Logan falls to Panthers, draws Spring Valley for sectionals

By Paul Adkins Sports Editor

February 25, 2014

The Tug Valley High School boys’ basketball team turned the tables on Logan with a 49-46 win on Saturday night at Naugatuck in the rematch between the Wildcats and the Panthers.

Just a week ago, Logan had beaten Tug Valley 47-46 at Willie Akers Arena to snap a four-game losing streak to the Panthers.

Saturday night’s contest was a see-saw, low-scoring battle.

Single-A Tug Valley won it with three seconds left as sophomore Calvin Blankenship sank two clutch free throws to set the final score.

Blankenship scored 15 points for the Panthers, including a half-court heave at the buzzer to end the first half of play. Thomas Baisden added 14 points for Tug.

It was a good week for Tug Valley, which beat arch-rival Mingo Central and then knocked off Valley Fayette and Logan.

Freshman Braxton Goff led Logan with 12 points, while Zak Miller netted 11.

The Wildcats close out the regular season with three games beginning with Monday’s home makeup contest with Class A Greater Beckley Christian.

The Cats then host Parkersburg on Tuesday night on Senior Night and close out on Thursday at Capital.

Logan then plays the following week in the Class AAA sectional tourney at Cabell Midland.

LHS is scheduled to open sectional play on Wednesday, March 5 at 8 p.m. against Spring Valley as expected. The pairings were released on Monday afternoon.

Logan received the No. 3 seed while Spring Valley is the second seed. The two teams did not meet during the regular season. Logan beat Spring Valley in last year’s sectional tourney to advance.

The sectional tourney opens on Monday, March 3 at Huntington High School as No. 4 seed Cabell Midland plays No. 5 Lincoln County at 7:30 p.m., Logan High School Athletics Director Brian Atkinson said on Monday. The winner then moves on to play No. 1 seed Huntington on March 5 at 6 p.m. at Cabell Midland.

The two semifinal winners are set to play on Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Cabell Midland.

Logan moved on to play in last year’s sectional finals but lost to Huntington. The Cats were then eliminated in the regional tourney at Hurricane and finished 8-17.

LHS downed Huntington in the 2011 and 2012 sectional title games.

Tug Valley (14-5), which has won two straight state championships, have a rematch with county rival Mingo Central on Tuesday night on the road and close out on Thursday night at home against sectional foe Greater Beckley Christian.

The Panthers are 5-1 vs. 3A Logan over the course of the last three seasons.