Lady Cats ready for stretch drive
by Paul Adkins
With eight games left to play in the regular season the Logan High School girls’ basketball team hopes to put all the pieces together for the stretch drive.
With the Class AAA sectional tournament only three weeks away the post-season is almost here.
Logan took another positive step on Monday afternoon with a 72-52 home win over county rival Man at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
Shayna Gore led Logan (9-4) with 29 points and seven assists. Freshman center Monica Mitchell recorded a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Kyra Cline had 14, Hannah Tothe seven, Kelsey Kirk two and Hannah Adkins and Amanda Williamson had one each.
Summer Sword led Man (10-5) with a 25-point effort. Morgan Conn and Taylor Whited tossed in nine each, while Hannah Harvey had five and Jennifer Shull and Tessa Mullins tallied two apiece.
Monday afternoon’s game was played before the LHS student body.
The Lady Cats were coming off last Friday night’s 56-52 loss at home to Class AAA No. 1 and unbeaten Greenbrier East at Logan’s King Coal Classic.
“We played well,” Logan coach Kevin Gertz said. “We had a lot of good, open shots but we missed a lot. We scored 72 points but we missed enough layups to score 15 or 20 more. But I thought our girls played real hard and I thought Man played real well. Summer Sword played a heck of a game for them. We were glad to get back on the winning track.”
Logan led Man by as many as 21 points late in the game.
The Lady Cats held leads of 21-12 after one quarter, 39-24 at the half and 52-38 after three.
Logan has another county clash on Wednesday night at Chapmanville Regional in the first meeting between the two teams this season. Chapmanville comes into the game with an 8-7 record. The Lady Tigers are just 3-4 in their last seven contest. Tipoff time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the CRHS gym.
“I look for it to be a tough game with Chapmanville,” Gertz said. “No matter what they always play us tough. They’ll be at home and we’ll get their best effort by far. They are super coached.”
Chapmanville is led by point guard Kristin DesRocher.
“We have to keep her in check,” Gertz said. “We also have to do a much better job on the boards. Monica is rebounding well but we’ve got to have five people rebounding the ball everytime that we’re on the court. I was a little disappointed against Man because we gave up a lot of second-chance points.”
After the Chapmanville game, the Lady Cats have seven games remaining in the regular season beginning with Saturday night’s clash at Morgantown. Logan toppled the Lady Mohigans 64-61 earlier in the season at LHS before a large, partisan crowd.
Logan then hosts Westside on Feb. 4, hosts Class AAA sectional foe Spring Valley on Feb. 6 and goes to Lincoln County on Feb. 8 and to Greenbrier East on Feb. 9.
The Lady Cats close out the regular season with two home games — Feb. 11 against Winfield and Feb. 14 against Chapmanville in the rematch. Winfield downed Logan 57-55 earlier in the season at Winfield.
“We’re trying to turn around the program and we have to learn to handle success,” Gertz said. “We’re 9-4 and with a bucket or two in three of the games we could easily be 12-1 but we’re not. Every game is a new game and we have to work our butts off to get anywhere.”
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