By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
January 5, 2014
CHAPMANVILLE — When the Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team gets together with rival Scott you can expect anything.
No matter who is up and who is down it’s usually going to be a barnburner.
A last-second finish?
Nothing is off the table when the Tigers battle against the Skyhawks.
Chapmanville certainly gave its fans something to cheer about on Friday night as the Tigers won a dramatic 57-55 game over Scott at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium.
With the win, the Tigers leapfrogged past Scott and took over first place in the Cardinal Conference standings at 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the league. Scott, which was in first place heading into the night, dropped to to third and currently stand at 5-3, 3-1.
Second-place Poca (4-1, 2-0) is Chapmanville’s opponent next Friday night.
The Tigers’ Zac Casto provided the game-winner for Chapmanville as he completed an old fashioned three-point play with 3.9 seconds to go to lift CRHS from a 55-54 hole into a 57-55 win.
Scott then tried a potential game-winning 3 at the buzzer but it rimmed out.
Josh Butcher, Chapmanville’s 6-foot transfer guard from Riverside, led all scorers in the game with 17 points. He entered the night averaging 16.8 points per game — good for second in the Cardinal Conference behind Mingo Central’s Alex Lee who was at 18 per contest.
Kenny Plumley netted 15 for the Tigers, while Trey Dalton also had a good game with 14 points. Casto tallied six, Joe Tackett three and Jon Williamson two.
Logan Webb, a 6-4 junor power forward, led Scott with 14 points. Brandon Lafauci finished with nine points, while Brown had eight and Anthony Sigmon, a 6-6 center, had seven on the night. Nick Kuhn tossed in five. Dylan Dehart and Alex Ables had four each and Eric May and Kirk Price chipped in with two each.
Scott led CRHS 15-14 after one quarter in the see-saw battle and led 28-27 at the half. The Skyhawks outscored the Tigers 14-12 in the third to lead 42-39. Brown gave Scott the three-point margin after three with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Coach Allan Hatcher’s Tigers shot 51.3 percent from the floor, while Scott made 42 percent of its shots. The Skyhawks were 8-of-11 from the free throw line while the Tigers were 10-for-14. Scott outrebounded Chapmanville 24-17. Each team had 11 turnovers for the game. The Skyhawks outscored Chapmanville in bench points 25-8.
Chapmanville returns to action on Tuesday at Lincoln County. The Tigers beat Lincoln County 68-35 earlier in the season at home.
Cardinal Conference Scoring Leaders:
Player, School Games Pts. Avg.
Alex Lee, Mingo Cent. 6 108 18.0
Josh Butcher, Chap. 6 101 16.8
Matt Chandler, Poca 5 81 16.2
Grant Ferguson, Wayne 5 74 14.8
Matt Justice, Hoover 5 67 13.4
Elijah Cuffee, Poca 5 65 13.0
Kaleb Sturgell, Tolsia 7 91 13.0
Noah Frampton, Poca 5 64 12.8
Noah Toops, Hoover 5 63 12.6
Kenny Plumley, Chap. 6 74 12.3
Eric May, Scott 7 85 12.1
Blake Newhouse, Siss. 5 59 11.8
Chance Brown, Sisson. 5 53 10.6
Luke Frampton, Poca 5 53 10.6
Joe Tackett, Chap. 6 65 10.3
Cardinal Conference Standings
Pos. School Conf. All
1. Chapmanville 2-0 6-1
2. Poca 2-0 4-1
3. Scott 3-1 5-3
4. Sissonville 1-1 2-3
5. Herbert Hoover 0-1 1-4
5. Tolsia 0-1 1-6
7. Mingo Central 0-2 1-5
7. Wayne 0-2 3-2