Wayne girls top Chapmanville
WAYNE — The Wayne girls basketball team kept its undefeated season alive winning a 66-54 Cardinal Conference game against Chapmanville in high school basketball at the Pioneers home gym Thursday.
The Pioneers advance to 9-0 on the season but getting this win wasn’t easy.
Including the opening tip-off both teams fought and scrambled for every loose ball, contested every pass and rebound.
Wayne chased down the opening tip and appeared on its way to early dominance. The Pioneers outscored the Tigers 20-12 in the opening period with a combination of three-point shots and points in the paint.
Chapmanville (3-4) began battling back to cut the Wayne lead to 24-21 with 5:51 to play in the second period when the Tigers’ Kaylee Blair made both free throws. Blair, a senior forward, led all scorers with 24 points.
Wayne responded with an 8-0 run, including five points from freshman Jasmine Tabor, to stretch its lead to 32-21. Foul trouble by the Pioneers put Chapmanville in the bonus with 1:32 to play in the first half that kept Wayne from running away with the contest.
Wayne led 35-28 at the half.
Chapmanville took control in the third period and cut Wayne’s lead to three points once again on a basket by senior guard Shea Pridemore who pulled down an offensive rebound and put the shot back that put the Tigers within 46-43 with 1:11 to play in the period.
Tabor and Whitney Sansom scored baskets that give the Pioneers a 50-43 lead heading into the final quarter.
From there Wayne pulled away.
Chapmanville went 1 of 6 from the free throw line early in the fourth quarter while Sara Hooks and Alanna Eaves scored field goals that pushed Wayne ahead. Hooks got a traditional threepoint play when she drove past the Chapmanville to draw a foul on a layup then made good on the foul shot that gave her team a 55-46 lead with 6:07 to play. Less than a minute later Hooks made two free throws and Laykn Adkins scored two of her team-high 18 points on an offensive rebound and put Wayne ahead by 11.
Chapmanville coach Johnny Williamson called a timeout at the 3:20 mark and the Tigers attempted to force Wayne to make free throws down the stretch to seal the win. The Pioneers did just that making 8 of 11 to seal the win, its second in Cardinal Conference play.
The loss for Chapmanville was its third consecutive, all on the road. The Tigers are 2-1 in the conference.
Chapmanville will have another game on the road Saturday when it travels to Scott. Wayne will also go on the road with a game Saturday at Logan.
CHAPMANVILLE 12 16 15 11 — 54: Ellis 1, Myers 2, Dalton 5, Webb 12, Pridemore 2, Blair 23, Williamson 6.
WAYNE 20 15 15 16 — 66: Adkins 18, Sansom 5, Hooks 9, Eaves 10, Wallace 10, Tabor 11, Hood 3.