LOGAN – The Mingo Central Miners lost a 12 point lead late in the second half against Wayne in the opening round of the Class AA, Region 4, Section 2 Tournament held at the Logan Memorial Fieldhouse on Saturday night.
Wayne advanced in the tourney with a 51-46 win. The two teams had split their regular season matchups.
With 3:36 left to play in the third period the Miners had worked up a 12 point lead over the Wayne Pioneers with a score of 35-23. As the minutes ticked on, in the second half, the Pioneers chipped away at the Miners lead until it was nothing but a memory. The Pioneers took over the lead with 1:20 left to play in the fourth period by one point. Wayne extended the lead and won the game from the free throw line.
Dalton Hatfield was the shining light for the Miners, during the final game of a disappointing season. Hatfield finished the game with 22 points after hitting seven shots from the floor, two 3-pointers and hitting both of his free throws. The next highest scorer for the Miners was Daniel Buchanan with eight points.
The Pioneers stats looked mostly the same with Colby Wickline leading Wayne in scoring with 17 points, the next closest scorer was Cam Wallace with nine points. Wickline hit four 3-pointers during the game, two of them in the final period.
The Miners were dominant in the first half; they outscored Wayne 14-7 in the first period and 16-13 in the second period. MCHS had a 10 point lead at the half with a score of 30-20. Hatfield hit back to back 3-pointers at the end of the first period; the last one was a buzzer beater as the game clock hit zero.
The Miners were outscored 21-7 in the fourth period. This marks the final nail in the coffin for a harsh season of Mingo Central boys’ basketball, with only two regular seasons wins the Miners can now breathe and hope for a better year next season.
Mingo Central Head Coach Garland Thompson said, “You have to give credit to Wayne, They did what they had to do and hit some big shots down the stretch. Our kids played hard but it just didn’t work out the way we wanted it to. I hate it for the seniors and the school. Hopefully we can keep the good lessons and move on to what’s ahead.”
Thompson continued by saying, “I believe the kids will be able to take the lessons they learned from this year and apply them next season. We will definitely be more prepared next year, the kids will have to put in the work though; and practice through the summer and spring.”
Thompson finished by saying, “I want to thank the community and administration of Mingo Central for all their support for us this year.”
Wayne will advance to play No.1 seed Scott, tonight (Tuesday) in the second round of the sectional tournament.
Scores by quarters:
MCHS: 14 16 9 7 – 46
Waye: 7 13 10 21 – 51
Mingo Central: Dalton Hatfield – 22, Daniel Buchanan -8, Garrett Moore – 2, Stevie Hammond -5, Aaron Banks -5, Canaan Fletcher -4.
Wayne: Colby Wickline -17, Cam Wallace -9, Seth Napier -7, Kyle Atkins -4, Austin Vickers -6, Zack Perry -8.
(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)