County teams ready for sectionals
by Paul Adkins
The second season and the road to Charleston begins tonight.
Logan County girls’ basketball teams are scheduled to begin the journey as Logan and Chapmanville are scheduled to see action in the Class AAA sectional tournaments.
The post-season actually got under way on Tuesday night as Man (13-8) was slated to host Sherman (9-13) in the Class A sectional tourney at the Man Memorial Fieldhouse.
Chapmanville Regional High School, which closed out the season at 11-11 with Saturday night’s home loss to regional foe Sissonville, is the No. 3 seed in its sectional tourney, which is scheduled to be played at Logan’s Willie Akers Arena.
The Lady Tigers are slated to play No. 2 seed Scott (14-8) on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in one of the two semifinals. No. 1 seed and Class AA No. 9 ranked Tolsia (19-3) is set to face either No. 4 seed Mingo Central (10-11) or No. 5 seed 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.
The three-point loss at home to Scott was most painful.
In that one, Chapmanville blew a 13-point lead and endured a scoring drought covering eight and a half minutes as Scott rallied back for the win.
The Lady Hawks closed out the regular season on Saturday with a 53-26 win over Summers County as junior Ali Whitman tallied 16 points and Jaimee Dotson, another junior, scored 13. Dotson led Scott in the win at Chapmanville with 14 points.
Scott is also led by junior guard Julie Conway, sophomore guard Landyn McKinney and sophomore post player Andrea Rankin.
Chapmanville is led by 5-10 point guard Kristin DesRocher, who tossed in 21 points against Scott.
The Lady Tigers are also led by their six senior players — Katelynn Hall, Katelynn Manns, Jessica Rideout, Autumn Baisden, Hailey Price and Chelcie Pritchard.
All six played on Chapmanville’s state tournament team from two years ago. DesRocher also was a member of the team as a freshman.
The Lady Tigers would like to knock off Scott on Wednesday and get another shot at the state tournament. Wednesday’s winner could face Tolsia in Friday night’s sectional championship game, set for 7 p.m. at Logan. Both the winner and the runner-up will automatically advance to next week’s regional co-championship games — just one more win away from Charleston.
Chapmanville coach David Williamson said Scott will be tough to beat.
“When we played them here we had a 10-point lead, took the ball out and kind of froze,” he said. “We have to get some easy buckets. They do a good job of guarding Kristin DesRocher. They will dare the other girls to beat you. We have to get some steals off of our press.”
Williamson said Scott has a lot size which could pose problems for his team.
“We worry about their size,” he said. “Ali Whitman is a legit 6-2. Rankin is a legit 6-1. Our tallest player is 5-10 and she runs the point for us. They are mythodical and that might come from them not having a true point guard. They try to go down and throw it into Whitman. We have to block out. We can’t give them second and third chances. We also have to hit some shots from the outside. They like to play man-to-man and they are going to pack it in on us. We have a hit a couple but it’s always exciting come tournament time. It’s here, finally.”
The Lady Tigers have also played Tolsia twice this season.
If Chapmanville and the Rebels advance the championship game should be a good one.
Tolsia beat Chapmanville 56-55 early in the season on a buzzer-beating shot, then came back to TigerTown later in the campaign to score a 45-42 victory.
Williamson said there’s a lot of parity in the sectional field.
“Mingo Central has been struggling but us, Scott and Tolsia you can just draw a name out of a hat as to whoever is playing well,” he said. “Tolsia is playing very well right now. They’re 18-3. They’ve won eight games by less than five points. They’ve had three buzzer-beaters.”
Scott closed out the season ranked No. 10 in the state in the final Class AA coaches poll. The Lady Hawks were 11th in the last media poll.
* While Chapmanville will be playing its sectional in-county, the Logan High School girls will once again be taking their show on the road.
The No. 3-seeded Lady Cats (13-8) are scheduled to begin play in their Class AAA sectional tourney tonight at 8 against homestanding Huntington at Huntington High School.
The No. 2 seeded Highlanders, which lost to Logan 56-55 earlier in the season on the same HHS floor in the only meeting between the two teams, enter the sectionals with an 18-4 record.
Huntington, ranked No. 3 in the state, has gone 11-1 in its last 12 games and will be looking for revenge on the Lady Cats.
Monday’s play-in game had No. 4 seed Cabell Midland (17-6) beating No. 5 seed Lincoln County, 67-33.
Cabell Midland has moved on to play No. 1 seed and Class AAA No. 2-ranked Spring Valley (19-3) on Wednesday at 6 p.m., also at Huntington.
The two semifinal winners will play in Friday’s 7 p.m. championship game at Huntington. Both teams will advance to the Class AAA regionals.
Logan is led by its dynamic duo of sophomore all-state guard Shayna Gore and freshman all-state hopeful Monica Mitchell.
The Lady Cats lost 61-48 at home last Friday night to Class AA No. 1 Westside in Logan’s Senior Night contest.
Logan, ranked No. 10 in the state in the final Class AAA coaches poll, is seeking its first state tournament berth since 2000. The Lady Cats were unranked in the final AP media poll.
* In Class A Region 3 Section 1, Sherman defeated Van 66-32 on Monday night, while Montcalm was a 28-19 winner over Greater Beckley Christian.
Action continued on Tuesday night as Montcalm was scheduled to play at No. 1 seed Tug Valley. No. 2 seed Man was slated to host Sherman.
The two teams are slated to meet on Thursday night at 7 at the higher seed’s gym.
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