By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
February 2, 2014
CHAPMANVILLE — The Tolsia Rebels didn’t expect to give the Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team much of a game on Friday night at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium.
Tolsia is young, short on talent and thin on the bench.
It’s been a disaster so far.
Among the lowlights this season for the Rebels was a 52-point loss against Poca earlier in the season in which Tolsia scored only 16 points.
The Rebels also lost by 29 to county rival Wayne and was doubled up by Scott in a 44-point loss. The only win so far was a three-point victory in the season opener over Lincoln County, another struggling program.
It figured to be a blowout against the Tigers and that’s just what transpired as Chapmanville rolled to an easy 67-39 victory over the Rebels before a sparse crowd at CHRS.
Chapmanville, ranked No. 6 in the state in Class AA, improved to 11-2 overall and 6-1 in the Cardinal Conference. Tolsia, having its worst season in recent memory, fell to 1-12 overall and 0-6 in the league.
Junior transfer guard Josh Butcher led Chapmanville with 20 points. He was 6-for-7 from 3-point land and also dished out four assists.
Kenny Plumley had 19 points and seven rebounds, while Zac Casto had 13 points and nine boards.
Brady Cox and Trevor Nagy tossed in four points each for the Tigers. Joe Tackett had three and Jordan Whitt, Austin Kirk and Caleb Ellis all had two points each.
Tolsia was led by Tyler Stroud’s 19 points. He was the only Rebel in double figures.
The Tigers were 27-for-54 shooting for an even 50 percent. Tolsia was 16-for-37 from the field for 43.2 percent.
Chapmanville made 6-of-9 from the foul line and 7-for-16 from beyond the 3-point arc. Tolsia was only 1-for-7 from the line and 6-for-13 from behind the 3-point arc.
The Tigers owned the boards, outrebounding Tolsia 31-15. The Rebels turned the ball over 21 times to 13 for CRHS.
Chapmanville led 26-9 after one quarter, 39-12 at the half and 54-22 after three.
Tolsia jumped on top 2-0 early but Butcher then hit three straight 3-pointers as the Tigers went up for good, 9-2.
Butcher’s fourth trey then made it 12-4.
Then, later in the first, Plumley went for a possible dunk but Tolsia’s Brandon Ward was called for an intentional foul. The bucket was ruled good and Plumley then stepped to the free throw line where he hit both foul shots to complete the rare four-point play as Chapmanville led 18-4.
It was 23-4 after a Nagy lay-in and a three-point play by Plumley.
Butcher’s pull-up 17-foot jumper gave the Tigers a 26-7 lead.
The lead continued to grow in the second quarter as the rout was on.
Butcher hit his fifth 3-ball of the night — this one from 22 feet — as the lead swelled to 37-11.
Chapmanville led by 27 at the half and then coasted.
The Tigers were set to have a showdown on Saturday night at home against No. 4-ranked Poca. Chapmanville then hosts Mingo Central on Wednesday night on Senior Night. It will be the last home game of the season for the Tigers, which close out with six away games.
Chapmanville Regional High School Tigers
2013-14 Boys’ Basketball Schedule (11-2):
Dec. 14: Liberty-Raleigh (Nationwide Classic), W 65-52
Dec. 17: at Herbert Hoover, W 59-40
Dec. 21: vs. North Marion (Hoops Classic, Charleston Civic Center), W 72-43
Dec. 23: Lincoln County, W 68-36
Dec. 27: Mount View (Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament), W 62-33
Dec. 28: Riverside (Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament), L 69-72 (OT)
Jan. 3: Scott, W 57-55
Jan. 7: at Lincoln County, ppd.
Jan. 10: at Poca, ppd.
Jan. 14: Man, W 58-47
Jan. 15: at Mingo Central, W 53-27
Jan. 18: Sissonville, W 69-54
Jan. 23: at Lincoln County, ppd.
Jan. 24: Wayne, L 59-62 (OT)
Jan. 28: Herbert Hoover, W 47-34
Jan. 31: Tolsia, W 67-39
Feb. 1: Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 5: Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7: at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11: at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14: at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 21: at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22: at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25: at Man, 7:30 p.m.