WAYNE - The Mingo Central Miners shot down the Wayne Pioneers 75-45 Tuesday night in a Cardinal Conference game. The contest was a make-up of a game that had been postponed because of inclement weather a couple of weeks ago.
Mingo Central took a 21-6 first quarter lead and led 41-16 at the half.
“We jumped out early and pushed the ball,” said Miner’s coach Brad Napier. “We got some transition baskets. Our defense was good in the first half. We held them to just 16 points.”
Several players saw action in the game for Mingo Central. Reserve guard Mallie May had his best game of the season with 10 points. Alex Lee and Marqus Cunningham each scored 11 for the Miners. They helped control the boards early in the game.
Matt Lester added eight points, while Austin Banks scored seven for MCHS. Zack Barker and Dalton Hatfield each scored six points, while Julius Hatcher and Garth Simpkins added five each. Stevie Hammond rounded out the scoring with five points.
Alex Elkins and Joel Watts led Wayne with 12 points each. Brett Justice scored 11 for the Pioneers.
Mingo Central winds up its regular season tonight as they travel to Herbert Hoover for another make-up game.
The Miners, now 12-9 (7-5 in the conference) will start Class AA sectional tournament play next Tuesday taking on Scott at the Logan Fieldhouse. That game will be the second of a doubleheader and is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. The first game will be Tolsia playing the winner of the Wayne-Chapmanville play-in game which is scheduled for Saturday night. That contest is slated to begin at 6:00 p.m.
Score by quarters:
MCHS … 21 20 22 10 - 75
WHS … 6 10 16 13 - 45
Mingo Central - Banks 7, Lester 8, Lee 11, Hatcher 5, Cunningham 11, Hammond 4, Barker 6, May 10, Simpkins 5, D. Hatfield 6.
Wayne - Egnor 1, Elkins 12, Justice 11, C. Queen 2, Watts 12, B. Queen 2, Wickline 5.