WINFIELD, W.Va. — The Chapmanville Regional High School girls’ basketball team gave it their best shot but came up short on Wednesday night in the Class AA Region 4 co-championship game, falling 54-37 at Winfield to the Generals.
The loss ended Chapmanville’s season at 16-8 as the Lady Tigers were denied their first trip to the state tournament in six years.
Winfield (22-4) advanced to state with the win, as did Poca (18-7), which was a 45-38 winner at Mingo Central (17-6) in Wednesday night’s other regional co-final.
Chapmanville made a game of it with favored Winfield, a team it lost to 60-37 earlier in the season, also on the road.
The Lady Tigers trailed by only six points with less than seven minutes to go in the game but mounting turnovers proved to be too costly for Chapmanville to overcome.
Chapmanville also had no answer for Winfield’s freshman sensation Z.Z. Russell, who poured in a game-high 25 points.
Kara Browning and Kaylee Blair led Chapmanville’s balanced scoring with 12 points apiece. Madison Webb had eight points, while Graci Brumfield and Reese Ellis had two each and Shea Pridemore had one point.
Mary Lawman added 10 points for Winfield. Emily Hudson, who had a pair of key steals and layups late in the game, finished with six points. Sydney Cavender and Meagan Cavender tossed in five points each while Mara McGrew had three points.
“We had way too many turnovers. Way too many,” Chapmanville first-year coach Johnny Williamson said. “That happened to us here the last time in the fourth quarter. We got a little tired and they kept rotating girls and they kept coming at us strong. One of the turning points is that they shot 20 foul shots and we shot four and we were in a 2-3 zone. We didn’t get no love and we didn’t get any calls but that’s part of it.”
With just 6:40 left in the game, Chapmanville trailed only 34-28 after Webb hit a pair of free throws.
Winfield then began to take advantage of the Lady Tigers’ turnovers and were able to put away Chapmanville.
Russell made two foul shots with 5:43 left to increase the lead to 36-28.
With 4:03 remaining, Hudson scored on a drive down the lane to make it 40-30, the Generals’ biggest lead up until that point.
Browning’s 3 then cut it to 42-33 after another Russell hoop. Then, with 3:05 to go, Blair kept Chapmanville in the game with a shot off the glass as CRHS trailed 42-35.
Hudson then had a steal and layup with 2:18 left as Winfield went back up by nine at 44-35.
Winfield then began to milk some of the clock by running the weave at the top of the key.
Sydney Cavender was then fouled with 1:15 to go and she hit both free throws as the Generals led 46-35.
Then with 1:11 left, Hudson sealed the win with another steal and layup, putting the Generals ahead 48-35.
Lawman then put the finishing touches on the victory with two free throws with 59.5 seconds left as the lead swelled to 50-35.
Chapmanville led 7-3 early as Webb hit back-to-back baseline jumpers from 17 and 15 feet.
McGrew later tied it at 9 as she banked home a 3-pointer from the top of the key. It is unknown if she called glass or not.
Both teams were knotted at 13 after one as Browning sank an 18-foot baseline jumper with four ticks to go.
Winfield went on a 9-0 run to start the second quarter, grabbing a 22-13 lead as Russell had an old-fashioned three-point play and also hit a 3 from beyond the arc, forcing CRHS to call timeout with 2:29 left until halftime.
Blair’s putback made it 22-19 and Winfield led 24-19 at the break.
At the 5:27 mark of the third quarter with Winfield leading 27-23, Chapmanville starter and only senior Taylor Manns left the game with a turned over ankle. She wouldn’t return until the fourth.
Winfield led 34-26 after three.
Williamson said his team gave a good effort.
“Blair played pretty well,” he said. “She picked it up. We knew that we could score on the inside but we settled for a lot of outside shots. We are real young and it showed in this kind of atmosphere. They (Winfield) are a really good team. She (Russell) is very good and very explosive. She drives the ball to the hole really good and she shoots pretty good too.”
With such a young team, it’s safe to say the Lady Tigers will be back next year.
“I just told them in the locker room that we’ll find out soon in the off-season if we will be able to get to where we want to be,” Williamson said. “Work starts now. It doesn’t start in November. It’s a year-round game. You have to be stronger and smarter.”
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Girls’ Basketball Schedule (16-8, 8-5):
Dec. 7: Man, W 57-23
Dec. 9: vs. Cabell Midland (at Summers County Holiday Tournament), L 31-46
Dec. 10: vs. Pocahontas County (at Summers County Holiday Tournament), W 87-26
Dec. 14: *at Sissonville, L 35-60
Dec. 15: Sherman, W 66-49
Dec. 17: vs. Bridgeport (Big 10/Cardinal Conference Challenge), W 45-37
Dec. 20: *Herbert Hoover, W 74-36
Dec. 29: *Poca, L 37-54
Jan. 3: *Nitro, W 53-26
Jan. 10: *at Mingo Central, L 51-52
Jan. 13: *at Wayne, L 59-73
Jan. 14: *at Scott, W 72-28
Jan. 19: *Scott, W 81-24
Jan. 24: at Man, W 63-15
Jan. 26: *Logan, W 50-31
Feb. 2: *at Winfield, L 39-60
Feb. 4: *at Logan, W 52-42
Feb. 8: *Mingo Central, W 60-49
Feb. 9: at Sherman, W 54-40
Feb. 11: Westside, W 68-54
Feb. 14: *Wayne, W 39-38
Feb. 21: vs. Logan (Class AA sectionals at Mingo Central), W 43-29
Feb. 24: vs. Mingo Central (Class AA sectional finals at Logan), L 51-53 (OT)
March 1: at Winfield (Class AA regional final), L 37-54
Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner.