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Boys basketball: Shorthanded Scott upends Sissonville

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Sissonville boys basketball team has had the number of the Scott Skyhawks over the last couple years at Sissonville High School.

If the Skyhawks were to buck the trend on Tuesday, they would have to do so without the services of their top player, Anthony Sigmon.

Sigmon, a 6-foot-6 junior, was suspended for two games due to an altercation during Scott's five-point loss in a game against Logan last Saturday that saw Wildcat Coach Mark Hatcher arrested.

Despite not having Sigmon available, Scott was able to get over the hump and defeat the host Indians, earning a 59-47 victory in Sissonville in front of a crowd of about 225.

"This is the first time we have won here in the past four years," Scott Coach Nick Cabell said. "Our seniors had never won in this gym. We kind of used that as a motivational tool in the locker room. They really wanted to get a win here, and they showed it."

Cabell was even more impressed in the fact that Scott did so without Sigmon, who also must sit out the Skyhawks' next game on Friday at home against Lincoln County.

"It was (impressive)" Cabell said. "Any time you lose a 6-6 guy that starts for you, it makes it harder. We played three sophomores because of it."

In Sigmon's absence, Scott junior Logan Webb stepped up with a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The 6-4 post player had a huge fourth quarter, tallying five boards in the decisive period that extended the Skyhawks three-point lead.

"He (Webb) was rough starting out the game," Cabell said. "I got onto him. I told him we demand perfection. He really answered and stepped up and showed his leadership by doing everything almost perfect in the second half."

This isn't the typical Sissonville team that Scott has seen over the years. The Indians have been a veteran group the last few seasons, including losing four senior starters last season.

Sissonville has a lot of youth, including two starting freshman against the Skyhawks on Tuesday. The first two substitutes were freshmen, totaling four playing significant minutes.

The youth was on full display with Sissonville turning the ball over the first five times they had possession of the ball. The Indians didn't get their first shot of the game off until halfway through the quarter, and by then Scott had scored the first nine points of the game.

"We knew they were really young and didn't know how they would handle the pressure," Cabell said. "We extended a little more tonight than we usually do because of their youth. We were able to cause a lot of deflections."

Skeen knows his Indians will have their fair share of ups and downs this season with so many freshmen, but the Sissonville coach remains optimistic.

"The freshmen came out nervous," Skeen said. "Then we subbed two in real quick. Nobody's head is down. We will be fine. It's two games into the season. It's a long season and we are a team that is going to get a lot better."

Sissonville turned the ball over seven times in the first quarter and trailed 16-7. The Indians responded by limiting the turnovers, and made a serious push. Despite never taking the lead, they cut it to 40-39 early in the fourth quarter before Scott put the game away.

Freshman Seth Bowlin led Sissonville with 12 points and Adam Robinson added nine points.


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