The Scott Skyhawk boys basketball team ended the regular season with three straight wins and won nine of their final ten games heading into the Class AA sectional tournament. The only blemish on the Hawk record in February was a 76-64 loss to powerhouse Bluefield.
Otherwise, Scott picked up victories over Chapmanville Regional, Herbert Hoover (twice), Sherman, Wayne, Mingo Central and Nicholas County during Valentine month. Their game with Lincoln County that had originally been planned for February 14 was postponed until February 26 and then cancelled when inclement weather once again got in the way.
Thus, the Hawks ended the regular season with a 15-6 record. Now, Head Coach Nick Cabell’s crew enters the sectional tournament at Logan this week.
In the final regular season game played February 25 at Summersville, Nicholas County kept the contest relatively close all the way.
The Hawks jumped out to a 20-14 lead at the end of the first quarter but trailed, 32-29 after a dismal second period. Scott jumped back to go ahead, 48-45 after three cantos and took the final frame, 25-20, for their win.
Anthony Sigmon led the Scott scoring, with 24 points. Brandon Lafauci added 21; Logan Webb and Eric May, eight each; Cody Brown, six; Dylan DeHart, four; and Kirk Price, two for the Skyhawks.
Sigmon led the team in rebounding, with 12 caroms.
Scott is set to take on Wayne tonight (Wednesday, March 5) at 6:15 p.m. at the Logan fieldhouse in their opener in the Class AA, Region IV, Section 2 tournament. Wayne earned the right to meet the Hawks by virtue of a 63-47 win over hapless Tolsia in the tourney’s opening round Saturday.
Chapmanville Regional and Mingo Central meet in tonight’s second game, also at Willie Akers Arena on the campus of Logan High School. The championship game between tonight’s winners is set for 7:30 p.m., Friday, also at Logan High.
Region IV’s other sectional is played at the homes of higher seeded teams.
In the opener Saturday, Clay County defeated Herbert Hoover, 59-44. The Panthers moved on to meet regional favorite Poca last night (Tuesday) at the home of the Dots. Nicholas County was set to play at Sissonville in the tournament’s other game.
The championship game of Section 1 will be played at the home of the higher seed Friday at 7 p.m.
Scott, Mingo Central and Chapmanville are generally bunched together as the premier teams in their section with Poca getting the nod in Section 1. Upsets are usually a part of tournament play, however, so no real predictions as to who will emerge from likely the toughest region in the state are being made.
Poca, as noted, would be the odds-on favorite to win in Section 1. The two sectional runner-ups meet the section champions in the region to determine which teams go to the state tournament at the Charleston Civic Center in two weeks.
Scott made the state tournament field last season.