The Berkeley Springs girls basketball team will finish this season at the same place the Indians started it - at the Charleston Civic Center - in the West Virginia Class AA state tournament for the first time since 1989.
Riding an eight-game winning streak Berkeley Springs (17-7) - seeded fourth - will face fifth-seeded Weir (12-11) tonight at 9 in the quarterfinals.
"This has been a year with a lot of neat steps and milestones," Indians coach Dale McCumbee said. "We've beaten some teams I'd never defeated in my career, and winning a regional championship has been a goal of mine for 17 years. I couldn't have asked for a better group to have experienced it with. This group of girls have been working so hard. I've been around most of them since they were second graders. It's been a neat ride and a neat experience."
Berkeley Springs defeated Frankfort 62-54 in the Region II Section 2 final and Petersburg 48-38 in the Region II final to reach Charleston. In their final regular-season game, the Indians stunned Jefferson - which went on to qualify for the Class AAA state tournament - 53-51 on Feb. 16. The Cougars were playing without leading scorer and rebounder Dakeea Marshall.