CHAPMANVILLE — Since Chapmanville Regional High School girls’ basketball coach David Williamson announced earlier this week that this would be his last year as the Lady Tigers’ mentor, his team is looking ahead to the post-season.
CRHS would like nothing more than to make it back to the Class AA state tournament one more time.
Williamson last led the Lady Tigers to the Big Dance in 2011 when Chapmanville lost in the opening round to Summers County.
Chapmanville, 10-8 overall and 6-5 in the Cardinal Conference, has four regular season games left to play before the sectionals.
Although it’s still unofficial, Chapmanville will likely get the No. 2 or No. 3 seed and a sectional semifinal matchup against Tolsia on Feb. 24 at Logan’s Willie Akers Arena.
Wayne (14-3), which has been ranked in the state’s top 10 all season long, will likely be the No. 1 seed and will get a first-round bye.
That leaves Mingo Central (5-10) as the likely No. 4 and winless Scott (0-17) as the No. 5. The Miners and the Pioneers are set to square off in the 4/5 play-in game on Feb. 22 at Logan in a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Wayne would then play the Mingo Central/Scott winner on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. in the semifinals. Chapmanville would face Tolsia in the other semifinal game at 8 p.m.
The two semifinal winners play on Feb. 25 in the sectional championship game at 7 p.m. at Logan.
“We have a goal to make it to the state tournament,” said Williamson, following his team’s 49-44 win over county rival Logan on Tuesday in the Little General Shootout in the Big House at the Charleston Civic Center.
The Chapmanville-Tolsia game looks to be an intriguing matchup. The two teams have split this season with Tolsia winning 60-46 on Dec. 22 at Chapmanville and the Tigers winning 66-44 on Jan. 21 at Glenhayes.
“It’s not set but it’s pretty much a done deal. Wayne will probably be the number one team. This is the best team that they’ve had in decades,” Coach Williamson said. “Scott and Mingo Central have struggled and they will be the number four and number five seeds. That leaves us and Tolsia as the two vs. three. They beat us by 14 at home and we got them down there. We hope to win the section and then go to the state tournament.”
The sectional winner and runner-up advance to the upcoming regional tournament.
The two regional co-champs then go to state.
If Chapmanville beats Tolsia, CRHS would likely play Wayne in the finals.
The Pioneers beat the Lady Tigers twice this season by 48-40 and 67-46 scores.
Chapmanville has achieved balance this season with freshmen players Madison Webb and Kaylee Blair, senior point guard NeNe Osborne, senior guard Shian Meeks, junior guard Lexi Martin, junior forward Abby Marcum, 5-10 junior center Taylor Manns and others. Junior Lexi Hines, a transfer from Logan, has been out most of the season due to injury.
“I’m proud of the girls and I’m proud of the seniors,” Williamson said. “We’ve had some balance and you don’t know where your scoring is coming from. Madison Webb, a freshman, is our leading scorer and she had two points today. Someone else will step up and score eight, 10 or 12. It’s been that way all season. We’re consistently inconsistent.”
The sectional runner-ups will then match up against the other section’s winner and runner-up.
Right now, Sissonville (14-2) appears to be the favorite in the other sectional.
“On the other side you have Sissonville and they are the defending state champions,” Williamson said. “Sissonville will be the number one ranked team in their section. They you have Clay County and Poca who would be the two and three. Herbert Hoover and Nicholas County are also over there. It’s still all up in the air. The regular season is like a big, long practice. Then it will be tournament time.”
Girls’ Basketball Standings
TEAM CONF ALL
Sissonville 9-0 14-2
Wayne 9-1 14-3
Tolsia 8-4 10-8
Chapmanville 6-5 10-8
Poca 5-5 8-8
Herbert Hoover 3-7 5-12
Mingo Central 2-8 5-10
Scott 0-11 0-17
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).