The two rivals met last night at the Chapmanville Regional High School gym as the Cardinal Conference regular season championship was on the line.
The host No. 5-ranked Chapmanville Lady Tigers took on the Class AA No. 2-ranked Scott Lady Hawks and were seeking an outright championship and sweep over Scott in the season series.
However, the Lady Hawks had something to say about that as Scott won 58-39 before a nice CRHS gym crowd to all but wrap up the Cardinal Conference title.
Scott, which improved to 18-2 overall and 10-1 in the league, avenged an earlier 54-50 loss at home to the Lady Tigers.
Chapmanville saw its 12-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 15-4, 9-2. The Lady Tigers hadn’t lost a game since way back on Dec. 31 when they were beaten by five-time defending Class AA state champion Summers County at the Charleston Catholic holiday tourney.
“We wrapped up second place in the Cardinal Conference and that’s nothing to put your head down about,” Lady Tigers’ coach David Williamson said. “Scott is the number two team in the state for a reason.”
Scott was led by WVU signee and senior guard Makenzie White, who scored a game-high 19 points. With one game left in the regular season White is only 16 points away from breaking over the 2,000-point barrier for her career.
“She is as good as there is,” Williamson said of White. “After the game I told Makenzie, ‘Thank God that you are graduating.’ We split with Scott this year and that’s a major accomplishment. They went on runs tonight and we didn’t. It was a nine-point game at halftime. They made some runs and we had a few turnovers and we couldn’t answer.”
Chapmanville closes out the regular season on Saturday night at Sissonville as part of a boys/girls doubleheader, but the real focus is now on next week’s six-team Class AA sectional tournament at the Williamson Fieldhouse.
The Lady Tigers drew the No. 3 seed in the sectionals and are scheduled to play No. 6 Wayne on Monday at 8 p.m. No. 4 Tug Valley takes on No. 5 seed and rival Mingo Central in the opener at 6 p.m. No. 1 seed Scott and No. 2 Tolsia received first-round byes.
Then next Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m., Scott takes on the Tug Valley-Mingo Central winner in the semifinals. The 8 p.m. contest and other semifinal will pit Tolsia against the Chapmanville-Tolsia winner. The championship game is set for Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Williamson. Both the sectional champion and runner-up then advance to the regional tourney.
Chapmanville is hoping to make a return trip to the state tournament.
“I told the girls after the game that 15-4 is a heck of a season,” Coach Williamson said. “We were 3-3 at the end of 2011 and we won 12 in a row. I told the girls that we won 15 games last year and went to the state tournament. We only won 13 in the regular season last year.”
Senior guard Kelli Garrett led Chapmanville with 12 points in last night’s game. Senior center Kaylee Maynard had 10, while Kristin DesRocher had six and Jessica Rideout five off the bench. Katelynn Hall tallied three, Hailey Price two and Hannah Vance one.
Scott also got 12 points from Ali Whitman and 10 from Jaimee Dotson. Andrea Rankin had seven, Starla Aldridge six and Julie Conway four.
“They are well coached and they do some good things,” Williamson said of the Lady Hawks. “Scott is one of the few teams that can play us man-to-man.”
The Lady Tigers only led once in the game at 8-6 after a Maynard putback and a quick steal and score underneath the hoop by DesRocher five seconds later with 3:00 to go in the first quarter.
White then completed a three-point play to put the Lady Hawks on top for good, 9-8.
Scott held a 13-9 lead after one quarter and went on a 10-2 run to go up 23-11 in the second quarter. Rankin finished off the run with a putback with 1:32 left.
Chapmanville was able to close it to 25-16 at the half as Rideout hit a 3-pointer and swished two from the free throw line.
The Lady Tigers then made it interesting in the third quarter as Garrett nailed a 3 to trim Scott’s lead to just 29-24 with 4:23 left in the stanza.
The Lady Hawks then countered with an 11-2 run to increase their lead to 40-26 after three. Rankin had a key three-point play during the run, while White added a bucket and Aldridge tacked on a 10-foot shot.
Scott then coasted to victory in the fourth quarter.
A pair of 19-foot jumpers by Dotson gave Scott a 46-27 lead with 6:16 to go in the contest.
Chapmanville cut the deficit to 14 at 52-38 with 1:50 left on Garrett’s trey but the Lady Tigers could get no closer.
The Lady Hawks led by as many as 20 points in the final minute.
CRHS was 8-for-12 from the free throw line for the game. Scott was 14-for-18.
Scott closes out the regular season with Friday night’s home game with Point Pleasant.
Chapmanville still has a chance of sharing the Cardinal Conference title with the Lady Hawks but would need a Point upset win over Scott and a victory at Sissonville on Saturday night. Scott pounded Point Pleasant 70-44 in the earlier meeting between the two schools.
The Lady Tigers beat their sectional opponent Wayne twice this season by 63-42 and 47-42 scores.
If Chapmanville gets past Wayne it would meet up with Tolsia, a team it split with during the season. The Lady Tigers lost 48-41 at home to Tolsia early in the season, then won 54-49 at Glenhayes.