It was a great week, encompassed in just two days, for the Scott Skyhawk boys basketball team. The highlight of the week came Friday evening when the Hawks defeated Corridor G rival Chapmanville Regional High School before a packed house at the Hawks Nest in Madison. Then, Scott came back the next day to record an easy win over Cardinal Conference rival Herbert Hoover at home.
In the Friday game, the house was full, the heat was up and the intensity level was rigid as the two Cardinal Conference rivals met.
The opening tip went to Scott and, with just 22 seconds gone, Logan Webb hit a layup to put the Hawks up, 2-0. Anthony Sigmon followed at the 6:37 mark with a reverse layup and Scott led, 4-0. Following a CRHS timeout called by Coach Alan Hatcher, Kenny Plumley was fouled and made two free throws. A layup by Brady Cox tied it at 4-4. Then, Joseph Tackett launched a trey and it was 7-4, Chapmanville.
A long two-pointer by Eric May cut the margin to one before a Sigmon jump shot put Scott up, 8-7, with 3:59 flashing. Forty-two seconds later, May brought the Scott crowd to its feet with a trey to put the Hawks ahead, 11-7.
A putback by Cox cut the margin to two and a layup by Cox agt the two-minute spot tied it again at 11-11. After a Scott timeout, Webb nailed a three-pointer to put the Hawks up, 14-11. A short one by Plumley brought it to 14-13.
At the 56.3-second slot, Sigmon stole the ball and put it in for a three-point lead. Twenty-two ticks later, Webb showed the crowd what a trey looks like and the lead was 19-13. As Hatcher screamed for one shot to end the quarter, Joshua Butcher ignored his coach and launched a three with 17.4 seconds left. It was off the mark but Scott could not convert and the period ended with the Hawks up by six.
It was Scott ball to start the second period. Ables was quickly flagged for throwing an elbow as Scott Coach Nick Cabell insisted, “he (the CRHS player) stepped in front of him.”
Two straight layups by Zac Casto cut a low-scoring second quarter lead to 19-17 with 4:29 remaining in the half. Then, Lafauci and Plumley exchanged buckets. A three-pointer by Butcher put CRHS ahead, 22-21, with 1:11 showing. A banker by Kirk Price put Scott back up by one. With Chapmanville again holding for a final shot, Butcher was fouled at the 3.4-second mark and made one free throw to knot the score at 23-23 at the half.
After a halftime show featuring the dance groups, Missy’s Dancing Divas and Kenita’s Crew, play resumed after an extended period.
The Tigers got the ball to start the second half and a bucket by Plumley gave them a two-point lead. Then, Cody Brown responded with a three-pointer and Scott was on top, 26-25. At the 6:34 spot, Brown drilled another and it went to 29-25. A banking jump shot by May put Scott on top, 31-25 and left Hatcher yelling for a timeout.
With 5:53 remaining and CRHS looking more like the football team they are well-known for instead of a basketball squad, Trey Dalton fouled Lafouci hard leading the Scott coaches to call for an intentional foul. It was not to be but the Scott standout made both free throws and it was 33-25.
With 5:13 on the clock, Sigmon connected on a jump shot to bring the margin to ten. Webb made one of two free throws before Butcher stopped the run with a baseline jumper. Tackett connected on one of two free throw tries at the four-minute slot and it was 36-28. With 3:30 to go, Sigmon picked up his third foul, causing Cabell to remove him from the line-up.
A jump shot by Webb brought the lead back to ten before Casto rolled one in for CRHS. With 1:54 remaining in the third, there were howls from the Scott contingent when an offensive foul call negated a basket by Brown. Plumley hit a jumper before Lafouchi was fouled on a three-point try and made all of his free throws to make it 41-32. Butcher and May exchanged buckets, leaving Scott up, 43-34, after three cantos.
The Skyhawks got the ball to start the final frame. Casto was fouled and made both free throws, the second on a bank shot, to cut the lead to 43-36. Sigmon hit one in close just outside the seven-minute spot before Butcher drilled a three to make it 45-39. A reverse layup followed by Ables but a layup by Plumley with 4:30 showing made it 47-41.
After a Scott timeout, Tackett made one in close and the lead was down to just four. Sigmon then put in a layup with 3:19 on the clock before Plumley made two foul shots. After another Scott timeout, a jump ball gave the ball to the Tigers at the 2:08 mark.
With 1:32 flashing, Price electrified the crowd with a steal and layup to make it 51-45. Webb zipped two free throws with 1:03 on the clock and it was 53-45. After Cabell shouted for his team to avoid fouling, Brown quickly committed one against Cox. He made one of two tries to bring the lead to seven with 57.7 seconds left.
Nick Kuhn lifted the lead to 54-46 with 41.2 seconds remaining before a putback by Casto cut it to 54-48.
CRHS was left with little to do but foul in hope that Scott would be ineffective at the line. But Price made two before a Butcher jumper cut the lead to 56-50 with 17.4 seconds left. After a Hatcher timeout, Price hit one of two free throws and the margin was seven.
Finally, with 5.6 seconds left, Casto was good on a putback as Scott dribbled the game out for the 57-52 win.
May led the Hawk scoring, with 12 points. Price added 11; Sigmon, ten; Logan, eight; Lafauci, seven; Brown, six; and Ables, two for Scott.
* Scott-74; Hoover-55
Coach Nick Cabell’s squad picked up the 74-55 win over Hoover on Saturday afternoon. Lafauci led four players who were in double-figures to secure the fourth straight win for the Hawks. Because of inclement weather, schedules for many West Virginia high school teams have been scrambled. Hoover was playing its third game in three days Saturday. Their record fell to 4-13 with the loss while Scott is now 10-5.
Scott led, 20-14, at the end of the first quarter and held a 34-24 halftime advantage. It was 52-40 at the end of three periods and Scott took the final stanza, 22-15, for their victory margin.
Lafauci scored 16 in leading the Hawks. Webb and Sigmon tossed in a dozen each; Price had 11; Brown, nine; Ables, eight; Underwood, three; May, two; and DeHart, one for Scott.
Cabell showered praise on his team again, particularly Anthony Sigmon. The Scott coach said Sigmon “has been working really hard and is more dedicated than I’ve ever seen him. He is really helping us along on this winning streak.”
Cabell also expressed appreciation to his coaching staff, which includes Steve McComas, Chester Mitchell, Johnny Baldwin and Marcus Linville, for “the hard work they do, the scouting they do and the game plans they develop.”
Scott was scheduled to travel to Falling Rock to meet Hoover yesterday (Tuesday). A makeup game with Sherman is set for Seth on Wednesday. Then, the Hawks visit Hamlin Friday to meet Triple A Lincoln County High.