Shortly after sitting down and eating Thanksgiving dinner this week the high school basketball season will be just around the corner.
It all gets under way on Wednesday, December 2 with a county girls’ clash as 3A Logan plays at 2A rival Chapmanville Regional High School.
It will be a very interesting tip off to the new season.
Playing for Chapmanville the first time will be guard/forward Lexi Hines, who has transferred from Logan. The last time Hines played in this game was back on Jan. 10 when she helped Logan escape the Lady Tigers in a 31-30 victory in the King Coal Classic at Willie Akers Arena.
Logan was 14-6 last season but lost all-state standout and Gatorade State Player of the Year Shayna Gore, who is now a freshman member of the Marshall University women’s basketball team.
The Lady Cats, however, return 6-2 all-state center Monica Mitchell. Also lost to graduation were starters Summer Collins and Kyra Cline.
Logan was upended 83-67 by Spring Valley at home in last year’s Class AAA sectional tournament.
Chapmanville’s girls were 14-6 last season, falling 43-30 to Scott in the sectional tourney at Williamson.
With Hines and returning players NeNe Osborne, Lexi Martin, Abby Marcum, Shian Meeks and others, the Lady Tigers are expected to contend for the state tourney this season. The last visit to Charleston and the state tourney was back in 2011.
Then on Thursday, December 3, the Man High School girls’ basketball team has its season opener in the River View tourney. The Lady Billies, who return Hannah Harvey, Hunter Harvey and many others, were just 6-15 last season but are expected to be much improved.
Man continues to play in the River View tourney on Dec. 4. The Logan girls have its home opener that night against Lincoln County.
Logan County’s boys’ teams open their season the second week of December.
Logan, led by new head coach and former Chapmanville mentor Allan Hatcher, open the season Dec. 8 vs. Mingo Central at Williamson. Mingo Central has a new coach as well in Garland Thompson, who came from Tug Valley.
Also on Dec. 8, Logan’s girls play at Ripley, Chapmanville’s girls host Poca and the Lady Billies host Teays Valley Christian.
On Dec. 9, the Man girls play at Fayetteville.
The Chapmanville boys, led by new coach Brad Napier, the former head coach at Mingo Central, are slated to have its season opener Dec. 11 at home against Tolsia.
The Man Hillbillies have their season opener Dec. 15 against Mount View.
The Chapmanville girls had a preseason scrimmage last Saturday at Parkersburg Catholic. On Tuesday, the Lady Tigers were slated to host Westside.
The Man boys scrimmage Dec. 11 vs. Wayne.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).