CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — With less than a month to go until the upcoming Class AA sectional tournament the Chapmanville Regional and Logan high school girls’ basketball teams are heading in opposite directions.
Chapmanville defeated Logan, 50-31, on Thursday night in a Cardinal Conference game to improve to 10-5 overall and 5-4 in the league and increasing its winning streak to four games.
It’s been a different story for the Logan girls, which lost its fourth striaght game, falling to 3-9, 3-6. The Lady Cats, which have had problems all season long putting the ball in the hole, are just 1-7 over their last eight contests.
Chapmanville didn’t play its best but had its moments and was never really challenged by the Lady Cats.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and never looked back. Chapmanville led 13-3 after one quarter, 21-7 at the half and 38-15 after three quarters. Logan outscored CRHS 16-12 in the fourth. Chapmanville led by as many as 23 points.
“In our last two weeks our kids have really bought into playing defense,” Chapmanville Regional coach Johnny Williamson said. “If you are going to win you have to play defense. When you hold a team to just 31 points that gives you a chance. At the beginning of the season we were giving up 60 and losing and that’s not how you win. So I’ve been impressed with our defense the last two weeks. We didn’t shoot the ball real well but if you play good defense you’ll survive.”
Kara Browning hit a pair of 3-pointers and gave Chapmanville a spark, finishing with a game-high 19 points. Madison Webb tossed in 12 points, while Kaylee Blair had seven and Olivia Dalton and Taylor Manns had five each. Graci Brumfield chipped in with two points.
CRHS opened the game up some in the second half with some fast break buckets.
“We’ve been working on that. That’s what caused us to lose to Mingo. The full court pressure ate us up,” Williamson said. “We’ve worked on that and how to beat it and get easy baskets and layups. It looked good at the end but we’ll see.”
No Logan player reached double figures in scoring. Britney Welch led the way with nine points. Ci Ci Knox had six and Julianna Carter and Haleigh Hughes had four each. Ally Sipple tallied three points, Alexis Perry and Kaileah Williams had two each and Beth Adkins had one point.
The Lady Cats were ice cold shooting in the first half scoring only two field goals in the first 14:02 of the game.
“It’s been a rough year,” Logan coach Kevin Gertz said. “Fifty points is the second-most points that we’ve given up all year. We do not put the ball in the basket and we stand around too much. We’re afraid to take the ball to the basket. We’re not super physical and we spread people out. We shoot too many 3s. We’re inexperienced and I haven’t done a good enough job coaching them what we need them to do to win. I was proud of our effort in the second half but not the first half. I was hard on them in the first half and screamed and yelled and didn’t coach. I coached them more in the second half and they gave me a better effort. That’s something to build on.”
Chapmanville jumped ahead 7-0 after a 3-pointer by Browning at the 3:36 mark of the first quarter. Browning later netted a 19-foot jump shot to make it 11-3 with 2:06 to go.
Up 10 after one quarter, the Lady Tigers went on an 8-0 run to grab a 21-3 lead. Dalton finished off the run with a 3 with 2:22 remaining until halftime.
Knox finally broke Logan’s drought with a bucket with 1:58 left to make it 21-5.
Leading by a pair of “touchdowns” or 14 points at the half, the Lady Tigers then continued to pour it on in the third quarter.
Webb scored back-to-back hoops and added a pair of free throws to increase the margin to 27-9.
Later on, a layup by Brumfield made it 35-13. Browning’s 3 with nine seconds left then gave CRHS a 38-15 lead after three quarters.
Chapmanville led by its largest margin of 23 points two more times in the fourth quarter at 44-21 and 50-27 as the Lady Tigers coasted to victory.
The Lady Tigers are off a week and are scheduled to return to action with next Thursday’s Cardinal Conference game at Class AA No. 1-ranked Winfield (15-1). The Generals were tied with Bluefield for the top spot in the state in this week’s Associated Press Girls Basketball Poll.
“That’s going to be a challenge,” Williamson said of playing Winfield on the road.
Logan was scheduled to play East Fairmont on Saturday at home in the King Coal Classic. The Lady Cats host Class AA sectional team Lincoln County on Tuesday before hosting Wayne next Thursday. Both games have 7:30 p.m. starting times.
LHS plays in a new 2A sectional this season with Chapmanville, Man, Mingo Central, Scott and Lincoln County.
As it stands now, Mingo Central is the likely No. 1 seed with Chapmanville second. Lincoln County and Logan are likely the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds with Scott fifth and Man sixth. Logan lost to Lincoln County 38-34 on the road back on Dec. 8 and would seem to edge out the Lady Cats for the third seed at this point.
The seedings are scheduled to be voted on by the coaches soon. The sectional tourney is set to begin on Feb. 18 and will be hosted by Logan, Mingo Central and Chapmanville.
“For a first-year coach it has really gone by fast,” Williamson said. “We’re sitting in pretty good shape. We’ve got six really tough games coming up but I think that will make us ready come tournament time. It’s going to be a tough sectional. Logan will be getting Hollie (Toler) pretty soon and that will make them better. We won by 19 here tonight but when we play Logan at Logan (on Feb. 4) it’s going to be a dog fight.”
Logan expects to have transfer player Hollie Toler in the lineup soon. She’s a junior and a former all-state player at Scott High School.
“We’ve got a good one coming in with Hollie Toler,” Gertz said. “She’ll be eligible next Thursday we hope. She needs three more practices to be eligible. She will make us better and give us more depth and give us a stronger presence inside. As a freshman she was a second-team all-state player. She sat out a year. She’s a pretty good player. She’ll play our last six games and in the sectional.”
* Chapmanville Regional’s originally scheduled home game with Mingo Central, set for Feb. 16 at CRHS, has been moved up to Feb. 8, Chapmanville Athletics Director George Barker said.
The move was made in order to get the game in before the sectional coaches vote for seeds for the upcoming sectional tourney.
Girls’ Basketball Standings
Team Conf. All
Mingo Central 6-3 10-4
Wayne 5-3 9-6
Chapmanville 5-4 10-5
Logan 3-6 3-9
Scott 1-9 6-9
Team Conf. All
Winfield 10-0 15-1
Poca 8-2 12-4
Sissonville 4-2 9-4
Nitro 4-6 8-7
Herbert Hoover 0-12 2-15