By Kyle Lovern
Mingo Central’s basketball team will get their belly full of basketball after being famished as of late due to old man winter’s grip on the area.
Coach Brad Napier’s squad has had several games postponed the last few weeks and this has forced them to schedule seven games in just eight days starting on tonight (Tuesday.)
All but one of the games this week will be on the road and all but two of the 8-game stretch will be Cardinal Conference opponents. The only two non-conference games will be with Tug Valley.
“We’re just ready to play some games,” Napier said. “It is hard to get a rhythm with all of these postponements. We’ve not been able to practice much either and when we do, not everyone has been able to make it.”
Mingo Central will travel to Naugatuck on Tuesday night to take on county rival Tug Valley. Then on Wednesday they travel to Poca for a rematch with the Dots, who are one of the top ranked Class AA teams in the state.
On Thursday Mingo Central travels back up Corridor G into Kanawha County to take on the Indians of Sissonville, while on Friday they have another tough conference rematch with Scott in Madison.
On this coming Saturday, the Miners finally get a home game as they host Tolsia. That will be Senior Night for the four 12th graders on the squad.
Next Monday, Feb. 24, the Miners will travel to Wayne to take on the much-improved Pioneers and then on Tuesday they will host Tug Valley in the regular season finale.
“We will only have one practice (Monday, Feb. 17) before all of these games,” Napier stressed. “We will use these next seven games as practice to get ready for the sectional tournament.”
“We need to work on some things before the sectional,” he said. The Class AA sectional will be played at the Logan Fieldhouse.
“We will have to use everybody and play a lot of kids,” Napier said about the 7-game sprint.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33)