It’s been two years of bad memories for the Chapmanville Regional High School girls’ basketball team.
But that was all wiped out in one night at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
The Lady Tigers advanced in post-season play with Wednesday night’s convincing 49-30 victory over Tolsia in the Class AA sectional semifinals at Logan.
The win not only moves Chapmanville (14-8) into Friday night’s sectional championship game against arch rival Scott (16-5) but also assured the Lady Tigers a trip to next week’s Class AA regional tournament for the first time in three years.
Chapmanville and Scott are set to meet at 7 p.m. on Friday at Logan. The two teams split during the regular season.
The Lady Tigers have not made it this far since 2011 when Chapmanville beat Sissonville on the road in the Class AA regional tournament and played in the state tournament. CHRS was ousted in the sectional semifinals at Mingo Central in 2012 and by Scott in last year’s section tourney semifinals at Logan.
Regardless of Friday night’s outcome, Chapmanville will be in the regional tourney and with a win next week against either Sissonville or Herbert Hoover would be state tournament bound.
Sissonville (19-3) downed Poca, 44-31, on Wednesday night to advance in its sectional title game against Herbert Hoover (18-5), which edged Clay County, 43-40.
If the Lady Tigers beat Scott on Friday night, they will host either Sissonville or Herbert Hoover next week in the Class AA regional co-championship game for the right to play in the state tourney. If Chapmanville loses to the Lady Hawks, the Lady Tigers would have to travel to Sissonville or Hoover.
Chapmanville split with Scott this season, winning 49-37 at home and falling 73-67 on the road. The Lady Tigers have also split this season with Sissonville, taking a 48-46 victory at home and losing to the Indians 62-38. Hoover beat CRHS twice this season, winning 48-40 at Falling Rock and also winning 68-59 in overtime late in the season at Chapmanville.
All four remaining teams are members of the Cardinal Conference. Scott and Sissonville were co-conference champions with 12-2 league marks. Hoover was third and Chapmanville fourth.
The last time the Lady Tigers have played this deep in the post-season was three years ago in senior Kristin DesRocher’s freshman season. The 5-foot-9 guard led the Lady Tigers with a 23-point effort against Tolsia.
Hillary Hainer, a 6-0 junior, had eight points. Shian Meeks had five, while Lexi Martin and Autumn Blankenship each came off the bench to tally four points. NeNe Osborne tossed in three points. Abby Marcum, a 5-8 freshman, chipped in with two points.
Jordan Presley led Tolsia with 14 points. Kerrie Lahoda had six, Latasha Nichols five, Savannah Winnett three and Alyssa Cloud two. The Rebels closed out the season with a 7-15 record.
Chapmanville started out slowly against Tolsia, leading just 15-8 after the first quarter and 23-18 at the half. The Lady Tigers then broke it open with a 12-4 advantage in the third, grabbing a 35-22 lead. The 14-8 edge in the fourth by CRHS set the final score.
The Lady Tigers swept the season series with Tolsia three games to none.
Chapmanville coach David Williamson said it feels good to get over the hump.
“It’s been a couple of years, since Kristin’s freshman year,” Williamson said. “This is all that you can ask for, to make it to a regional game. We don’t care where it is at. Of course, we would like to play it at home. It would be the first time in school history since we went to this new setup. This was our goal coming in — to get to the sectional championship and let the cards fall where they may. Three years ago, we went to the regionals and beat Sissonville on their home court.”
Williamson said he’s happy for his team, which has worked so hard to get back to this point.
“We really had two good days of practice this week on Monday and Tuesday,” he said. “We were focued and our young girls ran the offenses that the Tolsia girls are going to do. They did great in preparing us. We shortened our rotations tonight to six or seven because it is tournament time. I thought Kristin got off to a good start. Hainer also got us going with some buckets.”
Chapmanville held Winnett to the three points and Presley battled foul trouble. Winnett had been averaging about 16 points a game.
