CHAPMANVILLE — The Scott Skyhawk boys returned to Chapmanville Friday evening, January 3. Chapmanville Regional High School was the site of Scott’s epic battle with Logan where a brawl broke a few days earlier. As a result, Logan Head Coach Mark Hatcher was charged with assault and battery of a police officer.
While the uproar caused by that incident continued to be a topic of conversation Friday, fans were focused primarily on the contest between Scott and Logan. The Skyhawks actually lost to the Wildcats in the earlier meeting and were out to avenge their streak at CRHS.
A large crowd gathered on a cold January evening, a day in which many Southern West Virginia students did not go to school because of the weather. While some counties have policies prohibiting extracurricular activities on days school is cancelled by weather, neither Logan nor Boone County have such a regulation. Thus, the game went on as scheduled after the inclement weather broke.
A crowd of nearly equal size represented the fans of Scott and CRHS for the occasion. Unlike under previous Head Coach Harry Kirk, current Head Coach Allan Hatcher’s charges have not been able to fill the gymnasium as they did under Kirk. But if Hatcher and the Tigers continue to win, that may happen as well.
In the end, after a tremendous battle on the court, Chapmanville escaped with a two-point win. It was not easy in coming.
The scoring began when Cody Brown hit a layup for Scott but Josh Butcher quickly responded with a three-point bucket for the hosts at the 7:41 mark. Brown answered with a goal of his own before Butcher fired home a jumper and it was 5-5. The Butcher show continued with a trey as the host team went up, 8-5.
Kenny Plumbley followed with a free throw to put CRHS up, 9-5. Then, Anthony Sigmon stroked one in close and it was 9-7.
A driving layup by Plumbley brought it to 11-7 before Zac Casto made a free throw to lengthen the lead to five. A driving layup by Logan Webb made the game closer. After an exchange of buckets, Webb brought the home crowd to its feet with a three-pointer that gave the Hawks a 15-14 lead at the 47.3 second spot.
There was no further scoring in the period, so Scott headed to their bench with a one-point first period lead.
The teams battled evenly and when Brandon Lafauci connected on a trey at the 6:22 mark it was 18-18. A jumper by Dylan DeHart gave Scott a two-point lead and Hatcher signaled for timeout with 5:54 flashing on the first half clock.
A three-pointer by Joe Tackett put CRHS up, 21-20 before DeHart hit one to make it 22-21 at the 5:20 spot. Trey Dalton made two free throws and CRHS jumped back in the lead. A putback by Sigmon with 1:43 showing put Scott back up. Then Lafauci fired up the Scott crowd by sinking a three-pointer and making the follow-up free throw to give the Hawks a 28-23 margin with 1:16 remaining in the half.
A putback by John Williamson cut the lead and then Dalton made two free throws to cut the halftime margin to 28-27, Scott.
The teams fought to a 38-34 Scott lead when Dalton hit a jump shot with 3:37 left in the third period. After a Scott timeout, a held ball call went to CRHS and they responded with a bucket by Plumbley. With 51.3 seconds showing, Butcher brought the home crowd to its feet with a trey that gave the Tigers a 39-38 lead.
Sigmon made a free throw and Brown connected on a long trey at the buzzer to send the ecstatic Scott team to the bench with a 42-39 lead.
It was Chapmanville’s ball to start the fourth period. After Butcher missed a layup, he came back with a three-pointer at the 7:22 spot and CRHS had tied it at 42. Webb was good on a layup and was fouled to give the Hawks a 45-42 margin. Dalton then put in a floater and it was 45-44.
With 5:59 flashing, Sigmon was good on a bucket but it was waved off by officials because of an offensive foul call. Then, Butcher hit a trey and CRHS was up, 47-45.
A layup by Alex Ables tied the game but Plumbley answered and it was 49-47, CRHS. A putback by Nick Kuhn at the 4:05 slot tied it at 49.
Dalton again floated one in to put CRHS up. Two free throws by Webb knotted it again at 51. Dalton was good on one of two free throw tries before Webb hit two free throws to put Scott up, 53-52, with 1:36 on the clock.
Plumbley’s putback at 1:05 made it 54-53, CRHS. With 26.1 seconds remaining, Sigmon made a layup and Scott led by one. With 7.3 seconds left, Casto made a shot and followed with a free throw to give Chapmanville the 57-55 advantage.
An inbounds Scott pass went to Brown, whose three-point try fell harmlessly off the rim and iced the CRHS victory.
Webb led the Hawk offense, with 14 points. Laufaci added nine; Brown, eight; Sigmon, seven; Kuhn, five; DeHart and Ables, four each; and Kirk and May, two apiece for the Hawks.
Scott was scheduled to host Cardinal Conference rival Poca last night (Tuesday, January 7) before traveling to Seth for a Boone County showdown with Sherman this Friday. Next Tuesday, January 14, the Hawks play at Tolsia. Tip-offs are set for 7:30 p.m.