CHARLESTON, W.Va. No. 6 Keyser used a late run to retake the lead and upset third-seeded North Marion 63-57 in the Class AA quarterfinals on Wednesday morning.

The win was the school’s first at the state tournament since 1919.

After surrendering the lead for the first time with 5:55 to go, the Golden Tornado (24-2) responded with a 13-2 spurt to end the game.

“I called timeout when we were down five in the fourth quarter and told the girls we’ve been here before,” Keyser coach Josh Blowe said. “These girls never quit. They fought hard and I’m very proud of them.”

Keyser was led by Lexi Taylor’s game-high 19 points and nine rebounds. Katie Hoban added 12 points and eight rebounds, while Lexi Carr registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.

The Golden Tornado improved to 5-1 in games decided by three points or less.

“In practice every day we work on scenarios—tie game two minutes left, down by two 45 seconds left—and we really are a team,” Hoban said. “I was confident that we would pull together.”

The Huskies (20-4) were led by Anna Marie Moscufo’s double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Presley Tuttle chipped in 14 points including three 3-pointers, along with pulling down eight rebounds.

“When we played with energy we played pretty good, when we got out there and stood around we looked pretty bad,” North Marion coach Michael Parrish said. “We’ve been talking all year about playing 32 minutes, we played well for four or five minutes, and that’s when we went on our run.”

Keyser shot 40 percent from the field and went 5-of-10 from beyond the arc. North Marion was held to just 30 percent from the field (21-of-70), going 3-of-18 from 3. The Huskies held the rebounding advantage 48-41, including 24 offensive rebounds that they turned into 21 second-chance points.

“We got it inside for good looks and didn’t  force much, but when you come down here you have to put the ball in the basket,” Parrish said.

Keyser moves on to play the winner of the Westside-Scott matchup on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Class AA semifinals. Keyser guard Katlynn Tichnell, who scored all 11 of her points in the third quarter, left the game in the fourth with an ankle injury. Blowe hopes 48 hours of rest and treatment will allow her to return for the next round.

“I told the girls we could celebrate this one tonight, but tomorrow its back to practice, because there’s still two games to be had for us down here,” Blowe said.

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  • pat

    Great job girls....we are so proud of you....

  • crystal

    I do believe the Lady Tornado was underestimated....these girls ARE the real deal and being here proves that!!! Couldn't be more proud of these young ladies!

  • Michelle

    So proud of and excited for this group of girls who know how to work together as a team. Congratulations to Coach Josh Blowe and his coaching staff on doing a tremendous job coaching and mentoring these girls. You ALL make Keyser proud!!!

  • KeyserPride

    Way to Go Girls. This is our year, you make all of Keyser so proud, amazing group of girls and coaches who Are the true definition of a TEAM! Let's bring it home♥ GOOD LUCK LADY TORNADO! !

  • Roy

    Just want to make you aware that it is a singular, Golden Tornado, not Golden Tornadoes.

  • squad

    you make us proud. great job- we have a great bunch of kids and coaches this year!

  • Carol

    Great game! So proud as is the whole town!

  • Jen Wold

    Way to go girls! So proud of you!

  • Meme

    Great job girls. We are so proud. Keep going your not done yet.(Luv u Bay)

  • Crystal

    Way to go, Keyser!!!! Do it again Friday!! The whole town is behind you! YOU'RE THE REAL DEAL! DON'T FORGET IT!

  • MIKE

    Coach Blowe is a great coach and a better person.

  • Big J

    Good job Keyser I told everyone u was for real