But in the end the Lady Tigers could not overcome a slow start, a tough Lady Indians’ 2-3 zone or the taller Sissonville girls in general as Chapmanville fell 49-45.
Chapmanville, which just lost a 65-62 heartbreaker to county rival Logan in last Friday night’s Lady Tigers Invitational game, dropped to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the league. Sissonville, led by Jenna Curry, a Division I recruit, improved to 4-2, 2-2.
The Lady Tigers trailed 14-9 after one quarter, 22-19 at the half and 32-31 after three. Chapmanville led briefly near the end of the third quarter and stayed close in the final eight minutes but the Orange and Black could get no closer than three points.
“It wasn’t a surprise what they were going to do,” Chapmanville coach David Williamson said. “They zoned us and they are big. We’re small and they can’t guard us man-to-man. We were stagnant and just stood. They’ve got the Curry girl and she’s a Division I player. She’s 6-2 and she’s big. We hoped to outrun them.”
Chapmanville cut it to 40-37 with 3:03 left in the game with Allison Evans’ 8-foot runner in the lane.
The Lady Tigers trimmed it to three points again at 42-39 with Kelli Garrett’s 8-foot runner.
Chapmanville made it a three-point spread one more time at 44-41 with 1:37 remaining after Kristen Desrocher sank a turnaround 10-footer in the paint.
But Sissonville scored two straight buckets to pull ahead, 48-41. Ryan Henry supplied the hoop – a 15-footer, to ice the game.
Garrett led Chapmanville with 12 points. Desrocher had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Allison Evans added 10 points, while Jenna Evans had four, Kaitlyn Hall three and Kaylee Maynard two.
Allison Evans and Garrett each sank two 3-pointers on the night.
Logan Walker and Hannah Keller had 11 points each for Sissonville. Curry, who is headed to play at Ohio University of the Mid-American Conference, had 10. Chelsea Burdette had seven, Henry and Sophie Ball had four each and Logan Henry had two.
Williamson is not discouraged by the defeat.
“We could easily be 4-0,” Williamson said. “A couple breaks did not go our way tonight but they are a good team. They have all five starters back. They were undefeated in the Cardinal Conference last year. I thought that we had them on the ropes.
“Curry went out with her fourth foul in the third quarter. But they extended the lead on us which was surprising.”
Guard-oriented Chapmanville seemed to have trouble in the half-court sets. Sissonville also played a tight defense.
“The half court offense is not our game,” Williamson said. “Our’s is running up and down the court and pressing. But it’s tough to press them, too.
“They throw it to Curry and she’s 6-2 and she throws it over you.”
Chapmanville took the lead for the only time in the game during the third quarter with 3:47 left as Garrett sank a 3-pointer, giving the Lady Tigers a 31-28 advantage.
Allison Evans had tied it up at 28 just second before with a 22-foot trey at the top of the circle. Sissonville scored the last two buckets of the quarter to take a 32-31 lead.
Chapmanville was held scoreless for the first five minutes of the game. The Lady Tigers’ first points were a free throw by Desrocher at the 3:10 mark.
The Lady Tigers are scheduled to return to action on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. against No. 2-ranked Ravenswood at the Charleston Catholic Shootout.
The game will be held at the Charleston Catholic Sports Complex.
“I told our girls that it doesn’t get any easier,” Williamson said. “It’s going to be a good day of girls’ basketball. Tug Valley is in it as well as Charleston Catholic, North Marion and Summers County. Raven-swood beat Scott the other day and are rated number two in the polls. We’re getting into the meat of our schedule with Tolsia and Scott coming up and Logan two more times. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us.”