photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - If you judge the Hedgesville boys basketball team by the boxscore of the West Virginia Class AAA, Region II title game, Deter Barrett toiled in mediocrity.
But it wasn't the quantity of Barrett's points - five in all - that mattered. It was the timing.
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Barrett hit a key 3-pointer down the stretch, then hit the game-winning shot with seven seconds to play as the Eagles overcame a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and advanced to the state semifinals with a stunning 60-59 defeat of Keyser in a packed Butcher Center at Shepherd College.
"It was unbelievable ... it was great," Barrett said during the celebration at center court.
Hedgesville (19-4) had to dig out of a gaping hole in the fourth quarter to even throw a celebration.
The Eagles were down 49-35 early in the fourth quarter, thanks in large part to a 4-of-20 shooting performace from 3-point range in the first three quarters. Hedgesville rushed on the offensive end, taking ill-advised shots early and often in their sets.