Sturm, Schmidt lead Knights over Skins in OT
HUNTINGTON — No. 2 Hurricane and No. 3 Cabell Midland needed overtime Wednesday to decide who would advance to the boys Class AAA, Region IV, Section 2 final.
In the extra period, the Knights’ Chandler Schmidt emerged from a game-long slumber to put in six points to put Cabell Midland (17-6) on top 63-57 and earn a spot in Friday’s sectional championship game against Spring Valley.
Schmidt, a freshman, wound up with 17 points with his overtime contribution, but it was Ty Sturm who led the charge in regulation.
Sturm scored a team-high 18 points, including seven in the third quarter when Hurricane (17-6) put a rally together to overcome a nine-point Cabell Midland lead. What had been a 36-27 advantage for the Knights with 2:35 left in that period dwindled to a 38-35 lead when the Redskins’ Grant Young hit a jump shot with six seconds remaining.
Cabell Midland was never able to find the offensive rhythm in the second half that it had during the second quarter when it built a 28-21 halftime advantage. The Knights also
found themselves out of position for rebounds, an advantage it had during the first half, and Hurricane used that edge to cut into the lead.
Junior Austin Dearing hit a 3-pointer to start the fourth period to tie the game at 38. The Redskins stayed with Cabell Midland throughout the final period in regulation, either tied or within one possession of the lead.
With 27 seconds to go in the fourth, Hurricane finally took the lead, its first since a 20-19 advantage at the 3:40 mark of the second quarter, when Dearing made a 2-point field goal that put the Redskins on top 52-51.
Cabell Midland managed to tie the game on a foul shot by Palmer Riggio with 16 seconds remaining. Riggio missed the front end, however, denying the Knights a chance to win in regulation.
Hurricane had the ball for a final regulation shot but a halfcourt attempt by Young didn’t came close.
In overtime, Young put Hurricane on top with 1 of 2 free throws to give the Redskins the lead.
Sturm and Schmidt then scored the game’s next two baskets to put Cabell Midland up by 56-53 with 2:10 to play.
Schmidt converted on 4-of-4 foul shooting in the extra frame to help the Knights to a 60-55 lead with 54 seconds remaining.
Hurricane’s Joe Muto scored two of his team-leading 18 points to close the gap to three. Following a timeout by Hurricane, the Redskins forced a jump ball and a turnover to give them a chance for a game-tying 3-pointer.
Those shots would not fall for Hurricane and despite an opportunity to cut a 61-57 Cabell Midland lead to two points, Cole Stover missed two free throws. Jaron Womack was fouled while grabbing the rebound after the second miss, then made two free throws to set the final score.
“This was a total team effort. Everybody I put in the game gave contributions,” Cabell Midland coach Rick Chaffin said.
Cabell Midland will return to Spring Valley on Friday for a 7 p.m. tipoff against Spring Valley, the winner of Wednesday’s other sectional semifinal against Huntington High.
CABELL MIDLAND 13 15 10 14 11 — 63: Womack 8, Sturm 18, Riggio 4, Edwards 14, Schmidt 17, Straub 2.
HURRICANE 12 9 14 17 5 — 57: Nicely 12, Young 7, Williams 2, Womack 2, Spolarich 2, Dearing 14, Muto 18.