By Kyle Lovern
RED JACKET – The Mingo Central Miners got back on the winning track with an 80-70 home win against Cardinal Conference fore Wayne.
The Miners bounced back after a tough game with the Chapmanville Tigers earlier in the week.
Mingo Central jumped out to a 31-14 lead in the first quarter, despite some early foul trouble.
Senior low post player Alex “Booger” Lee got into some early foul trouble, while his replacement Adam Dillon picked up three first quarter fouls.
“We played more like we need to,” MCHS coach Brad Napier said. “We played hard and got off to a good start. We moved the ball well on offense.”
“Even though we got into some foul trouble, we kept battling,” Napier added. “Wayne kept fighting and hurt us on the boards, especially when Booger and Adam were out of the game.”
Napier said there were 48 fouls whistled in the game.
Senior guard Julius Hatcher led Mingo Central with 18 points, including three 3-pointers. This was his best offensive game of the season.
Lee scored and Dalton Hatfield both scored 12 points, while Mallie May chipped in 11. Sophomore point guard Stevie Hammond added 8 points, but dished out 13 assists. Dillon scored 9 points and had 6 rebounds, while both May and Dalton Hatfield dished out 4 assists. Hatfield also had 5 steals.
Wayne had a balanced scoring attack led by Grant Furguson with 16 points, while Tucker Watts and Nate Earl each chipped in 12 points. Coby Wickline added 11 for the much-improved Pioneers.
Mingo Central is now 4-6 on the season and 3-3 in the conference. They were scheduled to play local rival Belfry on Saturday night at the historic Williamson Fieldhouse. They Miners play host to Herbert Hoover on Friday and Tolsia on Saturday.
Score by quarters:
Wayne – 14 18 19 19 – 70
Mingo – 31 12 18 19 – 80
Wayne (70) – Furguson 16, Watts 12, Elkins 9, Justice 4, Earl 12, Wickline 11 and Napier 6.
Mingo (80) – Hammonds 8, May 11, D. Hatfield 12, Lee 12, Hatcher 18, Dillon 9, C. Hatfield 4, Joplin 2 and Sheppard 4.
Lady Huskies down Lady Miners, 70-50
In the preliminary game on Friday night, Herbert Hoover defeated Mingo Central 70-50.
Ashley Curry led Mingo Central with 18 points, while Kiearia Hammond added 15 and Hannah Church 14.
For the Huskies Beth Romine had 16 and Hannah Schoolcraft 13, while three players scored 8 points each, Kari Harding, Hannah King and Caroline Thornburg.
The Lady Miners, now 5-5, will play their next game at Scott on Friday, Jan. 24. Herbert Hoover will play at Tolsia on Tuesday night.
Score by quarters:
HHHS -18 23 19 10 - 70
MCHS – 8 20 9 13 - 50.
Herbert Hoover (72) – Harding 8, Aab 14, Carte 1, Romine 16, Johnson 2, King 8, Thornburg 8 and Schoolcraft 13.
Mingo Central (50) – Church 14, Curry 18, Hammond 15, Rhodes 1 and Cantrell 2.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or follow him on Twitter @KyleLovern)