MAN — Girls’ basketball practices are just a couple of weeks around the corner and the start of the new season is only about a month away.
The Man High School and Chapmanville Regional High School girls’ hoop teams are ready to get started.
Man made a tremendous run in last year’s post-season as the Lady Billies went 15-11 and eventually lost to five-time Class A state champion Huntington St. Joe in the first round of the state tourney at the Charleston Civic Center.
It was the first state tournament experience for the Lady Billies since 2008 and Man hopes to make it back to the Big Dance this season.
Chapmanville, 13-12 last year, hopes to return to the state tourney for the first time since 2011. Last year, the Lady Tigers were defeated 31-28 by Scott in the Class AA sectional tourney at Logan. A year before, Chapmanville was ousted in section play by Mingo Central.
Man, coached by Tonia Ward, is scheduled to open the season Dec. 3 at home against Class AAA county rival Logan, a team that reached the 3A state finals a year ago.
Chapmanville opens the season Dec. 3 at Wayne in a Cardinal Conference game.
The Lady Billies’ season came to and end last March with an 89-29 loss to Huntington St. Joe in the state tourney. The state powerhouse Irish then easily marched to their fifth state crown in a row.
Man will have a bit of rebuilding to do as the school’s all-time leading scorer, Summer Sword, has graduated. The all-state Sword surpassed Sarah Caserta for the No. 1 spot on Man’s all-time scoring list last season. The Lady Billies also lost Taylor Whited and Cassandra Brown to graduation.
Sword poured in 32 points in Man’s thrilling 79-71 double overtime win at Fayetteville in last year’s Class A regional co-championship game to make it to Charleston.
The Lady Billies do return key players from last year’s team such as Mika McCoy, Morgan Conn, Jennifer Shull, Hannah Harvey and others.
One of the highlights to Man’s season is a home-and-home series with Logan. The Lady Cats come to Man for a return game over Christmas break on Dec. 27.
Man does not play its other county rival, Chapmanville.
The Lady Billies also have home-and-homes with Class A sectional rival Tug Valley, Class A team Charleston Catholic and 2A Wyoming East.
For the Chapmanville Lady Tigers, the Orange and Black return top scorer Kristin DesRocher along with Hillary Hainer, Shian Meeks and Savannah Wiley, who stands 6-foot tall.
CRHS, coached by David Williamson, was hit hard by graduation with the loss of key players Jessica Rideout, Autumn Baisden, Chelcie Pritchard, Katelynn Manns and Katelynn Hall.
Chapmanville has a home-and-home series with county rival Logan. The Lady Cats come to Chapmanville on Dec. 30 while the second game is set for Jan. 11 in Logan’s King Coal Classic tourney.
The Lady Tigers also play in Chapmanville’s Nationwide Classic on Dec. 14 against Pikeview. Four games are set to be played in the all-day classic which will be held at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium. The Logan girls and boys and the Chapmanville boys will also play in the Nationwide Classic.
Man High School Lady Billies
2013-14 Girls’ Basketball Schedule:
Dec. 3: Logan, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 6: at Sherman, 6 p.m.
Dec. 9: Cross Lanes Christian, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 10: Wahama, 6 p.m.
Dec. 16: at Mount View, 6 p.m.
Dec. 19: Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Dec. 20: Greater Beckley Christian, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 27: at Logan, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 7: Charleston Catholic, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 9: Sherman, 6 p.m.
Jan. 11: at Wahama, 1 p.m.
Jan. 14: at Cross Lanes Christian, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 16: at Tug Valley, 6 p.m.
Jan. 20: Wyoming East, 6 p.m.
Jan. 21: at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Jan. 23: Mount View, 6 p.m.
Jan. 27: at Greater Beckley Christian, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 30: at Charleston Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 31: Phelps, Ky., 6 p.m.
Feb. 3: at Wyoming East, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 6: at Phelps, Ky., 7 p.m.
Feb. 13: Tug Valley, 6 p.m.
Chapmanville Regional High School Lady Tigers
2013-14 Girls’ Basketball Schedule:
Dec. 3: at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 10: Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 12: at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 14: Pikeview (Nationwide Classic at CRHS), 4 p.m.
Dec. 18: at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 21: Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 30: Logan, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 2: Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 4: at Summers County, 1 p.m.
Jan. 9: Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 11: at Logan (at King Coal Classic at Logan), TBA
Jan. 13: Tug Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 15: at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 17: at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 20: Sherman, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 24: at Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28: at Sherman, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 30: Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 5: Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 10: at Tug Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 13: Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 18: at Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.