Schmidt makes his mark for Knights
ONA – Being a freshman varsity player isn’t easy, but Cabell Midland’s Chandler Schmidt was looking for a way to establish himself and found that opportunity Tuesday in helping the Knights take an 86-41 boys basketball season opening victory over Grace Christian at the Castle.
Schmidt, who attended Huntington St. Joe last year after moving to the area from Indiana, showed off his Hoosier roots by scoring 19 first half points—one fewer than the Grace Christian team had. He finished with 23 points and was pulled in the third quarter with Cabell Midland (1-0) easily in control of the game.
“Being a freshman and starting varsity I wanted to come out and show these guys I could play with them,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt scored eight points in the first quarter to help keep the Knights even with the Soldiers who led in the opening frame by as much as five points. Cabell Midland took the lead with 3:20 remaining in the period and never looked back.
Schmidt helped the Knights outscore Grace Christian 26-3 in the second period by adding 11 more points including shooting 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Cabell Midland led 48-20 at halftime.
Isaiah Collins also scored 23 for Cabell Midland.
“I thought we played pretty unselfishly,” Cabell Midland head coach Rick Chaffin said. “I thought our defense might wear them down but this is one of better Grace Christian teams too. They’re pretty athletic.”
The Soldiers (0-1) struggled to rebound despite a slight height advantage over Cabell Midland which featured four guards in its starting lineup.
Eli Foster had the athleticism to help Grace Christian under the basket, but putting him there would have taken away the Soldiers best outside shooting threat. Foster scored 18 points, including five 3-point field goals.
Chaffin said he knows Cabell Midland has much to work on as the season goes.
“Everything,” he said when asked about what the Knights still needed to address. “I thought we did a good job of battling for rebounds and shot the ball really well . Rebounding was one of our five points (of emphasis) for this game.
“But we’re further along this year than where we were last year.”
Cabell Midland has three players out because of injuries including 6-foot-9 center Sean Marcum who Chaffin said he expects to be available in a few weeks.
GRACE CHRISTIAN 17 3 14 7 – 41: Perry 3, Branson 7, Perdue 2, Foster 18, Tanner 7, Workman 4.
CABELL MIDLAND 22 26 21 12 – 86: Sturm 14, Edwards 13, Paugh 7, Schmidt 23, Straub 2, Collins 23, Holmes 4.