It was an impressive beginning and a depressing end to the final week of the 2013 basketball campaign as the Scott boys defeated Wayne and lost to Bluefield by wide margins.
All in all, the Skyhawks ended calendar year 2013 with a 4-2 record and remain among the top teams in Class AA. Nevertheless, they hardly looked like a championship contender in their 82-59 loss at Bluefield, Saturday afternoon.
The lopsided margin was indicative of the entire game after Scott stayed close, 12-8, through the opening quarter. Bluefield caught fire in the second period to lead, 42-19, at the half. Although Scott played the Beavers to a 40-40 tie in the second half, the second canto made all the difference.
In the game at the Brushfork Armory, Bluefield was clearly the superior team on this Saturday afternoon. The win moved the Beavers to 5-0 on the season and ran their winning streak to 11, counting last year’s finish.
Scott put up a fight early. The game was tied at 8-8 with 2:07 remaining in the first quarter. After Bluefield called a timeout, the Beavers went on a 16-0 run that virtually wiped out all Skyhawk hopes.
D.J. Edwards and Anthony Eades sparked the run in the second quarter as a tight press by Bluefield resulted in a gang of Scott turnovers. Edwards and Eades scored nine points each to lead the charge in the second period.
Point guard Lykel Collier led the Beaver offense in the third quarter, scoring eight points.
Scott scored 27 points in the third while Bluefield came up with 24, but the Beavers still held a commanding lead. Bluefield won the fourth frame, 16-13 for the final margin.
Eric May and Anthony Sigmon topped the Skyhawks, with 13 points each. Kirk Price added six; Logan Webb, Dylyn DeHart and Cody Brown contributed five apiece; Nick Kuhn scored four; Kevin Wright and Brandon Lafauci, three each; and Alex Ables, two for the Hawks.
Eades topped Bluefield, with 19 points. Collier and Edwards each scored 16; and Yost added 11 for the Beavers.
Scott managed five treys during the evening, with one each coming from Wright, DeHart, May, Brown and Lafauci. Bluefield had six of the three-point goals.
The Hawks again struggled at the free throw line, hitting just six of 13 tries. Bluefield was good on 11 of 20 from the charity stripe.
Scott Coach Nick Cabell said his team would have to regroup for 2014. The team is taking a few days off before traveling back to Chapmanville for a showdown with Corridor G rival Chapmanville Regional on Friday, January 3. The CRHS gymnasium was the site of the brawl between Scott and Logan that resulted in Sigmon being ejected from the game. A Logan player was also tossed and Logan Coach Mark Hatcher was charged with assault and battery on a police officer. Those charges are still pending in Logan County.
CRHS Principal Kathy Moore said security will be tight for the game. “We expect no trouble and I don’t think there will be” she said. “But we are always prepared for any possibility.”
The Hawks play the following Tuesday, January 7, at home against Cardinal Conference rival Poca.
As different as night and day were the two performances by Scott last week, and the results were the opposite as well. In this one, the Hawks took an early lead and never looked back in coasting to the win at Wayne on Tuesday.
Scott led, 20-13, at the end of the first quarter and went up, 37-19, at intermission. The teams tied in the third period at 18-18 before Scott took the final stanza, 26-21.
This time, May topped the Skyhawk scoring, with 20 points. Lafauci and Sigmon added 11 each; Price, ten; Ables, eight; DeHart, seven; Dylyn Brown, five; Tanner Bell and Cody Brown, three each; Nick Dolan, two; and Logan Webb, one, for the victors.
May, Dylyn Brown and Sigmon led the Hawks in rebounding, with eight apiece.