SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - It was Hedgesville's ability to get the ball inside that left the Jefferson boys basketball team on the outside looking in.
Down by 39-38 entering the fourth period, the Eagles went to J.R. Mayles and Denver Effland in the paint to spark a 16-6 run and eliminate the Cougars 64-54 in the West Virginia Region II Section 2 semifinals Wednesday night at Shepherd University's Butcher Athletic Center.
The Eagles (15-6) will face Martinsburg for the section championship Friday at 7 p.m. at the Butcher Center.
All seven of Hedgesville's fourth-quarter field goals came from within 5 feet of the basket.
"The best thing we did tonight was we were willing to attack the basket," said Eagles coach Kelly Church. "They take us out of our offense and force us to make plays. In the long run, that makes us better, but that's not our comfort zone."
While Hedgesville was getting the ball inside, Jefferson (13-9) was unable to find the range, shooting mostly from the perimeter. The result was a 3-minute scoring drought to open the final period, followed by Josh Brown and Jordan Hosby providing all of the Cougars' offense, combining for 15 fourth-quarter points.