CHAPMANVILLE — The first time the Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team played Lincoln County this season the Panthers walked away with an eight-point win at Hamlin.
Round 2 came on Tuesday night at Chapmanville.
It would be different this time around.
The Tigers had a little payback for the Panthers as Chapmanville crushed Lincoln County 68-36 before a good crowd at the CRHS gym.
Chapmanville, winners of four out its last five games, improved to 5-4 on the season. The Class AAA Panthers dropped to 6-5.
The Tigers trailed Lincoln County early by 3-0 and 3-2 scores then dominated the rest of the game.
Chapmanville led 19-7 after one quarter and then outscored the Panthers 14-9 in the second to take a commanding 33-16 halftime lead.
The Tigers then poured it on in the second half, outpointing Lincoln County 35-20 to set the final score.
Mackenzie Martin and Kenny Plumley led the way for Chapmanville. Martin, a 6-foot-4 center forward/center, poured in a game-high 23 points. Plumley, a 6-3 junior forward, also broke double digits with 22 points.
Plumley also rocked the rim in the first half with a two-handed slam dunk.
Senior guard Michael Hurst and sophomore guard Trey Dalton tallied nine points each, while Austin Kirk had three and Zac Casto two.
T.J. Arbough led Lincoln County with a 13-point effort. Kenny Holton and Chaz Wiley tossed in six points apiece.
Chapmanville first-year coach Allan Hatcher said he was pleased with what he saw.
“We’re making some progress, particularly in the last few days,” Hatcher said. “I think that we’re starting to come along.”
Hatcher said Plumley’s improved play has given the Tigers a big boost.
“Kenny is really starting to come along for us,” Hatcher said. “Kenny has a lot of potential. He’s got a great upside to his basketball future. He’s a good athlete and he can run, jump and shoot the ball. A lot of people might not have realized that Kenny has not played that much. This is really the first year that’s he’s really gotten a chance to play a lot. We’re excited about him.”
Hatcher also praised Martin’s performance and the rest of the team for its recent surge.
“Mackenzie really had a great start,” Hatcher said. “I think that these guys are starting to understand what we expect of them. When you have a transition it takes awhile. They’re starting to understand what we expect. We’ve got to have tremendous effort in every possession and every time that they come out in every game. We didn’t to that over at Scott the other night. I didn’t think our effort was real good over there. We broke it down on tape. Tape doesn’t lie. Tape tells the truth. We showed what they were doing and now they realize after watching themselves on tape that they weren’t playing as hard as they could play. We came out and had a great start (vs. Lincoln County) and the effort was great.”
After a fast start by LC it didn’t take long for the Tigers to bounce back and bury the Panthers.
A 3-pointer by Hurst made it 5-3 and put Chapmanville on top for good.
Lincoln County then tried to save the ball from a back court violation but Chapmanville’s Dalton was there to steal it away and go into the lane for an uncontested layup to make it 7-3 with 4:42 left in the opening quarter.
The rout was on.
After a Plumley hoop in the lane, Martin then took control with three straight buckets to push the Tigers advantage to 17-7.
Hurst added a runner off the window with two seconds left to put the Tigers ahead by a dozen after one.
In the second, it was more of the same.
A 3-point make by Dalton made it 24-8 Chapmanville with 6:07 to go until halftime.
Later on, an inside hoop by Plumley and a Martin topside 3 made it 30-11 CRHS with 4:06 left.
Plumley then gave Chapmanville a little bit of showtime as he stole the ball near midcourt and dribbled in for a rim-rattling dunk to make it a 33-11 ballgame with 3:51 remaining until the break.
The Panthers scored the last five points of the half but trailed 33-16 at halftime.
Chapmanville then dominated the game in the final two quarters and coasted to victory.
The Tigers were 25-for-44 from the floor for 56.8 percent for the game. Lincoln County was just 12-for-46 for an ice-cold 26.1 percent.
Chapmanville was 14-for-23 from the free throw line, while LC was 8-for-12.
CRHS hit on 4-of-11 3-pointers. The Panthers were only 4-for-16 from 3-point land.
Chapmanville also controlled the boards, outrebounding Lincoln County 35-19.
The Tigers are scheduled to return to the hardwood on Saturday night at Sissonville in a Cardinal Conference game. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Chapmanville returns home on Jan. 18 against Wayne in another league contest. During the Wayne game, Chapmanville Regional High School will honor former Hall of Fame basketball coach Joe Ferrell during the game.
Ferrell has passed away but CRHS Athletics Director George Barker said all of the coach’s former players are invited to attend in the celebration of the Chapmanville legend.
Chapmanville’s JV team lost 53-48 to Lincoln County in Tuesday night’s opener.
Chapmanville Tigers (5-4)
2012-13 Boys’ Basketball Schedule
Dec. 11: Herbert Hoover, W 42-24
Dec. 14: Mingo Central, L 51-50 (OT)
Dec. 18: at Lincoln County, L 43-51
Dec. 21: Poca, L 29-32
Dec. 28: Man (Bob Runyon Memorial Tournament), W 94-44
Dec. 29: Pikeview (Bob Runyon Memorial Tournament), W 63-58
Jan. 2: at Man, W 77-51
Jan. 4: at Scott, L 51-63
Jan. 8: Lincoln County, W 68-36
Jan. 12: at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 18: Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 19: Nicholas County, 2 p.m.
Jan. 22: at Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25: at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 29: at Nicholas County, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1: Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 5: at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8: Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12: at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15: at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 16: Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 19: Man, 7:30 p.m.