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Evans scores 36 in Lady Tigers 63-37 win over Lady Red Devils

Updated: Dec 14, 2022

Chapmanville's Daizi Farley looks to pass in the first quarter of Chapmanville's 57-23 victory over Fairmont Senior on Dec. 3 at Danny Godby Gymnasium. The Lady Tigers improved to 4-0 with a 26-point victory Friday night at home against Oak Hill (Bill Lusk/WVOW Sports).

Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports

CHAPMANVILLE Alaira Evans scored 36 points to lead Class AA co-No. 7 Chapmanville to a 63-37 victory over Class AAAA Oak Hill Friday night at Danny Godby Gymnasium.

Evans connected on 15 of 19 shots from the field, was 3 of 5 from 3-point and finished with seven rebounds and two steals for the Lady Tigers in just three quarters of action.

Evans, who sit the entire fourth quarter with Chapmanville comfortably ahead by a wide margin, was the only Chapmanville player to reach double figures, but that is not to say that others didn’t have a hand in the lopsided victory.

Daizi Farley had seven points and six rebounds and Jaycee Blair added six points along with three assists and two steals.

Chole Thompson had five points to go along with five rebounds and two block shots, Jaden Mahon finished with two points, three assists, three rebounds and three steals and Hayley Fleming had two points and seven of the Lady Tigers 16 assists.

“Alaira did a great job tonight, the girls did a great job finding her, and I was pleased with her performance tonight," Gore said. "But I was also pleased with everybody chipping in, making the extra pass when you needed to, and seeing the aggressiveness, which was good to see.”

Trailing 4-0 with just under six minutes in the opening quarter, Thompson got Chapmanville on the board with a 15-foot jumper as the Lady Tigers went on a 17-5 run to close the quarter and lead 17-9 after one quarter of play.

Evans scored eight points in the first quarter and 15 in the second quarter as the Lady Tigers led 34-18 at halftime.

In the second half, the Lady Tigers led by as many as 33 points in the fourth quarter, 61-28, before Oak Hill closed on a 9-2 run to end the game.

Oak Hill coach Darrell Compton was impressed with the Lady Tigers length on film, had game planned to stop Farley from knocking down the 3 like she did in the season opener against Herbert Hoover, where she made seven 3’s in a four-point Lady Tiger victory.

“We planned on stopping No. 10 (Farley), I thought she could light us up on the outside and 33 (Evans) just wore us out on the inside,” Compton said. “They are a big team and it hard for us to guard a big team like that.”

“That is a good team and their length kind of surprised me,” Compton said. "When I watched them on film, I knew they were tall and lengthy, but I didn’t know they were that tall and lengthy.”

Jordan Harris and Caralyn Smith led Oak Hill with nine points each. The Lady Red Devils shot 27.3 percent (15 of 55) from the field and was 2 of 15 from 3.

“I am not happy with that, but I am glad that Smith scored some points,” Compton said. “Our guards are the strength of our team, and they to average 12, 10, and eight or nine and they just didn’t do that and didn’t play very well.”

Chapmanville’s ability to share the ball and get Evans open parlayed into a 51 percent shooting night (25 for 49), which Compton credits to the team ball.

“They play good team ball, and they look for each other,” Compton said. “That is something our girls are still learning.”

The Lady Tigers turned the ball over 20 times but forced 22 Lady Red Devils turnovers.

“They (Chapmanville) had a good defense, and our plan was to attack the middle, but our girls just didn’t attack it,” Compton said. “They just kicked it around the outside, let their traps evolve and that is where the turnovers came from.”

Chapmanville outrebounded Oak Hill 31-28, however Gore, who was displeased with efforts on the offensive glass where the Lady Tigers were outrebounded 17-11, said that is something that must improve moving forward.

“Not pleased with the offensive boards we gave up, believe we gave up 17, but that is not where we want to be,” Gore said. “I was not pleased with our movement defensively, I think we got lazy and stagnant at times with our location, so it is definitely something we got to work on if we are going to be successful next week.”

“We got a sectional opponent coming in here on Tuesday with Mingo Central,” Gore said. “Friday, we leave and go to Summers County to play in their tournament, and hopefully meet up with them in the championship on Saturday.”

Oak Hill, who had won its last two games, falls to 2-3 on the year and will return action Dec. 20 at Class AAAA co-No. 6 Woodrow Wilson. It will be the first of three consecutive games as Oak Hill will host Class AAAA rival Greenbrier East on Dec. 21 and close the stretch with a home game against Class A No. 9 James Monroe on Dec. 22.

“That is how you get better, and we will keep on chopping,” Compton said. "Hopefully we will get some baskets to go our way, but we will see.”

Chapmanville improved to 4-0 on the season and will return to action Tuesday night at home against Class AA No. 6 Mingo Central, a team that the Lady Tigers beat twice during the regular season, however, the Lady Miners defeated Chapmanville to win the Class AA Region 3 Section 2 championship on the Lady Tigers homecourt.

“It never feels like a regular season game when you play a rival like Mingo it is going to mean more,” Gore said. “The girls still have a little bad taste in their mouth from how we performed in the sectional championship, so we do want to set that right.”

Tuesday night’s battle with Mingo Central could be the first of three matchups this season. The Lady Tigers will travel to Mingo Central on Jan. 17 while a third meeting could occur in the sectional tournament.

On Friday, Chapmanville will travel to Summers County to take part in the 32nd annual Rogers Oil Tournament at Summers County High School. The Lady Tigers open tournament play against Class A No. 7 Tug Valley.

A win Friday over Tug Valley would put the Lady Tigers in the championship game where they could meet Class AA No. 5 Summers County, a team that Gore and the Lady Tigers could see if they advance to the regional tournament.

“We got a sectional opponent coming in here on Tuesday with Mingo Central,” Gore said. “Friday, we leave and go to Summers County to play in their tournament, and hopefully meet up with them in the championship on Saturday.”

Chapmanville 63, Oak Hill 37

Oak Hill (2-3)

Smith 4-8 1-4 9, Harris 4-9 1-3 9, Light 2-3 0-0 5, Wilburn 1-8 2-2 4, Kiszka 2-5 0-0 4, Tygrett 1-6 0-0 3, Bess 1-2 0-0 2, Rosiek 0-0 1-2 1, Davis 0-4 0-0 0, White 0-5 0-0 0, Gray 0-5 0-0 0. Totals: 15-55 5-11 37.

Chapmanville (4-0)

Evans 15-19 3-6 36, Farley 2-4 3-4 7, Blair 2-3 0-0 6, Thompson 2-2 1-2 5, Mahon 2-5 1-2 5, Fleming 1-9 0-0 2, Parsons 1-2 0-0 2, Christian 0-1 0-0 0, Miller 0-2 0-0 0, Kirk 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 25-49 8-14 63.

Oak Hill 9 9 7 12- 37

Chapmanville 17 17 20 9- 63

3-point field goals- Oak Hill 2-15 (Smith 0-1, Harris 0-1, Light 1-1, Wilburn 0-2, Tygrett 1-3, White 0-4, Gray 0-3), Chapmanville 5-13 (Evans 3-5, Farley 0-1, Blair 2-2, Mahon 0-1, Fleming 0-1, Parsons 0-1, Miller 0-1, Kirk 0-1). Rebounds- Oak Hill 28 (Smith 8), Chapmanville 31 (Evans 7). Assists- Oak Hill 6 (Gray 2), Chapmanville 16 (Fleming 7). Total Fouls- Oak Hill 11, Chapmanville 16.



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