It was a heartbreaking loss for the Logan High School girls’ basketball team on Saturday night as the Lady Cats fell 48-45 to Winfield at Logan’s Willie Akers Arena.
Logan brought back and honored Shayna Gore, a freshman member of the Marshall University women’s basketball team and Logan’s all-time leading scorer, and the Lady Cats hoped to finish off the night with a win.
Logan, though, was not able to hold on in the see-saw battle as the Lady Cats dropped to 4-12 on the season.
It was also Senior Night as the Lady Cats honored its four senior players — Monica Mitchell, Faith Damron, Brigette Duncan and Ashton Spry.
Mitchell led Logan with a game-high 21 points in the game.
Gore was recognized at halftime. She closed out her stellar prep career at LHS last season with 1,993 points — the most for any girl or boy in Logan basketball history.
Gore was last year’s West Virginia Gatorade State Player of the Year and was honored with a banner on the field house wall. She helped lead the Lady Cats to the 2013 Class AAA state championship game her sophomore season.
Logan and Winfield (7-9) went back in fourth all night long.
The Lady Generals led 47-45 with 1:30 to go in the game as Mitchell split from the free throw line. Winfield had a chance to go up by four points but Mary Lawman missed two foul shots with 40.3 ticks left.
Down two, Logan tried to tie it up.
Mitchell got the ball down in the lane and missed a shot but appeared to be fouled with 29 seconds left. No foul was called and Winfield got the ball. Sydney Cavender was hacked with 21.4 ticks to go and she was able to split from the charity stripe as Winfield led 48-45.
Logan’s Ally Sipple was then fouled hard near the 3-point arc with 5.1 seconds remaining but missed a free throw. The Lady Cats got the board but a potential game-tying 3-pointer from the corner by Beth Adkins at the buzzer clanged off the rim and Winfield escaped with the victory.
Sipple added 12 points for Logan. She connected on a trio of 3-pointers. Spry had five, Adkins three and Damron and Jamyya Knox tallied two each.
Lawman led Winfield with 19 points. She was the only Lady General in double figures.
Winfield was just 9-for-19 from the foul line. Logan hit on 11-of-16.
Logan led 11-9 early after a 3-pointer by Spry.
The game was tied 11-11 after one and Logan led 19-15 at the half.
The Lady Cats’ lead was as many as nine in the third quarter. Sipple’s 3 later kept Logan’s lead at 27-20 with 5:07 to go. Sipple buried another 3 at the 1:24 mark to make it 30-25.
Winfield took a 33-32 lead after three. Lawman put the Lady Gens on top with an old-fashioned three-point play with 30.9 ticks left.
In the fourth, Lawman banked in a 3-pointer (she didn’t call glass) as WHS led 37-35 with 7:25 left in the game.
Lawman then tied it at 40 with a three-point play with 5:52 left.
Logan’s last lead of the game was 44-43 with 2:34 to go after a hoop by Mitchell.
Logan won the JV game over Winfield, 43-22.
The Lady Cats were slated to play St. Albans on Monday afternoon in the Little General Shootout at the Big House at the Charleston Civic Center. Logan is slated to play at Belfry (Ky.) on Feb. 13.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).