RED JACKET – The Mingo Central Miners lost a close game Tuesday night at the hands of conference rival Chapmanville by a final score of 61-55.
After tip-off the Chapmanville Tigers put the first points on the board but the Miners made it a dog fight throughout the first period. The Tigers edged out the Miners in the first period with a score of 15-10. Drew Williams led the Tigers in the first period scoring 11 of the Tigers 15 points.
The Miners outscored the Tigers during the second period 12-9. The Miners were ahead on defensive rebounds and steals. The score at the half was 24-22 in favor of Chapmanville. Foul trouble was beginning to be an issue for both teams heading into halftime.
During the third period Chapmanville switched to a man defense and it affected the Miners play; they began to make more mistakes at the start of the second half. Chapmanville outscored the Miners during the third period 15-13 making the score heading into the final period 39-35 in favor of Chapmanville.
The Miners fought hard during the fourth period but fell slightly short. The game play began to take a toll on the Miners and fatigue set in. Chapmanville outscored the Miners 22-20 in the fourth period after both teams gave every effort go for the win. The Miners had the Tigers lead cut down to 5 points with 5:30 minutes left to play in the game. With 32 seconds left to play the Tigers had a six point lead and the Miners called a time-out. The last second defensive effort by the Miners failed and the Tigers ended the game with a win.
Mingo Central Head Coach Garland Thompson said, “I am absolutely tickled with the effort our guys put forth. That is honestly the best we have played all year. You have to give those kids (Chapmanville) credit for how hard they played.”
Chapmanville Head Coach Brad Napier said, “It was a tough game all the way through, both teams fought really hard. It was kind of a bitter sweet win for us because we were just out of rhythm all night; we just didn’t look good. We got in foul trouble early on and it hurt us.
“Mingo played hard, I really think a lot of these kids,” added Napier.
Mingo Central will not play their next game until after the holidays when they host Tolsia on Jan 5. 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
“We are off for Christmas break now and that will give us time to work on some things that we need to work on. This was a tough loss but we will move past it and get ready for Tolsia,” added Thompson.
score by quarters:
Mingo: 10 12 13 20 – 55
C’ville: 15 9 15 22 -61
Mingo: Daniel Buchanan 19, Dalton Hatfield – 14, Garrett Moore – 13, Aaron Banks – 5.
C’Ville: Drew Williamson – 25, Kyle Browning – 12, Dylan Smith -10, Hunter Neal – 7.
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)