By: Paul AdkinsSports Editor
January 13, 2013
CHAPMANVILLE — When a basketball team — any basketball team — endures an eight-minute scoring drought the results are usually not good.
That’s what happened to the Chapmanville Regional High School girls’ basketball team on Thursday night as a scoreless string covering 8:24 ended up dooming the Lady Tigers as rival Scott rallied back from a 13-point deficit to walk away with a 45-42 victory over Chapmanville at the CRHS gym.
The Lady Tigers, which were scheduled to play at Sissonville in a Cardinal Conference game on Saturday night, dropped to 5-5 overall and 4-4 in the league. Scott, also a Class AA sectional opponent of Chapmanville’s, improved to 6-4, 5-2.
Chapmanville’s scoring abyss began at the 5:38 mark of the third quarter as Kristin DesRocher scored on a putback in the lane after rebounding teammate Jessica Rideout’s 23-foot topside miss from 3-point land. The bucket put the Lady Tigers on top 34-21.
The game seemed pretty well in hand.
With several Scott players battling foul trouble, the Lady Hawks looked doomed to defeat.
But then Chapmanville pulled the ball out and began to milk the clock.
It took the Lady Tigers out of their offensive rhythm and allowed Scott to make a comeback.
The Lady Hawks scored the final seven points of the third quarter to pull to within 34-28.
Scott seemed to have new life.
The run by the Lady Hawks continued in the early moments of the fourth quarter.
Scott got a 10-foot bank shot by Jaimee Dotson, a glasser in the lane by Landyn McKinney and a 19-foot jumper from the corner by Andrea Rankin.
When the dust settled, Scott had a 13-0 run and had tied the game with 5:24 left.
Rideout briefly put Chapmanville on top 37-34 with a 3-pointer and DesRocher’s coast-to-coast layup with 3:12 left in the game gave the Lady Tigers another lead at 40-39.
But it was all Scott after that as the Lady Hawks got the momentum back.
A lefty lay-in off the glass by Julie Conway put Scott on top for good, 41-40, with 2:58 left in the ballgame.
Scott then took a five-point lead at 45-40 with 1:39 to go after a putback by Rankin and McKinney’s layup.
Chapmanville tried to come back and got to within 45-42 at the 1:12 mark on an inside hoop by Hailey Price.
The Lady Tigers, though, turned the ball over in the final minute and DesRocher missed a 15-foot baseline jumper with 12 seconds left. Chapmanville got possession back as the ball went out of bounds off a Scott player, but DesRocher missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with five ticks to go as she could only draw glass.
Scott got the ball back, then inbounded and Dotson dribbled out the rest of the clock.
DesRocher led the Lady Tigers with a 19-point effort. She had six steals as well.
Rideout nailed three treys and finished with nine points.
Hillary Hainer had seven, Price five and Autumn Baisden two.
Starter Katelynn Hall battled foul trouble and did not score.
Scott was led by Dotson’s 14 points. Conway had nine, Rankin eight, McKinney six, Carolyn Green three and Jessy Blankenship two. Mikayla Roberts chipped in with one point.
Scott led Chapmanville 12-11 in a see-saw first quarter. Chapmanville then outscored the Lady Hawks 16-9 in the second to take a 27-21 halftime lead. The Lady Tigers led by as many as six points during the frame. Price hit a 3 just before the half to put CRHS ahead 25-20.
Following Saturday night’s game at Sissonville, the Lady Tigers are scheduled to get back into action on Monday night at Tug Valley. The Lady Panthers are a former Class AA sectional opponent of CRHS. Tug Valley has dropped down to Single-A status this season.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Tug Valley High School gym in Naugatuck.