Freshman Schmidt leads Knights’ 72-48 rout of Red Dragons
ONA — Cabell Midland boys basketball head coach Rick Chaffin said he’s been concerned with getting the Knights ready for the postseason run with a well-rounded roster capable of giving him depth.
That’s why he was never concerned with the Knights’ three-game losing streak that was snapped Tuesday with a 72-48 win over Mountain State Athletic Conference foe St. Albans at The Castle.
“Most people want to win every game,” Chaffin said. “But I’ve been using different lineups and we’ve been playing good (defense) and we’ve been playing some good teams.”
Class AAA No. 8 Cabell Midland (9-4) had three scorers in double figures, led by freshman guard Chandler Schmidt, who topped the Knights’ roster with 18 points. Schmidt scored 10 in the second period when the Knights blew the game open.
Palmer Riggio scored on a short jumper in the paint with one second remaining in the first quarter to give the Knights a 15-10 edge.
Following a Jake Edwards basket that opened the second period, Schmidt hit one of two triples he made in that quarter that gave Cabell Midland a 20-10 lead with 6:57 left before -halftime. The Knights closed the first half up 32-24.
Halftime did little to cool Cabell Midland off.
Tyler Straub opened the third quarter with two of his 13 points and Edwards added a field goal to build a 38-24 lead. Cabell Midland outscored St. Albans 11-1 through the first 4:14 of the period.
By then the Knights were ahead by 20 points.
St. Albans (8-9) countered Cabell Midland’s offense with the play of Jamelle Claytor and Rodney Toler.
Claytor used a highlight reel’s worth of moves to get St. Albans high-percentage shots while Toler was sharp from beyond the 3-point line.
Toler ended up as the game’s top scorer with 19 and provided the game’s most thrilling moment.
With St. Albans looking at a potential 13-point halftime deficit, Toler dribbled up the floor just past the Cabell Midland logo at half-court, where he heaved a shot that hit the net to keep the Red Dragons within 10.
Foul trouble sent Toler to the bench in the third quarter and Claytor stepped up to fill the void. Claytor scored seven of St. Albans’ 12 third-quarter points and finished the game with 13.
Too many scoreless minutes went by for St. Albans, however, while Cabell Midland continued to run fresh legs into the contest.
“We’ve been going really slow,” Schmidt said. “We’re starting to work as a team now.”
Cabell Midland will next play Thursday at Spring Valley, while St. Albans will meet Nitro on Friday.
ST. ALBANS 10 14 9 15 — 48: J. Claytor 13, White 2, Toler 19, Clay 1, Johnson 7, N. Claytor 2, Good 6.
CABELL MIDLAND 15 19 20 18 — 72: Womack 5, Sturm 9, Riggio 2, Collins 6, Edwards 10, Schmidt 18, Paugh 5, Marcum 4, Straub 13.