CHARLESTON — Two days before the Logan High School girls’ basketball team lost a heartbreaker at home to Winfield on Senior Night, falling to the Lady Generals by three points.
On Monday afternoon, the Lady Cats traveled to the Charleston Civic Center to play St. Albans in the Little General Shootout in the Big House.
The young Logan team made a game of it, taking St. Albans to the wire. The Lady Cats, however, faltered late and lost 63-52 to the Red Dragons, falling to 4-13 on the season.
The Lady Cats played well at times and seem to be close to making a breakthrough.
Only three scheduled games are left in the regular season, however, and Class AAA sectional tournament time is almost here.
“We’re getting better and we’re playing well,” Logan coach Kevin Gertz said. “We just haven’t got over the top. We need to learn how to win. We have to learn how to fight no matter what. A lot of these girls are learning but too many of them hang their heads when something is going against them and they shut down. The ones there at the end busted their tails. We put some players in there that haven’t had major minutes. They fought like crazy to get us back in it.”
Logan had no answer for St. Albans’ Jaden McDaniels, who poured in 30 points and was a sizzling 18-for-19 from the free throw line for 94.7 percent.
The Lady Cats were led by 6-foot-2 senior center Monica Mitchell, who recorded her usual double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Ally Sipple drained a pair of free throws and had seven points. Bre Welch and Chelsea Napier tossed in six points each, while Beth Adkins had five. Kaileah Williams had three, Brigette Duncan two and Ashton Spry one.
Sipple also handed out six assists.
Haleigh Legg and Alli Johnson netted nine each for the Red Dragons. Kasey Burks had eight, Katelyn Fields four and Tiarra Jackson three.
St. Albans led 11-6 after one quarter, 27-22 at the half and 43-33 after three.
Logan rallied in the fourth.
Down nine, the St. Albans bench was called for a technical foul. Mitchell, who was also fouled, stepped to the free throw line with 6:11 left and split from the line on her foul shots. She then stayed at the line and netted both technical foul free throws, pulling Logan to within 45-37.
Napier then drilled a 17-foot baseline jumper as the Lady Cats inched to within 45-41.
Sipple then canned a 3-pointer with 3:42 left and was fouled. She clanged the free throw off the rim, missing out on a rare four-point play but LHS was within 50-46.
Sipple continued to rally Logan as she hit another 3 at the top of the key to make it a 51-49 ballgame. She then split from the free throw line with 2:27 to go as the Lady Cats closed to within 51-50.
Mitchell later hit two free throws with 2:08 left as Logan trailed only 53-52.
That was as close as the Lady Cats could get.
McDaniels hit two free throws and Burks scored on a putback as St. Albans led 57-52. Johnson then netted two free throws with 43.7 ticks to go as the Red Dragons led 59-52 to put the game away.
“We were able to get back in it and we made some stops,” Gertz said. “We just have to learn to move our feet and stop the penetration. Their girls were getting it and taking it right to the basket and our girls were moving away from them. McDaniels is a player. She hit 18 out of 19 free throws and you aren’t going to beat that.”
Logan trailed the entire first half but Welch had the play of the game as she crashed the boards and then flipped a no-look, over-the-shoulder shot in the lane which somehow went in, pulling LHS within 22-17 with 1:31 left until halftime.
St. Albans led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter. Williams and Napier each hit 3s for Logan during the stanza.
Logan is scheduled to return to action with Saturday night’s game at Belfry (Ky.). Logan then travels to Winfield on Feb. 15 and hosts Tolsia on Feb. 16 in the home finale.
Gertz said he doesn’t know what time Saturday’s game at Belfry is.
“We don’t know what time because they won’t answer me,” Gertz said.
LHS is then set to play in the Class AAA sectional tournament at Spring Valley High School.
AP girls basketball poll
Team Record Pts Prv
1. Morgantown (9) 18-0 90 1
2. Huntington 17-0 81 2
3. South Charleston 14-2 66 4
4. Parkersburg South 15-4 65 3
5. Greenbrier East 14-1 45 5
6. Martinsburg 12-3 42 6
7. Parkersburg 13-5 36 9
8. George Washington 11-6 24 10
9. John Marshall 13-5 10 NR
(tie) Princeton 13-4 10 NR
Others receiving votes: Buckhannon-Upshur 7, St. Albans 6, Spring Valley 6, Wheeling Park 4, Jefferson 2, Spring Mills 1.
1. Wyoming East (4) 16-1 85 1
2. Lincoln (5) 18-0 83 2
3. Summers County 17-1 64 4
4. Sissonville 14-2 60 5
5. North Marion 12-3 52 3
6. Fairmont Senior 14-4 51 6
7. Grafton 11-5 26 7
8. Wayne 14-3 24 9
9. Bluefield 13-5 19 8
10. Clay County 13-4 12 10
Others receiving votes: Frankfort 9, Roane County 4, Bridgeport 3, Westside 3.
1. Saint Joseph Central (7) 14-3 85 1
2. Gilmer County (2) 17-1 83 2
3. Tucker County 15-3 69 3
4. Williamstown 17-3 65 4
5. St. Marys 17-3 57 5
6. Fayetteville 14-3 36 6
7. Magnolia 11-6 34 7
8. Notre Dame 11-6 17 8
9. Wheeling Central 9-8 16 9
10. Bishop Donahue 13-7 15 10
Others receiving votes: Charleston Catholic 8, Madonna 5, Union Grant 2, Valley Wetzel 2, Midland Trail 1.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).