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Turnovers set tone in Sissonville's loss to Scott

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. -- Sissonville's starting and second-string backcourt is comprised of four freshmen, and that inexperience combined with a frenzied Scott defense was just a bit much for the Indians to overcome on Monday.

The visiting Skyhawks, even without 6-foot-6 junior center Anthony Sigmon, forced 26 turnovers, including one on each of Sissonville's first five possessions, as Scott gutted out a late Indians rally en route to a 59-47 win.

Scott (2-1) used those early gifts from the Indians to roll out to a 12-1 lead, and although Sissonville came all the way back to tie the game late in the third quarter, the Indians never could grab a lead of their own.

The Skyhawks then used a 12-3 spurt to open the fourth quarter to stretch their lead back out and Scott cruised the rest of the way.

"We talked about in the locker room that we came out sluggish and slow against [previous opponent] Logan and we wanted to do something different here," Scott coach Nick Cabell said. "This is actually the first time we've won here in four years - our seniors right now have never won in this gym. We kind of tried to use that as a motivational tool in the locker room. They really wanted to get a win here and I think they played hard and showed it." 

It was a balanced scoring effort for Scott with Cody Brown, Eric May and Logan Webb each scoring 10 points. Brown also contributed a game-high seven steals.

Webb scored seven of his points in the deciding fourth quarter and finished with 10 rebounds to take up some of the slack left by Sigmon's absence.

Sigmon was serving his first of a two-game suspension after being involved in an altercation during the Skyhawks' game against Logan Saturday at Chapmanville.

"He was rough starting out the game and I got on to him," Cabell said of Webb. "I told him in the locker room, 'We demand perfection and that's the way it is from here on out.' If they're not perfect, they're not going to stay in the game. I think he really answered, showed his leadership and stepped up tonight by doing everything almost perfect in the second half."

The Indians (1-1) were able to get back into the game in large part due to their own stingy defense, which forced 17 turnovers.

Seth Bowlin, one of the Indians' freshman guards, scored a game-high 12 points, all after halftime, while Adam Robinson added nine and Steven Hairston chipped in eight.

Still, after squaring the game at 32 and trailing only by three at the end of the third quarter, seven fourth-quarter turnovers proved to be the Indians' undoing.

They had at least six giveaways in each quarter.

"We probably lost it really in the first quarter - that's when we lost it," Sissonville coach Rich Skeen said. "We just came out nervous or whatever. Starting two [freshmen] and subbed two in real quick and we just didn't execute what we wanted to do. Nobody's head is down, we're OK, it was a good comeback, but we probably didn't lose it right there at the fourth, we probably lost it in the first quarter. We just dug ourselves too big of a hole."

Cabell admitted that he vamped up his defensive pressure in advance to try to take advantage of the Indians' youthful guards, and Skeen said he fully expects that treatment as the season goes on.

But he is also confident that he has the kind of team that will steadily improve as the year wears on.

"I think we've got the kind of team that is really going to get better," Skeen said. "They didn't do anything we didn't expect. That's a veteran team.

"The way they [pressure] is a little bit different and it will cause you to grow up real quick, and I think we did grow up a little bit tonight."

Reach Ryan Pritt at 304-348-7948, ryan.pritt@wvgazette.com, or follow him at twitter.com/RPritt.

 


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