By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
March 2, 2014
You can make that two titles for the boys from Harts Creek.
The Harts Middle School boys’ basketball team claimed the Black Diamond Conference tournament championship with Thursday night’s 49-32 victory over Chapmanville Middle School in the finals at the George Washington Middle School gym in Buffalo.
Harts, which finished the season with a 16-1 record, had advanced to the championship game after knocking off host George Washington, 41-21, on Tuesday night.
The Lions had already claimed the Black Diamond Conference regular season championship. The tourney title was the latest feat and a great way to cap off the roundball campaign.
Harts, coached by Odell Dingess suffered its only loss this season at the hands of Chapmanville as the two teams split. On Thursday night, however, it was the Lions’ night.
Harts led 15-13 at the half after a 9-9 deadlock after one quarter of play. The Lions then broke the game open with a 20-7 third as HMS led 35-20. Harts outpointed Chapmanville 14-12 in the fourth to set the final score.
Drew Williamson continued his stellar play with 24 points for Harts. Williamson, the younger brother to former Chapmanville and Harts softball standout Andi Williamson and also to Paul Herbert Williamson, a Harts Creeker, who played his prep basketball at Logan, sank two 3-pointers on the night. He also had a double-double with 12 rebounds.
Kyle Browning tossed in 17 points for Harts. Hunter Brumfield and Carson Toney had four points each. Toney also pulled down six rebounds.
C.J. Dalton led Harts in steals with three. Browning also had three steals.
Harts was 12-for-16 from the free throw line for 75 percent.
Chapmanville Middle School, coached by Jody Harless, did not report their statistics to The Logan Banner as of presstime on Saturday.
In the win over GW, Harts also got a fine effort from Williamson, who poured in 25 points. He was 5-for-10 from 3-point land and snatched 15 rebounds for a double-double.
Browning tallied eight points for the Lions. Dalton and Toney had three points each and Ty Sturm had two. Toney also had 10 rebounds on the night and three steals. Browning had five steals.
After a 6-6 tie after one period of play, Harts led 17-11 at the half and 24-16 after three. A 17-5 fourth quarter by the Lions broke the game wide open.
Harts was 6-for-11 from the foul line.