Mingo Central tops River View 66- 49
by JEFFREYREYNOLDS SPORTSEDITOR
BRADSHAW - Mingo Central got back on the winning track as they defeated River View on the road 66-49 Tuesday night.
The Miners got off to a slow start, but started shooting better in the second half.
“We got a lift from our bench, Mallie May, Garth Simpkins and Trevor Cline gave us some good minutes,” coach Brad Napier said. “We started off slow and didn’t shoot the ball well. Our defense was not that strong in the first half either.”
“We just need to get more consistent,” he added. “The long break between games during the holidays hurt us. I’m glad we are getting back to playing two or three games a week. Hopefully we can get into rhythm.”
The Miners have a big weekend coming up. They will host Tolsia on Friday and Wayne on Saturday, both sectional opponents. Mingo Central defeated Tolsia earlier in the season. The Rebels defeated Scott on Tuesday night. The Skyhawks were ranked No. 1 in Class AA and edged by Mingo Central back in December.
“Right now we are tied with Scott as the No. 1 seed in the sectional,” Napier said. “This is a big game for us Friday night with Tolsia.”
Alex “Booger” Lee led Mingo Central with 20 points, while Austin Banks followed with 14. Marqus Cunningham added seven and Julius Hatcher six points.
The Miners only hit 10-20 at the free throw line for 50 percent. The also committed 22 turnovers against River View.
Tyree Baker led River View with 18 points, while Taylor Dehaven had 11 and Tony Clevenger 10.
Score by quarters:
RVHS … 13 9 12 15 – 49
MCHS … 12 12 15 27 – 66
River View (0-9) – Tony Clevenger 10, Dakota Collins 4, Taylor Dehaven 11, Zack Morgan 3, Tyree Baker 19, Jordan Wilson 2.
Mingo Central (5-3) –Austin Banks 14, Julius Hatcher 6, Chase Hatfield 4, Mallie May 3, Alex Lee 20, Trevor Cline 2, Garth Simpkins 2, Marqus Cunningham 6, Paul Hawks 2.
Poca 53, Wayne 29
Poca used a 14-6 third-quarter run as the Class AA No. 3 Dots downed Wayne on the road.
Noah Frampton exploded for 20 points for Poca (8-1) while Cam Cottrill chipped in 11. Brett Justice had 10 points for the Pioneers (2-4).
Wyoming East 75, Summers Co. 68
Four players scored in double figures as Wyoming East knocked off visiting Summers County.
Josh Tunstalle had 17 points, Austin Canada and Brett Bowling each scored 14 and Cody Lester finished with 13 points to lead the Warriors (7-1).
For Summers County (5-3), Taron Ayers led all scorers with 34 points.
Chapmanville 68, Lincoln County 36
Mackenzie Martin recorded a double-double with 23 points and 17 rebounds as Chapmanville earned a victory.
Kenny Plumley also netted 20 points for the Tigers (5-4). T.J. Arbaugh had 13 points for Lincoln County (6-5).
Greenbrier East 60, Logan 53
Rondale Watson posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Class AAA No. 4 Greenbrier East.
Bryce Woodliff contributed 14 points for the host Spartans (10-0). C.J. Williams scored 12 points for Logan (2-6).
Cross Lanes 51, Regional Christian 41
Grant Humphreys poured in 19 points as Cross Lanes Christian (6-7) won at home.
Ben Stafford netted 18 for Regional Christian (0-7).
Tolsia 61, Scott 57
No details on the scoring reported.
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