CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With Andrew Johnson scoring at times and setting up his teammates at others, No. 2 Woodrow Wilson-Beckley nipped third-seeded South Charleston 64-57 in the Class AAA semifinals Friday night.
Johnson scored nine of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and had a hand in 15 of the Flying Eagles’ last 27 points. He finished with a game-high nine assists and grabbed eight rebounds.
“I felt like they couldn’t guard me, so I took my shots,” Johnson said. “I also wanted to get my teammates the ball as well when they were open.”
With 2:58 left in the fourth quarter, Chase Hancock knocked down two free throws to give Woodrow Wilson its first lead of the final period, 54-52. That helped the Flying Eagles (23-4) close the game on a 14-5 run to advance.
“We played our hearts out tonight, we just did some things wrong down the stretch that we paid the consequences for,” South Charleston guard Rashaud Kincaid said.
Freshman Nequan Carrington scored a game-high 16 points, shooting 8-of-10 from the field, for Woodrow Wilson, which shot 51 percent for the game.
“What an incredible basketball game, neither team quit,” Woodrow Wilson coach Ronald Kidd said. “I hope it was fun for the fans who watched in the stands, Thank God that we were able to pull the game out.”
South Charleston (24-3) seemed in control when it led by six points in the third quarter, but then the paced picked up in the fourth period as the teams combined for 46 points.
“I felt like we were in control of the game all the way up to with about five minutes to go,” South Charleston coach Vic Herbert said. “They just went on a little run there at the end, and it slipped away from us.”
South Charleston was led by Devyn Harris’ 16 points, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range. Hunter Moles added 15 points and Trevond Reese 10.
“I couldn’t play any worse from last night,” Moles said. “My teammates still had confidence in me and I just got in a good rhythm out there tonight.”
Woodrow Wilson-Beckley advanced to play No. 1 Martinsburg on Saturday. The Flying Eagles will be seeking their 17th state title.