It took the entire week but the Scott Skyhawk boys basketball team finally broke their first losing streak of the season, Friday, January 18, in Madison. In improving their season record to 9-4, Coach Nick Cabell’s squad had a relatively easy time with visiting Nicholas County. Earlier in the week Scott fell by eight at Falling Rock versus Herbert Hoover and suffered a heart-breaking two-point loss when Wyoming East visited Madison last Wednesday.
Despite the four-game losing streak, Skyhawk fans remained obviously upbeat and the parking lot was full for the Nicholas County contest. Senior Matt Dolan, whose shooting skills have thrilled Hawk fans during his career, scored his 1,000th point in the 70-54 victory. On the night, Dolan accounted for 27 points.
Scott took control over Nicholas early and never really looked back in picking up the victory. With 3:58 on the first quarter clock, the Hawks were up, 11-8. Scott then took over the offense and when Anthony Sigmon hit a bucket, the Skyhawks were up, 23-10, at the end of the first period.
Scott reeled off the first three points of the second frame to make it 26-10. Sigmon hit a jumper and Cody Brown added a free throw to account for the lead at the 7:13 mark. Following turnovers by both Scott and Nicholas County, Austin Hill drilled a three-point shot to cut the margin to 13.
With 4:51 remaining in the half, Scott stretched the lead to 35-13. An in-close bucket by Eric May started the run. Dolan followed with a deuce inside the foul circle before May connected ob a short jumper. Brandon Lafauci stole the inbounds pass and Dylan DeHart scored on a trey to give the Hawks their 22 point lead.
The margin remained near the 20-point mark and when traded three-point goals at the 2:53 spot, Scott was up 40-20. The Hawks added seven points before two Nicholas buckets made it 47-24 with 2:31 twinkling on the first half clock. Dolan swished a three-pointer before two Nicholas buckets cut the margin to 43-28 with 1:21 remaining.
The lead remained at 15, as the Hawks headed to the halftime dressing room up, 45-30.
Scott continued to dominate the game in the second half, lengthening the lead to 20 on a Kirk Price jumper that put the Skyhawks up, 54-34, at the 3:54 mark of the third period.
After Nicholas County clawed its way back to within 54-40 with 2:14 left in the third, the Nicholas coaches and fans loudly protested an offensive foul call against the Grizzlies. The third period ended in a draw, with Scott still holding a 15-point margin at 59-44.
The home team kept their advantage in the final frame, escaping with their win.
Following Dolan’s game-leading 27 points, May and Sigmon added eight each to the Hawk win. Dylan Brown tossed in sevenl Logan Webb, six; Cody Brown, four; DeHart and Laufaci, three apiece; and Kirk Price and Tyler Hill contributed two each to the win.
Andrew Ray topped Nicholas with 17 points.
The Skyhawks were home last evening (Tuesday, January 22) against Lincoln County High. Bluefield is scheduled to visit Thursday with the Hawks going on the road to meet Sissonville, Friday. Tip-off for the games is 7:30 p.m.
Wyoming East-59; Scott-57
The Skyhawks almost broke their losing streak in the game against East.
Scott led, 14-13 after the first quarter but trailed 33-27 at the half. The Hawks were down 42-41 at the end of three. East took the final frame 17-16 for their two-point victory margin.
Dolan again led the Scott scoring with 17 points. Webb tossed in 16 for the Hawks while May addebd 14. Lafauci and Sigmon contributed four each while Brown added two.
Brett Bowling led the game scoring with 24 for East.
The loss to the Huskies at Falling Rock on the Elk River extended the Skyhawk losing streak to three Tuesday.
Scott was tentative out of the box, scoring just eight points in the opening quarter. Hoover took command then, leading 12-8 when the buzzer sounded. The Huskies padded the lead to 34-18 at intermission. Scott won the third canto, 12-8 to cut the margin to 42-30.
The fourth frame went to Scott, 17-13, but it was too little, too late for the Skyhawks.
May led the Hawk offense with 19 points on the evening. Dolan scored in double figures with 13. Webb added eight and Sigmon tossed in four for Scott.
Cody Morris led Hoover with 17 points.
In girls’ action:
SUMMERS 50, SCOTT 49: Shelby Smith hit a layup from an inbounds pass as time expired to give Summers County (11-2) the win. Brandy Morrison was the leading scorer for the Bobcats with 20 points. For Scott, Jaimee Dotson led the way with 22 points.
SCOTT 58, MINGO CENTRAL 48: The Lady Skyhawks of Scott High School breezed by the Lady Miners of Mingo Central 58-48 Thursday night at the MCHS gym. The game was a Cardinal Conference matchup between the two Class AA schools.
Mingo got behind 19-6 after one quarter and outscored Scott 13-10 in the second period. They played the Lady Skyhawks even in the second half, but could not overcome the lead by the visitors.
Jamie Dotson led Scott with 21 points, while Ali Whitman had 11, Andrea Rankin 10 and Landyn McKinney added 10 in a balanced scoring attack by the Lady Skyhawks.
Senior guard Chrissy Farmer led Mingo Central with 18 points, while sophomore center Ashley Curry banked in 17.
Scott was 19-31 at the free throw line for 61 percent, while Mingo Central was for 70 percent.
Score by quarters:
SHS … 19 10 12 17 – 58
MC …. 6 13 12 17 – 48
Scott – Dotson 21, Whitman 11, McKinney 10, Rankin 10, Green 2, Ellis 2, Goodwin, 1, Blankenship 1.
Mingo – Farmer 18, Curry 17, Browning 4, Hammond 3, Maynard 2, Stumbo 2, Taylor 1, Muncy 1.