By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
December 24, 2013
GOODY, Ky. — Logan High School girls’ basketball coach Kevin Gertz had a flashback to the 1983 NCAA National Championship game on Saturday night at Belfry High School.
In the iconic college basketball game, Coach Jim Volvano’s North Carolina State Wolfpack won the title, 54-52, over Houston when Lorenzo Charles dunked the ball at the buzzer after grabbing an airball from a 35-foot shot by Dereck Whittenburg.
The same thing happened to Gertz’ Lady Cats in their Belfry Christmas tourney game with Shelby Valley, Ky.
Minus the dunk, of course.
It was still exciting though.
With less than 10 seconds left, Logan’s Kyra Cline launched a long jumper which was blocked and fell short. The Lady Cats’ Lexi Hines then caught the ball and went in for a layin at the buzzer as Logan won 57-55 in dramatic fashion.
Logan won its third straight game and improved to 3-2 on the season.
“The shot reminded me a lot of the ‘83 National Championship Game with Lorenzo Charles,” Gertz said.
Shelby Valley, a state tourney caliber team in the state of Kentucky, fell to 5-3. The LadyKats had lost the night before to Westside, 53-44, in the tourney.
“They are a very well coached team and they executed unbelievably,” Gertz said of Shelby Valley which played in the state tourney last season in the Kentucky Bluegrass. “They are a young team and they are going to be lights out next year. They may make some noise this year. We struggled somewhat. They boxed-and-oned Shayna Gore all night long and Monica (Mitchell) was in foul trouble but Kyra Cline and Lexi Hines stepped up huge.”
All-State guard and Marshall University recruit Shayna Gore led Logan with 14 points. Hines and Cline tallied 12 points each. Summer Collins tallied eight points, while Mitchell had six points and 10 rebounds. Hannah Adkins and Hannah Kolovich chipped in with three and two points respectively for Logan.
The Lady Cats trailed 16-14 after one quarter but led 29-28 at the half. Shelby Valley outscored Logan 14-8 in the third to grab a 42-37 lead after three. Logan then rallied and outpointed Valley 20-13 in the fourth to notch the win.
Logan returns to the hardwood on Dec. 26 at Spring Valley in a rematch of last year’s Class AAA state tourney semifinals which was won by Logan 52-49 at the Charleston Civic Center. The win propelled Logan into last year’s state championship game.
Spring Valley went 2-1 against LHS last season, winning in the 3A sectional final and also at Logan during the regular season.
CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School girls’ basketball team improved to 4-1 overall and 4-0 in the Cardinal Conference with Saturday night’s 55-36 win at home over the Tolsia Rebels.
The Lady Tigers outscored Tolsia 21-9 in the second quarter and had a 21-2 run to pull away. CHRS then coasted to victory.
Abby Marcum led Chapmanville with a 13-point effort. Kristin DesRocher added 12 points, five assists and five steals.
Savannah Winnett led the Rebels (1-3) with seven points.
The Lady Tigers forced Tolsia into 34 turnovers.
Chapmanville hosts Class AAA county rival Logan on Dec. 30 and then hosts Wayne on Jan. 2 before going to Summers County on Jan. 4.