furr, a starter on this year's basketball squad. Talk is now that next year's state tournament may return to Morgan- town. Sam Williams, Executive Secretary of the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activites Com- mission, said that the tourney may return to Morgantown ff the new Charleston Civic Center is not com- pleted. Dates have already been reserved with Civic Center Manager Chuck Kinder for 1980. Williams was "very impressed" with the crowd of 12,198 on Friday niglfl to see Mr. Hope's Earl Jones and tbe Clmm AAA 8 ffii-flaais LoSan aed South C ri ms. Also. the opental- nisht crowd was bispr tlum coald have bean put in Omrlestms. at the old Ch4c Center. in all, 92,679 attended the four-day just played super for us along our tournament trail." Furr and McPherson are the only seniors on this year's team with all other players returning. Kennedy plans to begin .work im- mediatley for the next basketball season. He plans to start a summer Northfork21 Gilmer 14 17 Northfork {69) Walter Smith 4.3-11; Spencer 4-0-8; Russell Darryle Edgerton 7-1-15; 4-O-8; Kenny Brown Foster 1-1-3; Kenny league here and get the kids into a Michael Boyd 0-0 -o;| summer basketball camp. " Huckleberry 0-2-2; Geor {14 -1 )-12; "Our goal this year was to get into the state tournament,"Kennedy con- cluded. "Next year we want to win the Little Kanawha Conference and the Class AA championship." Here is a summary of the tourna- ment game played last Thursday night in Morgantown: 04)-0; TOTALS: 31-7 Gilmer (57) Brad McPherson 6-O-12; 5-0-10; Steve Carney Smith 3-5-11; Scott Ricky Smith 0-0.0; Jeff 0-04); David Scott 0-04); 26-5 {7)--57. The Titans had a touah time ms the boards with the taller Blue Demmss. When the flnni buzxer so,, Nortldork had wms the battle of the boards e9.z4. Yes, that's ri t. Tlians dkl a tirol job ms Rmull Todd !i iii iiii i : :, SCOTT CARNEY (12} DRIVES by Northfork's Spencer for two of his 10 points in state tournament last Thursday night. Gilmer's Jeff Furl" {24} looks on. at le_ft, and McPherson (44), bottom, were to the Class AA tourney Carney paced team in scoring 14 points McPhorson added points. McPherson a senior and will return Stlll, ' OILMER