By Kyle Lovern
Mingo Central was already scheduled to play No. 2 seed Chapmanville tonight at a neutral site, the Logan Memorial Fieldhouse. So the recent blast of arctic weather did not affect their first tournament game.
However, it has been difficult for the Miners to have practice due to the road conditions.
The Miners of Coach Brad Napier got the No. 3 seed and a first round bye in the Class AA, Region 4, Section 2 tourney.
The first round play-in game saw No. 4 Wayne beating No. 5 Tolsia on Saturday. The Pioneers will now play the No. 1 seed Scott Skyhawks.
The Miners are 11-11 heading into post season and lost to the Tigers in both regular season games. The Miners were swept by the Tigers in the regular season, 53-47 at MCHS and 54-45 in the rematch at Danny Godby Gym. The first game was a rout as Mingo Central had one of their worst games of the season.
In the second game at Chapmanville, the Miners kept it close, but lost down the stretch.
Mingo Coach Brad Napier knows his team has its work cut out for them if they want to advance in the sectional.
“We had our chances to win at Chapmanville,” said Napier. “They killed us on the boards. At one time in the first half they outrebounded us 21-4.”
“We have to keep them off the offensive glass and make them work for everything they get,” Napier added.
“In tournament basketball you have to play good defense, rebound and execute your offense. We need to do all three of those to win,” Napier said.
Most fans feel like Scott will advance to the finals by beating Wayne. However, the Pioneers own one upset over Chapmanville this year and have greatly improved this season.
The championship game of the local Class AA sectional will also be played at Willie Akers Arena in Logan on Friday evening starting at 7 p.m.
(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 or Twitter @KyleLovern)