Lady Tigers one win away from state tourney

By Paul Adkins Sports Editor

March 6, 2014

CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School girls’ basketball team hopes to turn back the clock tonight to 2011.

The Lady Tigers are back in the Class AA Region 4 co-championship game, and just like three years ago, are scheduled to play the same team (Sissonville) in the same place (the High School gym) in the same tipoff time.

Game time is set for 7 p.m. tonight.Sissonville

Chapmanville (14-9) enters the contest as the Class AA sectional runner-up as the Lady Tigers lost 56-39 last Friday night to Scott in the Region 4 Section 2 title game at Logan.

Sissonville comes into the game with a 20-3 record. The Indians defeated Herbert Hoover 51-44 in last Friday’s Region 4 Section 1 title game.

Scott (17-5), ranked No. 7 in the state in Class AA, is slated to host Herbert Hoover (18-6) in tonight’s other regional co-final. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Scott High School gym in Madison.

Chapmanville is hoping to make it back to the state tournament for the first time in three years. Three years ago the Lady Tigers won 56-40 at Sissonville and went to the state tournament where CRHS lost 80-38 in the first round to eventual state champion Summers County to close out at 16-10.

The last two years, Chapmanville missed the state tourney as the Lady Tigers lost to Mingo Central in the 2011 sectionals and then to Scott in last year’s sectionals.

The Lady Tigers split with Sissonville this season, winning 48-46 at home and then getting blown out 62-38 on the road.

“We beat them once and then they beat us pretty good,” CRHS coach David Williamson said. “We’re going to have to go down there and play our A-game to beat them. That’s the way that it should be to go to the state tournament.”

Chapmanville is led by 5-foot-9 senior guard and 1,000-point scorer Kristin DesRocher. She helped lead the Lady Tigers to the 2011 state tournament.

In the Scott game, DesRocher finished with a game-high 17 points and was 3-for-4 shooting from 3-point territory. She was also 8-for-11 from the free throw line.

Sissonville is led by Brittany Gould, who had a double-double in the Hoover game. Gould finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Madison Jones added 10 points and Karli Pinkerton chipped in five points and 13 rebounds for the Indians.

In the first meeting with the Indians this season DesRocher sank a pair of free throws with 36 seconds left to put the Lady Tigers up for good. She finished with 11 points for the game. Freshman Abby Marcum led CRHS with a 16-point effort.

Gould had 16 points for Sissonville. Karli Pinkerton had 15.

Sissonville, which finished as co-champions with Scott this season in the Cardinal Conference, then rolled over the Lady Tigers in the second meeting on the Indians’ home floor.

Jones paced the Indians with 23 points. Pinkerton had 20 for the game.

DesRocher tossed in 17 points for Chapmanville. Shian Meeks had 10.

Both Chapmanville and Scott hope to join each other at the Charleston Civic Center.

Scott, the Class AA state runner-ups in 2011 and 2012, hope to make it back to the state tourney for the first time in two years.

The Lady Hawks are led by 6-2 senior center Ali Whitman, 5-4 senior guard Jaime Dotson, Julie Conway, Andrea Rankin and others. Whitman led the way with a double-double performance of 16 points and 14 rebounds. She was 10-for-13 shooting from the foul line.

Conway and Maddy Weeks were also key to the victory over Chapmanville with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Herbert Hoover is led by Hannah King who had 16 points against Sissonville.

Scott has beaten Hoover three times already this season.

“Somebody’s going to say, ‘You can’t beat them four times in a season.’ But we can,” Scott coach John Porter said last week after the win over CRHS. “We’ll be good. I’m not predicting anything but I feel comfortable.”


2013-14 Chapmanville Regional

High School Girls’ Basketball Team

No Pos Name Gr Ht

3 Guard Codi Conley 11 5-7

4 Guard Hannah Vance 12 5-6

5 Guard NeNe Osborne 10 5-2

10 Post Abby Marcum 9 5-10

11 Guard Richelle Thompson 9 5-5

12 Guard Alysa Meeks 10 5-8

13 Guard Lexi Martin 9 5-4

14 Post Caitlin Workman 10 5-9

21 Guard Hannah Sparks 9 5-5

22 Guard Kristin DesRocher 12 5-10

23 Post Taylor Manns 9 5-10

23 Post Kortni Packo 10 5-8

24 Post Autumn Blankenship 10 6-2

25 Guard Megan Satterfield 9 5-6

30 Post Hillary Hainer 11 6-0

34 Post Alyxandra Bush 9 5-8

43 Guard Kim Lambert 11 5-7

HEAD COACH: David Williamson

ASSISTANTS: Dave Elkins, P.D. Clemens, Kristina Garrett-Gore