By Kyle Lovern
RED JACKET – You could maybe blame it on the full moon that was shining brightly down on top of the mountaintop location of Mingo Central High School.
Or you can just give credit to the visiting Chapmanville Tigers who came into the Miner’s gym and basically shut them down.
Simply put, the Miners played terrible on Wednesday night as the Chapmanville Tigers mauled Mingo Central 53-27.
“This has already become a big rivalry,” CRHS head coach Allan Hatcher said. “I have a lot of respect for Brad (Napier). But, they didn’t shoot very well.”
“Hopefully, our defense had something to do with that,” Hatcher added.
“We lost two big games to them last year,” Hatcher recalled. “But, it’s a long season and I’m sure they will be ready the next time we play.”
To say that Mingo Central didn’t shoot well is an understatement. The Miners were only 8-41 from the field for 19 percent for the game.
As the old saying goes, the home team couldn’t throw it out of a boat and hit water. Mingo Central was 0-16 from 3-point range.
“We’re relying too much on the 3-pointer,” Napier said. “They packed it in and made us shoot from the outside.”
“We are not shooting well and we’ve got to find a way to be successful when we’re not hitting from outside,” Napier added.
CRHS came out with a half-court trap and jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead. Mingo finally settled down a little, but trailed 14-8 after the first quarter.
The first half was fast-paced and flew by quickly.
Mingo Central went into the dressing room at the half trailing 21-13. Alex Lee had six first half points for the Miners, while Josh Butcher scored seven and Joe Tackett five in the first two quarters for the Tigers.
The second half proved to be even tougher for the Miners. Chapmanville came out with a quick 9-0 run to start the third quarter to take a 30-13 lead.
They didn’t let off the gas and continued their run increasing the score to 33-13 after a 3-pointer from Trey Dalton.
Lee hit one of two free throws for the Miners to put a Band-Aid on the bleeding, but CRHS had a 15-1 run and when all was said and done, the Tigers had a commanding 43-22 lead.
The Miners had dug themselves a big hole and could never climb back out of it.
The Tigers outscored the Miners 10-5 in the final quarter.
“I didn’t think we played well, we just couldn’t get into a rhythm,” Napier added. “Our confidence got down after we missed some easy shots early in the game. We have to be more consistent. Our defense was not that bad. If you would have told me we would hold them to 21 points at the half, we would have been happy with that.”
Brady Cox led CRHS with 19 points, while Butcher, who is second in the Cardinal Conference in scoring, had 12 points. Butcher came in averaging 16.9 points per game behind Mingo’s Lee who went into the game averaging 17.9. Lee finished with 11 points leading the Miners.
Kenny Plumley added eight points, while Dalton chipped in seven for the Tigers. Tackett finished with five and Zac Casto added two points.
Stevie Hammond and Mallie May had seven points for MCHS, while Chase Hatfield scored two. Mingo only had four players to score.
Chapmanville fired in 5-of-12 from behind the arc for 42 percent and they were 20-43 from the field for 47 percent. The Tigers were 8-9 at the free throw line for 89 percent.
Mingo made 11-17 at the foul line for 65 percent.
The Miners are now 3-6 (2-3) and will play host to Wayne tonight and take on local rival Belfry in the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout in the finale of that event on Saturday night.
Chapmanville, ranked No. 5 in Class AA in the Mountain State, is now 8-1 (3-0) for the season. The Tigers will travel to Greenbrier East tonight. Greenbrier East is ranked No. 5 in Class AAA.
Score by quarters:
C’ville … 14 7 22 10 - 53
Mingo …. 8 5 9 5 - 27
CRHS - Dalton 7, Butcher 12, Tackett 5, Cox 19, Plumley 8, Casto 2.
MCHS - Hammond 7, May 7, D. Hatfield 0, Lee 11, Hatcher 0, Dillon 0, C. Hatfield 2.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33)