“That was our goal tonight. We were in box-and-one on her,” Coach Williamson said of the Tolsia standout. “Shian Meeks did a great job on her. Winnett’s a great spot shooter but we made her work for the ball.”
Up only five points at the half, the Lady Tigers turned it up in the final two quarters and ended up burying the Rebels.
DesRocher got Chapmanville jumpstarted with a drive to the bucket and a 16-footer. Meeks tossed in two free throws and DesRocher netted two more as an 8-0 Lady Tiger run moved the lead to 31-18.
The run became a 10-0 spurt with Hainer’s layin, forcing Tolsia to call timeout with 4:42 left in the third and trailing 33-18.
Two more DesRocher free throws made it 35-22 after three.
In the fourth, the carnage continued.
A 13-5 run by Chapmanville expanded the lead to 48-27 with 2:57 left, essentially putting the win on ice. Marcum, DesRocher and Blankenship had key buckets during the scoring spree.
“We worked for box-and-one with Kristin. We thought that we were going to see that,” Williamson said. “But they came out and played us man-to-man with a drop zone and left our point guard open for a few shots. Kristin made some shots and finished with 23. We’re happy to be moving on.”
Scott advanced with an easy 64-26 victory over Mingo Central on Wednesday night at Logan.
The Lady Hawks are led by 6-3 senior center Ali Whitman and 5-4 senior guard Jaimee Dotson. Scott also has additional size in the middle with 6-1 junior Andrea Rankin and 6-0 Landyn McKinney.
Friday’s finals will be the rubber match between the two old rivals.
It should be a good one.
Coach Williamson, ironically, is a Scott High School graduate.
“It’s the Battle for Corridor G,” Williamson said. “That’s where I went to school. I could hit a sand wedge from my house to Scott High School. We know each other well. They do what they do and we do what we do. We beat them by 12 at home and they beat us by four over there. They are very tough. Whitman is a Division I signee. She’s 6-2 and Rankin is 6-1. They are bigger than us. It will be a challenge.”
With the defeat of the Logan High School girls’ basketball team in Wednesday night’s Class AAA sectional tourney game at Huntington, the Chapmanville girls are the last team standing in Logan County.
The Man High School girls saw its season come to a close on Tuesday night with a loss to Tug Valley at the Man Middle School gym.
Girls’ Basketball Standings
Pos./Team Conf All
1. Scott 12-2 16-5
2. Sissonville 12-2 18-3
3. Herbert Hoover 10-4 17-5
4. Chapmanville 10-4 14-8
5. Mingo Central 4-8 11-12
6. Poca 4-10 6-17
7. Tolsia 3-10 7-15
8. Wayne 1-13 3-17
Chapmanville Regional High School
2013-14 Girls’ Basketball Schedule (14-8):
Dec. 3: at Wayne, W 64-36
Dec. 12: at Poca, W 48-37
Dec. 14: Pikeview (Nationwide Classic at CRHS), L 50-64
Dec. 18: at Mingo Central, W 51-38
Dec. 21: Tolsia, W 55-36
Dec. 30: Logan, L 36-53
Jan. 4: vs. Summers County (at Charleston Catholic), L 56-73
Jan. 9: Sissonville, W 48-46
Jan. 11: at Logan (at King Coal Classic at Logan), L 35-65
Jan. 13: Tug Valley, W 66-40
Jan. 15: at Tolsia, W 38-36
Jan. 17: Scott, W 49-37
Jan. 20: Sherman, W 70-36
Jan. 24: at Herbert Hoover, L 40-48
Jan. 28: at Sherman, W 58-42
Jan. 30: Poca, W 53-33
Feb. 6: at Scott, L 52-56
Feb. 8: Wayne, W 63-25
Feb. 12: Herbert Hoover, L 59-68 (OT)
Feb. 18: at Sissonville, L 38-62
Feb. 19: Mingo Central, W 50-42
Feb. 26: vs. Tolsia (Class AA sectional at Logan), W 49-30
Feb. 28: vs. Scott (Class AA sectional at Logan), 7 p.m.