CHAPMANVILLE — If you want to come see the Chapmanville Regional High School Tigers and their bid for next week’s state tournament you’d better come early.
A capacity crowd is expected for Thursday night’s Class AA Region 4 co-championship game as host Chapmanville (16-8) is scheduled to face off with Cardinal Conference foe Sissonville (15-9) at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium.
Tipoff time is 7 p.m.
The doors open at 5:30 and fans are urged to come early if they want to have a ticket and a place to sit.
Chapmanville last hosted the regional co-final two years ago as the Tigers beat Nicholas County 44-41 on Josh Butcher’s 3-pointer at the buzzer, lifting CRHS to the state tournament for the first time in school history.
A jam-packed crowd of 1,550 fans were on hand for that game and CRHS officials are expecting the same kind of turnout tonight.
Chapmanville has had a good season, led by first-year head coach Brad Napier, a Harts native. Napier led Mingo Central to the state tournament last year and had coached the Miners for three years after being a longtime assistant coach under Mark Hatcher at Logan High School.
The Tigers are red-hot, having won nine out of their last 10 games.
The Tigers and Indians split during the regular season, so Thursday’s game represents the rubber match. Chapmanville lost 63-52 on Feb. 16 at Sissonville in the previous meeting. The Indians won 65-55 on Jan. 19 at Sissonville.
Game 3 appears to be a toss-up with Tigers possibly having a slight edge being at home.
Chapmanville advanced with a dramatic 38-36 win over rival Scott in the Class AA sectional championship game last Friday at Logan.
Sissonville fell 66-39 to No. 1-ranked Poca in its sectional final. Poca (22-2) hosts Scott (11-13) in Thursday night’s other sectional title game.
Thursday’s Class AA
State Regional Title Games:
Webster County (17-4) at Fairmont Senior (19-5)
East Fairmont (11-11) at Ravenswood (16-8)
Robert C. Byrd (18-5) at Keyser (13-10)
Frankfort (18-6) at Bridgeport (21-2)
Bluefield (14-7) at Westside (15-9)
Wyoming East (18-4) at PikeView (18-5)
Scott (11-13) at Poca (22-2)
Sissonville (15-9) at Chapmanville (16-8)
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).