CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Tigers continue to impress.
The Chapmanville Regional High Schools boys’ basketball team, ranked No. 5 in the state last week in Class AA, improved to 9-1 overall and 4-0 in the Cardinal Conference with Saturday night’s 69-54 win over league foe Sissonville at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium.
The Tigers are in a virtual tie for first place in the Cardinal standings. The Poca Dots are 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the league. Chapmanville has still yet to play Poca this season and will battle with the Dots in a home-and-home series later in the season.
Sissonville dropped to 4-5, 2-3.
Chapmanville was a sizzling 30-for-35 from the free throw line for 85.7 percent against the Indians in Saturday night’s game. The Tigers were 16-of-20 from the line in the fourth quarter as Sissonville applied pressure defense and attempted to make a comeback. The Indians were 20-for-27 from the line for 74.9 percent.
Sissonville forced some key turnovers in the fourth period but could get no closer than eight points.
Joe Tackett led Chapmanville with 18 points. He sank two 3-pointers on the night.
The Tigers also got 11 points each from Trey Dalton and Riverside transfer Josh Butcher, who canned two 3s and was 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Dalton was 6-for-7 from the foul line.
Kenny Plumley added 10 points for Chapmanville, while Brady Cox had nine, Zac Casto four and Jon Williamson three off the bench.
Nathan Miller and Seth Bowlin led Sissonville with 16 and 14 points respectively.
The Tigers trailed the Tribe 17-16 after one quarter but led 32-26 at the half and 51-35 after three with a 19-9 edge in the third quarter.
Chapmanville coach Allan Hatcher said it was a good win.
“We shot our free throws well. Sissonville plays really hard,” Hatcher said. “They shot free throws well too. It’s a good feeling when you step up at the end of the game and make free throws like we did.”
Hatcher said his team is playing very well through 10 games with 12 left to go.
“We’re happy with where we are at but we still have to work on cleaning up some things at the end of the game,” he said. “We have some things that we have to get better at. We have to take care of the ball better at the end of the game and get more movement.”
Sissonville got to within 53-45 with 5:53 left in the game after an old-fashioned three-point play by Bowlin.
The Tigers then put the Indians away from the free throw line.
After a Plumley layup, Dalton and Butcher each hit a pair of foul shots as the Tigers led 59-46. Tackett then split and Dalton nailed two more charity tosses as CRHS went on top 62-47 with 3:08 to go.
Dalton later netted two more free throws and Williamson split as Chapmanville led 65-52 with 1:23 remaining. Cox and Plumley then put the game away with two more free throws each in the final minute.
The Tribe led by as many as six points in the first period with a 14-8 margin.
CRHS then went on an 8-3 run to trail 17-16 after one.
In the second, a 14-5 Tiger run, fueled by a three-point play by Cox and a Butcher 3, put Chapmanville ahead 30-22.
The Tigers led by six at the break and then turned it up in the third, outscoring the Indians 19-9 in the frame to make it 51-35 after three periods.
* Chapmanville is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday night at Class AAA Lincoln County. The game had originally been set for Tuesday night.
The Hamlin area, as well as Boone County and the surrounding Charleston metropolitan region has been battling water problems over the last week-plus due to the recent chemical spill in the Elk River.
“Our next game is Wednesday instead of Tuesday. We just changed that yesterday (Friday),” Hatcher said. “We’ve got a couple of practices and we have to work on some things before that game.”
* Cardinal Conference team Mingo Central is causing quite a stir around the league and in southern West Virginia with the recent mid-season acquisitions of a pair of cousins from Kentucky in 6-foot-7 junior forward Dikembe Dixson and 6-6 sophomore forward Montrell Dixson.
The two came from Thomas Nelson High School in Bardstown, Ky., but have yet to play for the Miners.
Dikembe Dixson put himself on the radar of many schools and scouts at the 2013 John Lucas Midwest Invitational Camp in Louisville back in the fall.
Dikembe attacks the rim and finishes around the rim with his athleticism, one scout writes. While Dixson is still rather raw, but has all the tools to become a big time player in the future, the scout says.
Dixson, originally an Illinois native, has reportedly received interest from UConn, West Virginia, Iowa State and other schools. He has jumped around a lot lately. Last year, he played for Ashland (Ky.) Paul Blazer High School.
Mingo Central would be his third school in two years.
Mingo Central, coached by former Logan assistant Brad Napier, currently stand at 5-6 overall and 3-3 in the league. Saturday night, the Miners won a dramatic 59-58 victory over rival Belfry (Ky.) on a buzzer-beater in the finale of the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout at Williamson.
Chapmanville just played Mingo Central last week, soundly thrashing the Miners 53-27 on the road. The two teams are set to play again on Feb. 5 in Chapmanville.
It is not known when the Dixsons will suit up for Mingo Central. Under the SSAC rules, a player must go through at least 10 practices before being given the green light.
The Miners have been somewhat stagnant this season, particularly on the offensive end. With the athletic and talented Dixsons, Mingo is perceived to be much-improved.
The Class AA sectional had been projected to likely come down to Chapmanville (9-1) and Scott. With the added players at Mingo Central, the Miners appear to be back in the mix, along with an improved Wayne team.
It’s anyone’s section at this point.
The Pioneers, which routed struggling county rival Tolsia by 31 points earlier in the season, stand at 6-4. Tolsia is only 1-10 and playing poorly. The Rebels were decimated by graduation and are having an un-Tolsia-like season.
Scott is 6-5 overall going into the week. The Tigers beat the Skyhawks 57-55 earlier in the season at home but still have to go to Madison. Scott, which has made it to the state tourney in recent years, always seems to be a factor in the post-season.
Chapmanville is still searching for its first-ever state tourney bid.
Boys’ Basketball Standings
TEAM CONF. ALL
Poca 5-0 7-1
Chapmanville 4-0 9-1
Scott 4-3 6-5
Mingo Central 3-3 5-6
Sissonville 2-3 4-5
Wayne 2-4 6-4
Herbert Hoover 0-3 1-6
Tolsia 0-4 1-10
*Monday’s games not included
Chapmanville Regional High School Tigers
2013-14 Boys’ Basketball Schedule (9-1):
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. 22: at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 24: at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28: Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 31: Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
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: Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22: at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25: at Man, 7:30 p.m.