CHAPMANVILLE — The last time Lexi Hines played in the Logan-Chapmanville high school girls’ basketball game was last January in Logan’s King Coal Classic.
Chapmanville, in a brilliant strategy, slowed the game way down, often holding the ball as minutes milked away on the clock.
The reason was obvious.
The Lady Tigers wanted to keep the ball out of the hands of Logan’s all-state guard Shayna Gore, keep 6-foot-2 center Monica Mitchell off the boards and stop Hines and her teammates Kyra Cline and Summer Collins from nailing down 3-pointers.
It almost worked.
Logan ended up winning the game 31-30 at Logan’s Willie Akers Arena.
Fast-forward a year and the 2015-16 prep basketball season is just around the corner.
The new season tips off on December 2 in Chapmanville as the Lady Tigers are scheduled to host the Logan Lady Cats.
There will be many changes this time, however.
Gore has taken her game to Marshall University. Collins and Cline have also graduated. Collins is a freshman member of the Marshall women’s softball team.
But this biggest change will be Hines, a 5-foot-10 guard/forward, who will be wearing the Orange and Black of the Chapmanville Regional Tigers this time around.
Following the basketball season a year ago, Hines transferred away from Logan to Chapmanville.
With the long-range shooting of Hines and the potential of averaging at least 15 points or more a game, Chapmanville’s roster has been bolstered big time.
She’s expected to make an immediate impact.
And with veteran starters such as NeNe Osborne, Lexi Martin, Abby Marcum and Shian Meeks returning, Chapmanville hopes to make some noise in the new roundball season.
CRHS coach David Williamson, who led Chapmanville to the Class AA state tournament in 2011, said he’s thrilled to have Hines on the team.
“Lexi is a real good player,” Williamson said. “She kind of fell into our lap. She ended up here and we were sort of surprised. She’s had some health issues with some injuries that she’s battling through right now but we’re looking for a big year out of her. She played against some really tough teams last year when she was at Logan when they played against Triple-A teams like Morgantown and South Charleston. I told her that she could have a field day here in Double-A. It’s just a different style of basketball. She could knock down a lot of 3-pointers.”