By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
February 11, 2014
It was quite a pounding.
It was simple as that.
Class AA No. 2-ranked Westside stormed into Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena and put the hammer down on the Wildcats, thrashing Logan to the tune of 89-66.
The Wildcats rallied some in the second half to make the final score a bit more respectable.
Westside (11-3), which earned a season series sweep with Logan this season, also taking a 90-68 win earlier in the year at Clear Fork, was paced by the hot shooting of Corey Bowles, who caught fire with 33 points and six made 3-point shots.
Logan also got a huge night from Zac Acord, who tossed in a career-high 32 points for the Wildcats (6-8).
Justin Cogar added a double-double for the Renegades with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Levi Lambert added 18 points and Will Fox 13.
Josh Rein tallied six points for Logan. Kareem Clansy and Brynden Street had five each, while Trevor Abbott had four and Alex Toler and Benny Adkins finished with three apiece. Zak Miller, Braxton Goff, Brenton Vance and Samuel Justice all had two each.
The Renegades were 16-for-19 from the free throw line. Logan was 8-for-10.
Westside led the game by as many as 32 points.
The Renegades jumped out to an early 16-4 lead and led 22-17 after one following a 13-6 scoring edge by the Cats.
In the second period, Westside poured it on big time on the Wildcats, using a 30-3 run and outscoring Logan 32-15 during the frame to take a commanding 54-32 halftime lead. Bowles led the charge in the second quarter as he drilled five 3s and netted 24 points.
A layup by Bowles put Westide on top 52-20 in the second quarter — the largest Renegade lead of the night.
After a Fox layin to make it 54-22, Logan went on a 10-0 run to close the gap to 22 at the intermission. Acord hit a 3-pointer during the run, while Clansy scored on a layup.
In the third, it was more Renegades as Westside outpointed the Cats 20-17 to take a 74-49 lead. Bowles gave Westside the 25-point margin with no time left on the clock as he swished three straight free throws after getting hacked on a 3-point shot attempt.
LHS outscored WHS 17-15 in the fourth.
Logan was scheduled to play at Class AAA sectional rival and No. 3-ranked Huntington on Monday night. The Wildcats host Tug Valley on Saturday, Feb. 15 in a makeup game.
Logan is then set to play Winfield on Feb. 18 at the Charleston Civic Center before hosting Greenbrier East on Feb. 21 on 1964 Night at Willie Akers Arena. The Cats are then at Tug Valley on Feb. 22 in another makeup game before hosting Greater Beckley Christian on Feb. 24 in still another makeup game.
LHS closes out the regular season Feb. 25 at home against Parkersburg and Feb. 27 at Capital.
Westside is slated to be at Independence on Tuesday before hosting Greenbrier East in a makeup game on Wednesday.