Winning on the road in the Cardinal Conference is never easy.
And that includes winning at Sissonville.
The Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ basketball team knows that.
The trend continued on Tuesday night as the Tigers lost 63-52 at Sissonville.
Chapmanville dropped to 10-8 overall and 5-6 in the Cardinal Conference. Sissonville improved to 11-7, 7-4. The Indians are third place in the league standings, while the Tigers are fifth, one-half game behind Tolsia which has a 5-5 mark.
Sissonville jumped out to a 16-4 lead after the first quarter and only trailed 2-0 to CRHS. The Indians led 33-23 at the half and 51-37 after three.
Sissonville pretty much wrapped up the game at the free throw line as the Indians sank 18-for-19 for a sizzling 94.7 percent.
Seth Bowlin connected on four 3-pointers and paced the Indians with 21 points. Chance Brown added 20 points.
Chapmanville was led by Jordan Whitt who scored 19 points on the night. Drew Williamson had 17 and Tyler Moore 10.
The Tigers made no shots from 3-point land.
Sissonville was able to put the game away late.
Moore hit a jumper and then scored on a layup, cutting Sissonville’s lead to 51-43.
The Indians led by 10 at 55-45 after a Williamson bucket.
Sissonville then put the win on ice with eight straight free throws in the game’s final minutes.
CRHS split with Sissonville in the regular season.
The Tigers have one week to go before the start of post-season play. Chapmanville hosts Class AA sectional and conference rivals Wayne on Friday night and Tolsia on Saturday evening. The regular season finale is Feb. 23 at Man in a non-league affair.
Chapmanville is then set to play the following week in the Class AA sectional tournament at Logan with Tolsia (11-7), Scott (7-12), Wayne (6-13) and Mingo Central (2-16).
The sectional seedings are not yet determined, however, Mingo Central is likely to get the No. 5 seed and Wayne the No. 4, meaning the Miners and Pioneers would face each other in the first-round play-in game.
The number one through three seeds are still up in the air.
“We kind of like where we are at and we think that we’re headed into the right direction,” CRHS coach Brad Napier said. “We’ve went through some growing pains this year and we think we are getting better and better at the right time.”
Chapmanville’s last two conference games against Wayne and Tolsia are very important and could tell the tale what seed the Tigers will get.
CRHS lost at Tolsia earlier in the season 80-60 and beat Wayne 66-63 on the road. It was the Wayne Pioneers which upset Chapmanville in last year’s Class AA sectional tourney.
“They are all important but right now you want momentum and you want to keep your confidence up. With a young team a lot of it comes down to confidence,” Napier said.
CRHS won Tuesday’s JV game over Sissonville 74-52.
Sissonville made it a sweep on Tuesday night over Chapmanville in more ways than one.
The Sissonville High School girls’ basketball team defeated the CRHS Lady Tigers 75-49 to complete a sweep in a boys/girls doubleheader. Earlier in Game 1, the Sissonville boys beat Chapmanville.
The Indians also made it a season series sweep over the Lady Tigers. Earlier in the hoop campaign, Sissonville beat Chapmanville 57-44 on the road.
Sissonville, ranked No. 4 in the state in Class AA, improved to 17-2 on the season with the win.
The Indians were paced by Mikayla Long, who drilled four 3-pointers and netted 20 points on the night. Karli Pinkerton also tallied 19 points, six rebounds and six assists. Madison Jones added 12 points and five assists and Marleigh Bays scored 12 points for the Indians.
Abby Marcum and Madison Webb led Chapmanville with 13 and 10 points respectively.
Chapmanville fell to 11-9 overall and 7-6 in the Cardinal Conference with the loss.
The Lady Tigers, the No. 2 seed for the upcoming sectional tourney, is set to battle with No. 3 seed Tolsia (10-11) next Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Logan in the sectional semifinals.
School Conf All
Poca 11-0 15-2
Herbert Hoover 8-2 13-4
Sissonville 7-4 11-7
Tolsia 5-5 11-7
Chapmanville 5-6 10-8
Scott 5-7 7-12
Wayne 2-9 6-13
Mingo Central 2-9 2-16
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).