By Paul Adkins
Civitas News Service
LOGAN - The Scott High School girls’ basketball team put it in overdrive and coasted past Mingo Central, 64-26, on Wednesday night in the Class AA sectional tourney at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
Scott, the regular season Cardinal Conference co-champions with Sissonville, improved to 16-5 and are scheduled to meet rival Chapmanville (14-8) on Friday night in the sectional championship game, also at Logan.
Chapmanville advanced with a 49-30 sectional victory over Tolsia.
Mingo Central closed out its season at 11-12 overall. The Miners finished fifth place in the Cardinal standings. The Miners had opened sectional play with a 64-34 victory over Wayne on Monday night at Chapmanville.
Scott, a recent staple in the girls’ state tournament and the current No. 7-ranked Class AA team in the state, never trailed the Miners.
The Lady Hawks led 18-6 after one quarter, 30-16 at the half and 45-22 after three. The final score and 38-point margin ended up being the largest lead of the night.
Scott went 3-0 this season against Mingo Central, also taking 67-25 and 63-45 wins.
The Lady Hawks were led by center Ali Whitman’s 18 points. She was 8-for-9 from the free throw line. As a team, Scott was a sizzling 18-for-20 at the line for 90 percent.
Madlyin Weeks tossed in 16 points for the Lady Hawks. She was a perfect 7-for-7 from the line.
Landyn McKinney tossed in 15 points for Scott, while Jaimee Dotson and Andrea Rankin had six points each and Blair Byrnside had two.
The Miners were paced by Ashley Curry’s 11 points. Tyshira Joplin had six, Jaida Taylor four, Hannah Church three and Catlyn Cantrell two. Mingo Central was just 3-of-8 from the charity stripe.
Scott jumped ahead 8-2 early on as Weeks scored on a layup at the 6:15 mark, forcing the Miners to call timeout.
An 8-0 run by the Lady Hawks pushed the lead to 16-2. Whitman fueled the run with a three-point play and two free throws.
Scott led 18-6 after one quarter as Rankin canned a 15-footer with seven seconds left.
It only got worse for Mingo Central in the second quarter as the Lady Hawks went on a 7-0 run to take a 25-6 lead. Dotson swished a 3-pointer during the run.
The Miners were able to fight back with an 8-0 scoring spurt, trimming the deficit to 25-14. Curry finished off the run with a bucket at the 3:21 mark.
Scott, however, struck back.
Dotson drilled a 3 at the 1:08 mark to give the Lady Hawks a 30-16 halftime advantage.
Scott’s lead continued to grow in the third quarter with a 15-6 stanza as the Lady Hawks seized a 45-22 advantage.
In the fourth, Scott used a 13-0 scoring spree, expanding the lead to 60-24.
Scott moves on to Friday’s sectional finals against old rival Chapmanville. The two teams split during the regular season.