With the sectional tournament looming on the horizon, the Scott Skyhawk boys basketball team scrambled toward the end of the regular season with a win over hapless Wayne and two losses last week.
The week placed the Skyhawk season record at 12-9 with one regular season game remaining. That contest was scheduled for yesterday (Tuesday, February 19). It was senior night for the Hawks.
Losses last week came at the hands of Class AA top-ranked Bluefield and at Mingo Central.
Despite the relatively rocky road since Scott reeled off eight straight wins to start the season, the Hawks remain one of the favorites to escape the sectional tournament for a chance at traveling to the state tourney in Charleston.
If Tolsia defeated Chapmanville Regional High in their season finale this week, Scott would be set up to play Mingo Central, Tuesday, February 26. That first sectional tournament game for the Hawks would tipoff at 8 pm at the Logan Fieldhouse.
The sectional championship will be played on Friday, March 1, also at Logan. The regionals will be held the following Wednesday.
But Scott Head Coach Nick Cabell was concentrating on the final regular season opponent, Poca, as he prepared his team early this week.
A win over the Dots would be a major momentum boost for the Skyhawks going into the post-season, Cabell said. “We want to hit our stride at tournament time,” he said. “A win over Poca would be a major step in the right direction.”
In the final game last week, Mingo Central picked up the 65-61 win.
Scott took the first quarter, 18-13; and led 35-26 at intermission. But Scott went cold in the third period and trailed 44-42 as the final stanza began. Central outscored Scott, 21-19 in the final period for the final margin.
Senior leader Matt Dolan topped the Hawk scoring, tossing in 28 points. Anthony Sigmon added nine; Logan Webb contributed eight; Cody Brown and Eric May added seven each; and Brandon Lafauci and Dylyn Brown, two apiece for Scott.
M. Cunningham led the game scoring, with 27 points for Central. J. Hatcher and Alex Lee scored in double digits for the Miners, with 11 markers each.
At Bluefield on Monday, the Beavers dominated Scott from start to finish.
Bluefield took the first quarter, 22-12; and held a 43-32 halftime margin. The third period went to the Beavers, 28-20, putting the count at 71-53 after three. Bluefield took the final frame, 23-14 for the final score.
Matt Dolan again led the Hawk scoring with 25 points. May added 17; Sigmon, 12; Webb, six; Dylyn Brown, four; Cody Brown, two; and Nick Kuhn, one for Scott.
Anthony Eades led a balanced Bluefield offense, with 21 points. Also scoring in double figures were: Michael Yost with 16 markers; Lykel Collier with 13; D.J. Edwards and Corey Cupputo added 12 each; and Matthew Woodrum, 10 for the Beavers.
The Pioneers were simply outmatched by Scott and the scoreboard showed it.
Scott got off to a 17-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and held a 40-12 margin at the half. After three periods, the Hawks were up, 63-23; before winning the final frame 17-13 for the final victory edge.
Lafauci led the game scoring in the route, tossing in 19 for the Hawks. May added 11; Dolan and Webb, 10 each; Kuhn, six; Cody Brown and Dylyn Brown, five apiece; Patrick Underwood and Tyler Hill, four each; Sigmon and Kirk Price, two apiece; and Nick Dolan and Danny Holley, two each for the Skyhawks.
Brayden Baker scored 12 as the only Pioneer to hit double digits.