Tigers stay hot by scorching Pioneers
by Paul Adkins
CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville-Wayne series hasn’t exactly been very competitive over the years.
Just as Wayne has dominated the football series between the two schools, the Tigers have had their way with the Pioneers over the years in basketball.
The Chapmanville Regional High School boys’ hoop team won another one over Wayne on Friday night at the CRHS gym as the Tigers cruised to a 52-29 victory over the Pioneers.
Chapmanville trailed Wayne 6-0 early but would go on to outscore the Pioneers 52-23 the rest of the way.
The Tigers, coached by first-year mentor Allan Hatcher, have now won six out of their last seven games and have improved to 7-4 overall and 3-3 in the Cardinal Conference. Wayne, struggling through yet another basketball season, dropped to 3-6, 0-6.
For Chapmanville, it was its seventh straight win over Wayne, dating back to the 2008-09 season when the Pioneers won three over the Tigers, including a sectional matchup. Chapmanville is now 15-3 against Wayne since 2000.
Kenny Plumley led the Tigers with a 13-point effort. He scored 11 of those points in the first half.
Brady Cox, a 6-foot-4 junior forward, came off the bench to score a career-high 12 points. Mike Hurst added nine points, while Mackenzie Martin, Trey Dalton and Jon Williamson tallied four each. Joe Tackett and Trevor Nagy had three apiece for the Tigers.
Wayne was led by Brett Justice who finished with 11 points.
After trailing early to the Pioneers, Chapmanville turned up the defensive pressure and forced numerous turnovers. The strategy worked as many of those steals turned into easy buckets and the Tigers were able to turn the tide of the game.
The Pioneers committed a whopping 32 turnovers for the game, while the Tigers had 15.
Chapmanville outshot and outrebounded the Pioneers as well. The Tigers were 16-for-38 shooting from the floor for 42.1 percent. The Pioneers were only 8-for-35 for a woeful 22.9 percent.
Wayne was just 4-for-12 from the free throw line while the Tigers connected on 18-of-27 charity tosses.
Chapmanville controlled the boards as well with a 31-19 edge.
It all added up to another blowout victory over the Pioneers.
Down 6-0 early, the Tigers immediately made their move after a timeout called by Coach Hatcher.
Two Martin free throws, a Martin topside 17-footer and a layin by Cox tied the game 6-6 with 2:53 to go in the first quarter.
Chapmanville then went ahead for good and led 8-6 after one quarter of play when Plumley scored on a lay-in at the 1:53 mark.
The Tigers soon took control of the game.
The lead swelled to 20-13 with 3:12 left until the half after Plumley’s power move inside the paint.
Dalton then netted two free throws and Plumley scored again inside the lane to make it a 24-13 ballgame.
Tackett then drilled a 3-pointer for the Tigers with only 57 ticks to go as CRHS led 27-16.
Chapmanville led 27-19 at the half and turned up the heat even more in the second half.
The Tigers went ahead 38-23 in the third quarter after a pair of buckets by Cox. Hurst then gave Chapmanville a 40-23 advantage after three with a pair of free throws.
Chapmanville held a 43-23 lead in the early moments of the fourth quarter with a make from 3-point land by Hurst.
The Tigers would outscore Wayne 25-10 in the second half.
Chapmanville was scheduled to return to action with Saturday’s home game against Nicholas County.
The Tigers are back in action on Tuesday at Herbert Hoover in a Cardinal Conference contest. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Herbert Hoover High School gym at Falling Rock. The Tigers beat the Huskies 42-24 in the season opener at Chapmanville.
CRHS is then at Tolsia on Jan. 25, at Nicholas County on Jan. 29 and home against arch-rival Scott on Feb. 1.
Chapmanville Tigers (7-4)
2012-13 Boys’ Basketball Schedule
Dec. 11: Herbert Hoover, W 42-24
Dec. 14: Mingo Central, L 51-50 (OT)
Dec. 18: at Lincoln County, L 43-51
Dec. 21: Poca, L 29-32
Dec. 28: Man (Bob Runyon Memorial Tournament), W 94-44
Dec. 29: Pikeview (Bob Runyon Memorial Tournament), W 63-58
Jan. 2: at Man, W 77-51
Jan. 4: at Scott, L 51-63
Jan. 8: Lincoln County, W 68-36
Jan. 12: at Sissonville, W 58-46
Jan. 18: Wayne, W 52-29
Jan. 19: Nicholas County, late
Jan. 22: at Herbert Hoover, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25: at Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 29: at Nicholas County, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1: Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 5: at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8: Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12: at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15: at Wayne, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 16: Sissonville, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 19: Man, 7:30 p.m.
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