MADISON The Scott Skyhawks ended the inaugural Boone County Coalfield Shootout with a never-in-question 62-35 victory over the Buffalo Bison here Saturday night at the Madison Civic Center. Scott led 17-6 after the first quarter, 32-17 at halftime and 47-25 after the third quarter behind a tenacious defense and a balanced offense. At least we got to play, said Scott coach Jason Kingery, whose team originally was scheduled to play Lee-Davis (Va.) but had to switch opponents because of the winter weather. Buffalo plays hard. We had 19 turnovers against them, which is way too many, but we still played hard until the end. As long as we do that and play good defense, that is always going to give us a chance to win. And, again, at least we got a chance to play. We have three games this week, three the next week and three the week after that. So, it is good to get one in there heading into a big stretch like that. Senior small forward Tyler Ramsey and junior guard Billy Queen each scored a team-high 11 points for the Skyhawks, who improved to 2-3 with a win in their first game since Dec. 30. Ramsey also had four rebounds, two steals and one assist. Queen also had five boards, three steals and one assist. Senior shooting guard Shawn Ballard and senior power forward Tyler Thompson added seven points apiece. Ballard also had eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. Thompson also had five boards and one assist. Senior forward Andrew Lockard provided six points, five rebounds and two blocks. Junior forward Nevin Honeycutt contributed six points, six boards, one assist and one steal. Freshman point guard Matt Dolan added four points, four rebounds and three assists. Other contributors included junior guard Marshall Tully (two points, one rebound and one steal); junior center Justin Harmon (two points, one assist and one board); junior forward David Ward (two points, four rebounds and one block); sophomore guard William Elkins (two points); and freshman center Nick Marcum (two points). The Skyhawks grabbed 47 rebounds, 24 more than the Bison. Scott made 24-of-54 field goal attempts (44.4 percent), including 4-of-12 from behind the three-point line (33.3 percent), and 10-of-14 free throw attempts (71.4 percent). Buffalo, on the other hand, made 14-of-50 (28 percent), 2-of-10 (20 percent) and 5-of-8 (62.5 percent). Kingery created the Boone County Coalfield Shootout, which was supposed to be a six-game, two-session event that featured two Kentucky teams (Menifee County and Jeffersontown) and two Virginia teams (Henrico and Lee-Davis). However, the winter weather forced the out-of-state teams and Tucker County to cancel their trips to Madison on Friday morning. It feels like somebody has taken a sledgehammer and hit me in the stomach, Kingery said of the winter weather that wreaked havoc on his plans. I have been working on this tournament since February. I have been working hard at it. My wife told me today, You put all of this time and effort into it, and all it takes is a snowstorm to ruin it. Its something I cant control, but its still frustrating. Scott provided each team with 20 T-shirts and $200 travel stipends. The Skyhawks booster club also prepared a home-cooked meal for the participating players and coaches. The out-of-state teams and Tucker County also would have received six rooms per night for two nights at the Hampton Inn at Southridge as well as 20 movie passes to Marquee Cinemas. I wanted to show off our community, Boone County and Madison, Kingery said when asked why he decided to create the inaugural event. I also wanted to give Scott High School another identity. We have an identity now for making the state tournament for the first time in 66 years last season. Now, we want another identity that we host a top-notch tournament. Kingery improvised and managed to put together a four-game schedule by adding Van to the lineup Friday afternoon. However, Van and Cabell Midland cancelled their appearances because of the snow. Kingery again improvised, but he had to settle for a four-game schedule that included a junior varsity matchup between Scott and Lincoln County. The varsity games were a girls game (Summers County versus Scott) and a pair of boys games (Logan versus Lincoln County and Buffalo Putnam versus Scott). It proves we have good people in the community who are willing to see good things happen with the basketball program, Kingery said when asked what he learned from the experience. A lot of people stepped up today. I had a lot of help. It sure wasnt just me. My assistant coaches worked like dogs yesterday. Various people helped me. It was a good day for Boone County. Kingery said he plans to have the second edition of his annual tournament on Dec. 11, 2010. We are going to have it earlier and, hopefully, avoid the same problems we had this year, Kingery said, but you never know. Mother Nature might hit us next year, too. Kingery said he already has agreements with two out-of-state teams one from Virginia and one from Tennessee to play in the next Boone County Coalfield Shootout. He also has offered an open invitation to Summers County, Lincoln County, Logan and Buffalo Putnam to make return appearances.
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In addition to reshuffling the Boone County Coalfield Shootout, the winter weather also forced Scott to reschedule its games against Westside and Chapmanville from last week. Weather permitting, Scott was scheduled to host Westside on Monday. Results from that game were unavailable for this weeks issue but will be published in next weeks issue. Scott will host Man on Thursday, participate in the West Virginia-Kentucky Shootout at East Ridge (Ky.) High School on Saturday, visit Chapmanville on Monday and visit Westside on Tuesday.