Despite a slow start the Scott High School boys’ basketball team kicked it in gear and kicked the Wayne Pioneers out of the Class AA Region 4 Section 2 Tournament with a 78-60 semifinal win on Tuesday night at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
Scott improved to 11-12 and advanced to Friday night’s sectional championship game against rival Chapmanville (15-8), a team the Skyhawks have beat twice this season.
The win over Wayne also assured the Skyhawks a spot in next week’s Class AA regional co-finals with a matchup against either No. 1-ranked Poca or Sissonville.
Wayne, which jumped out to an early 10-point lead over Scott but could not hold, saw its season come to a close at 6-17.
The Skyhawks were led by Tanner Bell, who powered his way into the lane for several second-chance buckets in the paint and finished the night with 23 points.
Patrick Underwood tossed in 17 points for Scott as he drilled three 3-pointers and was 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
Alan Johnson and Andrew Day also reached double figures in scoring for Scott with 12 and 10 points respectively. Johnson canned 6-for-7 of his free throws.
Nicholas Dolan chipped in with seven points. Nathan Kuhn had three and John Price, Isaac Miller and Jordan Kish all had two points each.
Colby Wickline kept Wayne in the game in the first half, burying six 3-pointers and pitched in 23 points for the night. Cameron Wallace had 11, Cayden Ross and Zach Perry had eight each, Seth Napier six and Kyler Adkins and Jeremiah Milum had two apiece.
Wayne was just 5-for-6 from the free throw line, while Scott made 18-of-24 of its foul shots.
Wayne led 21-16 after the first quarter but fell behind 37-28 at the half as the Skyhawks outscored the Pioneers 21-7 in the second.
Scott outpaced Wayne 20-10 in the third to grab a 57-38 lead. Wayne then outpointed Scott 22-21 in the final quarter to set the final score.
Scott shot 47 percent from the floor, while the Pioneers made 38 percent of their shots. The Skyhawks had 34 points in the paint to just 18 for Wayne.
Wayne caught fire early, racing out to a 12-2 lead at the 5:15 mark of the first quarter after a pair of 3s by Wickline.
Scott then went on an 11-0 run, fueled by 3s by Underwood and Day and a three-point play by Bell to go up 13-12.
Wayne then countered with a 9-2 run after a topside 3 by Wickline to grab a 21-15 lead. Wayne led 21-16 after one.
Scott then took control of the game with a 21-7 edge in the second period to take a 37-28 lead.
Johnson tied it at 23 with a pair of free throws with 6:39 to go until halftime. Day’s baseline drive then put Scott up 25-23. It was a lead the Skyhawks would not relinquish.
Bell then scored on a putback, Johnson added two free throws and Underwood scored on an 8-foot floater as the lead swelled to 31-24. Later, Underwood’s short shot finished off a 19-3 Scott run as the Skyhawks led 35-24.
Scott’s lead then continued to grow in the third quarter. Underwood’s 3 later made it 57-35 with 1:04 left.
The Skyhawks led by as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).