By Kyle Lovern
CHAPMANVILLE – The Lady Miners of Mingo Central opened tournament play with a 64-34 victory over Wayne in the Class AA, Region 4, Section 2 event being played at Danny Godby Gym in Chapmanville.
Freshman guard Tyshira Joplin had a career high 15 points to lead MCHS. Junior center Ashley Curry added 13 points for Coach Clay Campbell’s squad. Curry got in early foul trouble and had to sit out part of the first half.
“Tyshira has really come on for us,” Campbell said. “She played a great floor game and besides scoring, she had 9 assists.”
“Jaida (Taylor) came in and played really well for us,” Campbell said.
Both Caitlyn Cantrell and Taylor scored 8 points and had 8 rebounds, while Hannah Church, Kieria Hammond and Paige Muncy each chipped in 6 points for the Lady Miners.
Cantrell had 5 rebounds, while Church and Hammond each dished out 3 assists.
“This was a total team effort and we got balanced scoring and our full-court man-to-man was effective,” Campbell added.
MCHS shot 26-49 from the floor for 53 percent and they were 11-18 from the free throw line for 61 percent.
MCHS jumped out to a 21-6 first quarter lead and led 37-13 at the half.
Emily Marsh led the Lady Pioneers with 14 points.
Mingo Central now has a record of 11-11 and they will play Scott tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Chapmanville. Scott is one of the top Class AA teams in the state, so it will be a tall order for the Lady Miners.
However, Campbell feels his team can pull off the upset if they play like they did on Monday night.
Score by quarters:
Wayne – 3 10 13 8 – 34
Mingo – 21 16 13 14 – 64
Wayne – Marsh 14, Gue 3, Toney 5, Bartram 6, Justice 6.
Mingo – Cantrell 8, Joplin 15, Church 6, Curry 13, Hammond 6, Muncy 6, Taylor 8, Mahon 2.