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Lady Cats rally to win at Winfield, 74-60

By Paul Adkins Sports Editor

January 22, 2014

Good teams find a way to win.


The Logan High School girls’ basketball team found a way, somehow, to rally from behind to beat Winfield, 74-60, on Monday night on the road.


Logan (9-4), ranked No. 7 in the state in this week’s Class AAA girls’ basketball poll, trailed Winfield 32-24 at the half and fell behind by as many as 12 in the third quarter.


The Lady Cats’ one-two punch of all-state Monica Mitchell and Shayna Gore were held down by Winfield as Mitchell did not score her first points of the game until the fourth quarter and Gore did not have a first half field goal.


Logan then caught fire and outscored the Lady Generals 50-28 in the second half.


Mitchell, a 6-foot-2 sophomore center, bounced back to score all 11 of her points in the fourth quarter and also finished with 20 rebounds and a double-double.


Gore tallied 18 points for the game but was just 4-for-19 from the floor. She was 9-for-11 from the foul line and was hit with a technical foul at the 5:21 mark of the first quarter and sat the rest of the stanza.


Logan pulled to within 47-44 after three, then routed Winfield by a 30-13 margin in the fourth.


Winfield dropped to 5-3 on the season with the loss. Haylea Roberson helped lead the Lady Generals to their first-half success against Logan as she poured in a game-high 28 points. She then fouled out in the fourth quarter as Logan turned the tide.


Lexi Hines and Ashton Spry both finished with double digits in scoring for the game with 11 and 10 points respectively for Logan. Kyra Cline tacked on nine, while Summer Collins had seven, Hannah Adkins four and senior Hannah Kolovich with one.


With the score tied at 58, Spry made two straight steals that led to three-point plays for Mitchell and Hines. The second of those resulted in Roberson’s fifth foul with 2:41 remaining. Logan led 64-58 after the two scores.


Logan then pulled away.


Kolovich sank a free throw, Hines went in for a layup and Mitchell netted two free throws as the Lady Cats led 74-60 with 35 ticks to go. That ended up being the final score.


Since a 54-51 deficit in the fourth quarter, Logan outscored Winfield 16-2 the rest of the way.


A three-point play by Mitchell had put Logan up 56-54 in the fourth. Hines then scored on a layup before Roberson hit some free throws to tie it up at 58 following a technical call on Logan Coach Kevin Gertz.


Cheyenne Sawyers scored nine points for Winfield and Chelsea Kirby pulled down 12 rebounds. The Generals committed 19 turnovers.


Logan was 24-for-67 shooting for 35.8 percent for the game. LHS was 19-for-28 from the charity stripe for 67.8 percent.


The Lady Gens sank 25-of-67 field goals for 37.3 percent. Winfield was 8-for-11 from the line.


Hines and Spry each hit two 3s for Logan.


Gertz said Winfield is a tough place to play.


“This place is in our heads. It’s in (Logan boys’ basketball coach) Mark Hatcher’s team’s too. We don’t win here very often for whatever reason,” he said after the game. “We played a heck of a second half. We put up 50 to win by 14. We outscored them by 26 in the second half. We didn’t come to play tonight I’m very disappointed. A lot of that has to do with me.”


Coach Gertz said he hasn’t been feeling well lately. He suffered a heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in the summer of 2012 and his health has been an issue ever since.


“I’m not healthy,” he said after the game. “I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be able to do this this year. I need to go to the doctor, that’s why I didn’t get up and scream the whole first half. My health is far too important for any basketball game but we found a way to win in the fourth quarter and I’m proud of that effort.”


Winfield is coached by Tim Toler, a Chapmanville High School graduate and former coach at Logan.


Logan is scheduled to get back into action on Wednesday night at Class AA No. 1 Westside (8-0). Game time is 7 p.m., weather permitting.


The Lady Cats then host Tolsia on Jan. 28, go to Class AAA No. 8 Morgantown on Jan. 31 and then play Westside again on Feb. 3 at home.


Chapmanville 70,


Sherman 36


CHAPMANVILLE — The Chapmanville Regional High School girls’ basketball team improved to 9-4 on the season and won its fourth straight game with Monday night’s 70-36 victory at home over Class A non-conference team Sherman at Chapmanville’s Danny Godby Gymnasium.


Kristin DesRocher led four double-figure scorers for Chapmanville with 16 points. Lexi Martin had 12 and NeNe Osborne and Abby Marcum had 10 each.


Kortni Packo and Hillary Hainer tossed in six each. Shian Meeks had four and Hannah Vance and Autumn Blankenship had three apiece.


The Lady Tigers led 20-9 after one quarter, 41-17 at the half and 54-31 after three.


CRHS is scheduled to host Wayne on Thursday night in a Cardinal Conference game. The Lady Tigers beat Wayne 64-36 on the road in the season opener and are 7-0 in the league.


The Lady Tigers are ranked 12th in the state this week in Class AA.


Wyoming East 67,


Man 30


MAN — The Man High School girls’ basketball team dropped to 4-8 on the season with Monday night’s 67-30 blowout loss at home to Class AA Wyoming East.


No statistics were available on the game.


The Lady Billies were slated to play at Buffalo on Tuesday night, weather permitting. Man hosts Mount View on Thursday night and goes to Williamstown on Friday.


Man then plays at Greater Beckley Christian on Jan. 27 before going to Charleston Catholic on Jan. 30.


BOYS


Logan at Tug Valley, ppd.


Tuesday night’s Logan at Tug Valley high school boys’ basketball game was cancelled due to snowy weather and poor road conditions.


No makeup date has been announced.