The Logan Wildcats have a tough early season test on Thursday night at home against Class AAA sectional foe Huntington.
The Logan High School basketball team knocked off Huntington, 64-45 in last year’s sectional finals at Cabell Midland, but a lot has changed since March.
Logan lost about 80 percent of its offense from last year’s team, including graduated top scorer Stevie Browning and the Wildcats are trying to rebuild.
After a disappointing 67-60 loss at home to Hurricane in the season opener, the Wildcats bounced back quickly last Friday night at LHS by putting the smack down on Berwick (Pa.) by an incredible 70-19 score.
Huntington, a formidable foe this season, comes to Logan for a 7:30 p.m. tip off in the Wildcats’ third straight home game to begin the season.
The Highlanders, as usual, appear to be loaded and come into the contest with a 3-0 mark. Huntington opened the season with a 63-49 victory at Cabell Midland, then won 68-57 at Capital before scoring Tuesday night’s 78-54 victory at home over Parkersburg in Mountain State Athletic Conference action.
Tonight’s clash is the only regular season meeting between the Cats and the Highlanders. The two, of course, could play each other again in the post-season.
“They are probably one of the top five teams in the state,” Logan coach Mark Hatcher said of Huntington. “They have some talent and they are very deep. They have size and they have experience. Those kids that they’ve had the last couple of years are juniors and seniors. They’re a big team and they have a few 6-4, 6-5 guys and a 6-6 kid in the middle. They’re going to be tough. They’re undefeated.”
The Highlanders are led by its five seniors — 5-11 point guard Nathan DeMoss, 6-3 guard/forward Andrew Dial, 5-10 guard Dominique Gibson, 6-1 guard Shaquan Miller and 6-4 forward/center Wesley Moultrie.
Junior Harrison Brown, a 6-3 shooting guard, is another Highlander to watch, along with 6-6 junior center Arick Nicks.
Huntington has additional size with 6-6 sophomore Chase Mann and 6-4 junior Chancelor Wooding.
Hatcher said he was pleased with the Cats’ performance against Berwick last week.
“I thought that we played with a lot more effort so I was real happy with that,” Hatcher said. “They made a 10-hour drive to get here and I’m sure that had something to do with their legs. We did a good job of playing man-to-man and I thought that we did a good job of putting some pressure on them and getting some turnovers. I don’t know how many turnovers that they had but it was more than 20. We seemed to capitalize on all of those turnovers. That’s how we got our quick start. We subbed in four or five at a time and Zak Miller came in there and hit some big shots for us. Everyone was very unselfish.”