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Mingo Central's Alex Lee (11) was surrounded by Belfry players as he makes a pass from inside the lane. Also in the picture, from left, are Belfry's Cameron Catron (12), Cole Bentley and Nathan Copley (11).
Mingo Central's Alex Lee (11) was surrounded by Belfry players as he makes a pass from inside the lane. Also in the picture, from left, are Belfry's Cameron Catron (12), Cole Bentley and Nathan Copley (11).
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By Kyle Lovern


klovern@civitasmedia.com


WILLIAMSON - The Tug River Rivalry between Mingo Central and Belfry was the finale of the Hatfield & McCoy Shootout at the historic Williamson Fieldhouse on Saturday night. And the game didn’t disappoint the fans that stayed till the end.


Sophomore Dalton Hatfield hit a short 15-foot jumper, near the foul line at the buzzer, to send the Miners home with a 59-58 victory just past the midnight hour.


It was sort of fitting that a true Hatfield won the game in the 11th Annual Hatfield & McCoy Shootout.


Belfry had battled back and taken the lead for the first time with 8.4 seconds left on the game clock as Cameron Catron rebounded a missed shot and laid it back in for a one point Pirate lead.


But, that gave MCHS head coach Brad Napier time to set up one play. The inbounds pass went to senior Alex Lee who quickly drove up the floor and hit Hatfield with the pass who fired in the game winner as the final seconds ticked off.


The Miner’s players stormed the floor in jubilation and mobbed Hatfield.


Hatfield finished with 17 points, while Lee scored 12. Julius Hatcher and Mallie May each chipped in 8 points, while Adam Dillon contributed 7 off the bench.


Mingo Central jumped out to a 23-12 first quarter lead. Belfry chipped away a little in the second quarter outscoring the Miners 15-11 to cut the lead to 34-27 at the half.


The game was close throughout the contest as Mingo Central held slim leads over the young Pirates squad of coach Mark Thompson.


The two teams played even in the third quarter 15-15 all, but Belfry fought back in the final period and took the lead with seconds remaining, only to have their hearts broken when Hatfield swished in his game winner.


“We had some good moments, but we had some moments where we didn’t play well,” MCHS head coach Brad Napier said. “We had over 20 turnovers. You have to give Belfry credit. We need to do a better job of taking care of the basketball and finish games.”


“Dalton made a heck of a shot at the end,” Napier said.


“We got off to a good start,” Napier added. “But, we got into some foul trouble. We had our two biggest players on the bench (Lee and Dillon) and that’s when their big guy scored all of his points.”


Big 6’5” freshman Cole Bentley led Belfry with a double-double scoring 14 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Garrett Fannin got into double figures with 11, while Trey Price added 9 points.


Belfry was cold from the floor making 17-29 shots for 29 percent, including only 2-16 from 3-point land. They made 22-27 free throws for 81 percent.


Mingo Central hit 23-50 shots from the field, including 9-18 from behind the arc. They were 4-8 at the foul line for 50 percent.


Belfry had 12 turnovers, while Mingo Central committed 18 miscues with the basketball.


The Pirates will host Pike Central tonight in a district matchup.


Mingo Central is now 5-6 and 3-3 in the Cardinal Conference will not play until Friday night as they host Herbert Hoover. They will also have a home game on Saturday night playing host to Tolsia.


Score by quarters:


Belfry (4-8) – 12 15 15 16 – 58


Mingo (5-6) – 23 11 15 10 – 59


Scoring:


Belfry (58) – Fannin 11, Price 9, Woolum 4, Bentley 14, Isom 7, Catron 6 and Copley 7.


Mingo (59) – Hammond 2, May 8, D. Hatfield 17, Lee 12, Hatcher 8, Dillon 7 and C. Hatfield 5.


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Phelps 82, Hannan 56


WILLIAMSON – Phelps took control against Hannan in the second quarter and rolled to an 82-56 win in the opening game of the 12th annual Hatfield-McCoy Shootout at Williamson Field House on Jan. 18.


Da’Von Smith poured in 16 points and Tyler Daughtery added 11 as the Hornets improved to 3-13. Bailey Hurley and Kyle Sneed added 10 each.


Dakota Fannin scored 13 and Tyler Burns added 11 for the Wildcats, now 1-6.


