The Logan High School boys’ basketball team seems to be turning the corner.
Tuesday night’s 45-40 win at Lincoln County was the third straight for the Wildcats, which improved to 5-6 on the season.
Lincoln County dropped to 6-7 with the loss.
Chase Preston and Zak Miller tallied 11 points each to lead the Wildcats. Miller hit three 3-pointers on the night — all coming in the first half.
Z. Minnick had seven points, while Trent Dalton and Worm Street netted five each. C.J. Williams had four and A.J. Reynolds two.
T.J. Arbaugh had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Panthers while Kenny Holton finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Andrew Davis had nine points.
Both teams combined to make 18 3-pointers on the night. Arbaugh connected on five 3s for the Panthers.
Logan led for most of the game, only trailing 3-1 early in the first quarter.
The Wildcats led 9-5 after one, 28-22 at the half and 39-35 after three. Logan then edged Lincoln County 6-5 in the low-scoring fourth quarter to set the final score.
The Panthers got to within one at 41-40 in the fourth quarter.
Logan then scored a bucket and drained two free throws to put Lincoln County away.
Back in the first quarter, Dalton’s basket tied it up 3-3.
Miller then put Logan up for good, 6-3, with a 3-pointer. He then canned another trey to put Logan on top by four after one quarter of play.
The Cats then expanded their second quarter lead to 26-14 — their largest of the game — after makes from beyond the 3-point arc by Miller, Minnick and Dalton. A putback by Williams finished off the run.
A drive to the lane by Reynolds gave Logan a 28-22 lead at the half.
The Panthers were able to claw back in the third period. After two Davis three throws and a Davis hoop, Lincoln County trailed just 30-26.
Preston, however, answered with a 3-ball to make it 33-26.
Arbaugh came back, though, with a 3 of his own to cut the margin to 37-32.
Another 3 — this one by Davis — pulled Lincoln County to within 39-35 after three periods.
Logan is scheduled to return to action next Tuesday at home against Tug Valley. Tug, last year’s Class AA state champions, have dropped down to Single-A status this season.
The Panthers are 8-1 going into Friday night’s game at Westside. Tug Valley then hosts 3A Riverside on Saturday night before heading to Logan.
Tug Valley routed county rival Mingo Central, 66-45, on Monday night at Newtown.
The only loss this season by the Panthers was a 80-76 setback on Dec. 29 at Belfry, Ky.
Tug Valley swept the two-game season series with Logan last season.
The Panthers are led by guards Mikey Newsome, Austin Brewer and Aaron Muncy. Brewer tossed in 21 points in the win over the Mingo Central Miners. Thomas Baisden pitched in 20 points.
Logan Wildcats (5-6)
2012-13 Boys’ Basketball Schedule
Dec. 11: Hurricane, L 60-67
Dec. 14: Berwick, Pa., W 70-19
Dec. 20: Huntington, L 50-76
Dec. 21: vs. Magnolia (at George Wash. Tournament), L 60-86
Dec. 22: vs. St. Albans (at George Wash. Tournament), W 51-37
Dec. 28: George Washington, L 49-54
Jan. 5: at Charleston Catholic, L 39-42
Jan. 8: at Greenbrier East, L 53-60
Jan. 11: Westside, W 66-55
Jan. 12: at Point Pleasant, W 47-40
Jan. 15: at Lincoln County, W 45-40
Jan. 22: Tug Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25: Belfry, Ky. (King Coal Classic at Logan), 8 p.m.
Jan. 26: Greenbrier East (King Coal Classic at Logan), 8 p.m.
Feb. 5: Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8: Point Pleasant, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 9: at Westside, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12: at Parkersburg, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 13: vs. Winfield (at Charleston Civic Center), 8 p.m.
Feb. 16: at Tug Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 19: at George Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 21: Capital, 7:30 p.m.