Martin leads Tigers to dramatic win
by Paul Adkins
CHAPMANVILLE — Mackenzie Martin has thrilled crowds before with his late game heroics in his three-year career with the Chapmanville Regional High School basketball team.
He did it again on Saturday night at Chapmanville’s newly named Danny Godby Gymnasium as he drilled a 23-foot topside 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left as the Tigers defeated Sissonville 52-51 in a Cardinal Conference game.
Chapmanville, which improved to 11-9 overall and 6-7 in the conference, gained a season series sweep over the Indians. The Tigers had won 58-46 at Sissonville on Jan. 12.
Chapmanville and Sissonville have had a sprited rivalry over the last few years. During the 2009-10 season, the two teams shared the Cardinal Conference championship and it was the Indians which knocked off the Tigers in the Class AA regional co-championship game, preventing Chapmanville from making its elusive first trip to the state tournament at the Charleston Civic Center.
Sissonville dropped to 7-14, 4-10 with the loss.
Martin, a 6-foot-4 senior, finished with a game-high 30 points for the Tigers. He went over 1,500 career points with the game-winning shot and became Chapmanville’s all-time leading scorer. Martin averages more than 20 points a game and is the leading scorer in the Cardinal Conference.
“The basket that he scored gave him 1,500 points and that’s a record at Chapmanville for a boys’ basketball player,” Tigers’ first-year coach Allan Hatcher said. “He’s able to make big shots because he doesn’t mind to take them. He’s been our go-to guy all year long. That was a huge shot and a big win.”
Chapmanville had trailed 49-42 with about three minutes to go in the game.
The Tigers then pulled to with 50-48 and 51-49 after a split from the free throw line by Martin with 54 seconds left.
After Martin’s 3, Sissonville called timeout and tried to push the ball down court for a potential game-winning shot. The ball went to Zach Null in the corner but Null’s 3 fell off the mark as time expired.
“It was a big win for us because we really played from behind most of the second half,” Hatcher said. “It showed a lot of fight in our kids and a lot of heart. As a first-year coach at a new school you are happy to see your kids come back like that and win a hard fought game. We showed a lot of guts. Our kids have come a long way and have gotten better.”
Null led the Indians with 23 points.
Brady Cox tallied eight points off the bench for Chapmanville. Kenny Plumley had seven, Mikie Hurst six and Zac Casto one.
Sissonville led 17-13 after one quarter, 28-25 at the half and 41-36 after three before the Tigers made their move late in the game.
Chapmanville, playing a rough stretch of four games in five nights, were scheduled to hit the road on Monday night at sectional foe Tolsia in a makeup game. The Rebels (13-7) beat CRHS 52-41 on Feb. 8 at Chapmanville.
The Tigers are then scheduled to close out the regular season on Tuesday night at home against county rival Man in Chapmanville’s annual Senior Night game. The Tigers are already 2-0 this season over the Hillbillies as Chapmanville won 94-44 on Dec. 28 at Chapmanville in the Bob Runyon Memorial Holiday Tournament and then prevailed 73-51 at Man on Jan. 2.
“Our kids are playing pretty good heading into tournament time,” Hatcher said. “We have a huge game with Tolsia. All of the seedings could be put into the air.”
Chapmanville is then scheduled to take part in next week’s Class AA sectional tourney at Logan. The Tigers are believed to be the No. 4 seed and would face No. 5 Wayne on Saturday night in the play-in game.
“We’re locked into the four seed but the seedings could change with who gets first,” Hatcher said. “We play Wayne on Saturday and if we win that one we would play the number one seed, maybe Tolsia or Mingo Central.”
CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School girls’ basketball team lost 50-39 at home to Sissonville on Saturday night at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium.
It was the regular season finale and Senior Night at Chapmanville as the Lady Tigers honored their six senior players — Katelynn Manns, Katelynn Hall, Jessica Rideout, Autumn Baisden, Hailey Price and Chelcie Pritchard, who was celebrating her 18th birthday.
The game was part of a boys/girls varsity doubleheader against Sissonville.
Chapmanville closed out the regular season 11-11 overall and 7-7 in the Cardinal Conference.
Sissonville, which swept the season series with Chapmanville, also winning 47-32 at home, improved to 16-6, 11-3.
The Indians led the Lady Tigers 11-6 after one quarter and 20-19 at the half before falling behind 28-24 after three. Sissonville then outscored Chapmanville 26-11 in the fourth, thanks to 14-for-16 free throw shooting effort in the game’s final eight minutes.
“We were playing good defense but they scored 26 points in the fourth quarter and that’s more than they scored in the first three,” Chapmanville coach David Williamson said.
Sissonville hit on its first 14 foul shots in the fourth before missing its last two. The Indians were 17-for-20 from the charity stripe for the game for 85 percent. The Lady Tigers were 9-for-11 from the line for 81.8 percent.
Madison Jones led Sissonville with 21 points. Karli Pinkerton had 16.
Kristin DesRocher paced the Lady Tigers with 14 points. Hall had eight and Rideout seven. Manns, Baisden, Pritchard, Price and Hillary Hainer all had two points.
Trailing by four after three, Sissonville tied the game at 28, 30 and 32. Pinkerton then put the Indians on top for good with 4:42 left after swishing a pair of free throws. Taylor Rhodes then hit a 3-ball and Jones nailed a 3 to make it 40-33 with 3:39 remaining.
Pinkerton later hit four more foul shots as Sissonville led 46-37.
Jones then sealed the win as she netted four free throws of her own.
The Lady Tigers shift their focus to this week’s Class AA sectional tourney at Logan High School. Chapmanville, the No. 3 seed, is scheduled to play No. 2 seed Scott (14-8) on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in one of the two semifinals. No. 1 seed Tolsia (19-3) is slated to face either No. 4 Mingo Central (10-11) or No. 5 Wayne at 6 p.m. in the opener.
The Mingo Central Miners and the Wayne Pioneers were slated to play on Monday night in the play-in game.
Chapmanville lost twice to Scott this season by close margins as the Lady Hawks won 45-42 at CRHS and 41-37 at Madison.
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