Score by quarters:


Phelps (3-13)…22 24 22 14 – 82


Hannan (1-6)…18 13 12 13 – 56


Scoring:


Phelps (82) – Kobe Sanson 1 0-0 2; Tyler Daughtery 4 3-3 11; Da’Von Smith 5(2) 0-2 16; Matt Hatfield 2 2-4 6; Leon Blankenship 2 3-3 5; Steven Prater 2 1-1 5; Elijah Branham 4 1-2 9; Bailey Hurley 2(2) 0-0 10; Kyle Sneed 5 0-0 10; Dalton Wolford 2 0-2 4; and Christian Mounts 1 0-0 2. Totals: 30(4) 10-17 82.


Hannan (56) – John Tiller 1(1) 0-0 5; Tyler Burns 2(1) 4-5 11; Adam Wilson 0(1) 1-2 4; Dakota Fannin 4(1) 2-2 13; Will Harper 1 1-2 3; Charles Mays 2 1-2 5; Cory Howell 2 1-2 5; Shawn Scarberry 0 2-2 2; and Jeremy Schofield 1(1) 3-3 8. Totals: 13(5) 15-21 56.


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Hurricane 69, Greater Beckley Christian 60


WILLIAMSON - Class AAA Hurricane defeated one of the top Class A teams in Greater Beckley Christian 69-60 on Saturday evening.


The game was close, but Hurricane pulled away in the end. GBC is coached by former local pastor and Mingo Christian coach Danny Burd.


Dawson led the Redskins with 25 points, while Sorsaia fired in 21.


Kidd and Staunton-Bailey led GBC with 23 and 20 respectively.


Score by quarters:


Hurricane - 15 17 19 18 - 69


Greater Beckley - 9 14 23 14 – 60


Scoring:


Hurricane - Sorsaia 7-17 6-9 21, Estep 0-8 1-2 1, Lemmerman 2-6 1-2 5, Dawson 8-10 6-6 25, DeFries 4-6 2-2 11, Rogoszewski 1-3 2-2 4, Tinsley 1-1 0-0 2, McCallister 0-0 0-0 0, totals 23-51 18-23 69


G. Beckley - Staunton-Bailey 7-18 3-3 20, Francis 1-7 3-4 5, Daniels 1-8 0-0 3, Helton 1-5 0-0 2, Kidd 7-16 6-6 23, Cornett 3-4 1-2 7, Cook 0-0 0-0 0, Walton 0-0 0-0 0, totals 20-58 13-15 60


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South Charleston 75, Knott County 71


WILLIAMSON - The Black Eagles of South Charleston, coached by former Logan and WVU player Vic Herbert, defeated Knott Central 75-71.


The Eagles topped their Kentucky rival despite 38 points by Camron Justice. Justice, Knott’s 6-foot-2 junior guard who has committed to Tennessee, hit 12 of 19 shots and 11 of 12 free throws.


Brandon Knapper led a balanced South Charleston attack with 22 points, while A. D. Cunningham scored 19 and Billings 16.


The Black Eagles (8-1) never trailed over the final 16 minutes against a Patriots team that has played tough with some of the top competition in the state of Kentucky.


Knott County (13-4) trailed by 10 points with about 2:30 to play, but made it interesting with one wild final flurry, forcing four turnovers from SC in the last three minutes after the Black Eagles had committed just five before that.


A rebound basket by Knott’s Evan Hall (16 points, nine rebounds) lowered the lead to 74-69 with 18 seconds left and Simon Christon swiped the inbound pass and fed Justice for layup to shave the deficit to three. Cunningham was fouled with two seconds left and made the second shot to ice the win.


Hall added 16 for Knott County.


Score by quarters:


South Charleston -19 16 20 20 - 75


Knott County - 20 12 20 19 - 71


Scoring:


So. Charleston - A. Cunningham 6-12 4-6 19, Knapper 7-13 5-6 22, Grier 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 2-5 0-0 5, Billings 8-9 0-0 16, S. Cunningham 0-0 1-2 1, Lewis 2-5 0-0 5, Clark 3-8 1-1 7, totals 28-54 11-15 75


Knott Central - Justice 12-19 11-12 38, Sammons 1-5 0-0 2, Christon 2-13 1-2 5, Hall 7-7 2-4 16, Cornett 3-10 2-7 8, Miller 1-2 0-0 2, Shrum 0-1 0-0 0, totals 26-57 16-25 71

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