Lady Cats make statement with big win
by Paul Adkins
After last Friday night’s 64-61 win at home over No. 3-ranked Morgantown the Logan High School girls’ basketball team made a statement.
Yes, the Lady Cats belong.
The win was no fluke.
And yes, Logan deserves to be ranked.
That was the message after the Lady Cats dusted off the Lady Mohigans before a good crowd at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
Logan improved to 5-2 on the season with the win. Morgantown, a previous Class AAA No. 1 team in the state, fell to 7-3. The Lady Mohigans have been also beaten this season by rival University (49-41) and Mount Lebanon, Pa. (64-47), one of the top-ranked teams in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Sophomore guard Shayna Gore led the Lady Cats with a 25-point effort and blocked a potential game-tying 3-point shot by Morgantown with three seconds left. Kyra Cline tossed in 15 points. Both Gore and Cline hit three 3-pointers on the night.
Logan trailed Morgantown by 12 points at the half and fell behind by as many as 18 in the third quarter before making a dramatic comeback.
The Lady Cats hope last Friday’s win over Morgantown was a program-changing event and a foreshadowing of even better things to come this season.
Under third-year Logan coach Kevin Gertz, the Lady Cats turned it around two seasons ago by finishing with a break even 12-12 basketball campaign after suffering several losing seasons.
Last year, Logan endured growing pains and slipped back below .500 but that seems like a distant memory now.
The Lady Cats are on a roll.
“I want our girls to not worry about winning a section and not to worry about winning a region,” Coach Gertz said after the win. “That has only been done here twice with the girls’ program. I don’t want them to worry about not getting to the state tournament. I want them to feel like every game that they go out and play — I don’t care who they play — that they’ve got a shot to win. This might not be the number one ranked team in the state that we beat but when they played that well in the first half they played like it. They (Morgantown) might just be the best team in the state.”
Friday’s victory over the Lady Mohigans was Logan’s third against a ranked opponent.
Earlier in the season, Logan also won an eye-opener with a 56-55 win at Huntington — a girls’ team the Lady Cats had never beaten before.
“In the last two and a half weeks we beat three of the top 1o ranked teams in the state. I think that it’s time that we get ranked,” Gertz said.
Logan was also able to get a measure of revenge on Morgantown — a team that blasted the Lady Cats 70-31 two seasons ago at MHS.
The Lady Cats hope to keep the train rolling this week.
Logan is scheduled to head to South Charleston on Wednesday night to take on the Black Eagles for the second time this season. Earlier in the season at Logan, SC nipped the Lady Cats 50-48.
It could be payback time this time.
“We go to South Charleston and we owe them,” Gertz said. “I’m not taking anything away from South Charleston but when we played them the last time we couldn’t have played any worse.”
Then on Saturday, Logan heads to Winfield for a 7:30 p.m. contest before traveling to Glenhayes on Jan. 14 for a contest against Tolsia. Logan defeated the Lady Rebels 51-41 on Dec. 18 at Willie Akers Arena.
“We’ve got three straight road games,” Gertz said.
Logan’s next home game is Jan. 17 against Lincoln County in the first of three straight at LHS. The Lady Cats then host Greenbrier East on Jan. 25 and Man on Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. in front of the student body. Logan routed Man 61-40 in the season opener on Nov. 27.
Logan’s first of two games against county rival Chapmanville is set for Jan. 30 at CRHS. The Lady Tigers currently stand at 5-4.
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