By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
February 21, 2014
CHAPMANVILLE — It was a successful ending for the Chapmanville Regional High School girls’ basketball team, which won 50-42 on Wednesday night over Mingo Central during Senior Night at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium.
Chapmanville honored its two seniors — Kristin DesRocher and Hannah Vance — and improved to 13-8 overall and 10-4 in the Cardinal Conference.
CRHS is now set to play in the Class AA sectional tournament next week at Logan’s Willie Akers Arena.
The Lady Tigers are scheduled to play Tolsia on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. in the Class AA sectional tournament semifinals at Logan. Scott is the No. 1 seed and plays the winner of the 4/5 contest between Mingo Central and Wayne on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m..
The finals are Feb. 28, also at Logan.
Mingo Central and Wayne meet on Feb. 26 in the play-in game at Chapmanville. The game has to be played at CRHS because the Logan High School boys are using its gym on Monday for a makeup game with Greater Beckley Christian.
In Wednesday night’s game, Abby Marcum came off the bench to score 11 points for the Lady Tigers. DesRocher tossed in nine, while NeNe Osborne had seven points, five assists and five steals.
Chapmanville also got eight points off the bench by freshman Lexi Martin. Shian Meeks netted seven, Kortni Packo and Autumn Blankenship had three each and Vance two.
Kiearia Hammond led Mingo Central with 12 points.
The Miners led 12-9 after one quarter but were outscored 15-8 by Chapmanville as the Lady Tigers took a 24-20 lead at the half. A 12-8 third put Chapmanville on top 37-28. Both teams had 14 points in the fourth.
Chapmanville sits in fourth place in the Cardinal Conference standings. Herbert Hoover is first and Scott and Sissonville are tied for second.
Mingo Central fell to 9-10, 4-8 with the loss.
Chapmanville swept the season series with Mingo Central, also winning 51-38 on the road earlier in the season.
The Lady Tigers now shift focus to Tolsia and the sectional tourney. Chapmanville won two games over the Rebels this season, taking an easy 55-36 victory at home and also winning 38-36 on the road at Glenhayes.
Chapmanville is searching for its first state tourney berth since 2011.
“We beat them pretty good here early in the season,” Chapmanville coach David Williamson said of Tolsia. “Then we went down there, which is a pretty tough place to play and we shot 22 percent and won by two. It was two different ballgames. Tolsia coach Ric Morrone is one of the best coaches around.”
Tolsia is currently 7-13 overall and 3-9 in the conference. The Rebels, sixth place in the Cardinal, routed county rival Wayne, 54-32, on Tuesday night. Tolsia upset Clay County, 35-33, on Monday night in a road game.
Tolsia has won four out of its last five games going into its game with the Lady Tigers.
“They’ve got better. Early on, they weren’t very good,” Williamson said. “Last night, they beat No. 5 Clay County. They played Wayne and then Poca, so they are looking for two more wins. They should be rolling come tournament time.”
Girls’ Basketball Standings
Pos./Team Conf All
1. Herbert Hoover 10-1 17-3
2. Scott 10-2 12-5
2. Sissonville 10-2 16-3
4. Chapmanville 10-4 13-8
5. Mingo Central 4-8 9-10
6. Tolsia 3-9 7-13
7. Poca 3-8 4-14
8. Wayne 1-13 3-16