CHARLESTON — It was Take Two for the Logan High School girls’ basketball team on Tuesday afternoon at the Charleston Civic Center.
Thanks to Class AA No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Wyoming East calling and canceling its game with the Chapmanville Regional High School girls in the Little General Shootout in the Big House, the Lady Tigers didn’t have anyone to play.
Due to inclement weather, especially downstate, school was called off in Wyoming County, which reportedly has a no school, no play rule.
The Lady Tigers needed a game and someone to play.
Logan called and the match was made.
The Lady Cats had just played on Monday in the Shootout, falling 63-52 to St. Albans at the Civic Center, the home of the yearly boys and girls state basketball tournament.
On Tuesday, Logan had a second chance to play in the multi-game tournament in the Capitol City and lost to Chapmanville 49-44 as the Lady Tigers took the season series 2-1.
The county rival Lady Cats and Lady Tigers had split in two previous meetings with Logan winning 59-56 on Dec. 2 at CRHS in the season opener and falling 57-44 on Jan. 4 at home to Chapmanville.
The Lady Tigers (10-8) had a balanced scoring attack as Abby Marcum led the way with 12 points and eight rebounds. Shian Meeks tossed in 11 points and had seven rebounds and three assists. NeNe Osborne finished with nine points and four assists.
Lexi Martin also had six points, Kaylee Blair five and Taylor Manns four.
Madison Webb had two points and 10 rebounds for Chapmanville.
Logan (4-14) was led again by senior center Monica Mitchell’s 18 points and nine rebounds. She was 10-for-11 from the free throw line.
Ally Sipple drained three 3-pointers and had nine points. Beth Adkins had six points and Britney Welch five. Jamyya Knox contributed two points, five assists and four steals. Ashton Spry and Kaileah Williams netted two points apiece.
Chapmanville outrebounded Logan 39-29 and made 17-of-44 shots from the floor for 38.6 percent. CRHS was 11-for-20 from the foul line for 55 percent.
The Lady Cats were just 14-for-49 from the field for 28.6 percent. Logan made 10-of-13 of its free throws for 76.9 percent.
CRHS coach David Williamson said he got a call from one of two two tournament Game Directors, former Logan boys’ coach Mark Hatcher, earlier in the day. Williamson said this is his last year coaching the Lady Tigers and said he wanted to coach in the “Big House” at least one more time.
“Mark Hatcher called and said, ‘We don’t know if we have a game for you.’ We were supposed to play Wyoming East but they have a no-school, no-play policy. He said, ‘It’s going to have to be Logan if you want to play,” Williamson said. “We said, ‘We want to play in the Civic Center and the girls’ want to play too.’ This is my last year coaching and I wanted to play here at least one more time.”
Williamson led CRHS to the 2011 Class AA state tournament on the same Civic Center floor.
“It’s just my time and this is my last year coaching,” he said.
Chapmanville led 14-12 after one quarter and 24-19 at the half. The game was tied at 35 after three.
In the fourth, the Lady Tigers made their move.
Logan’s Welch tied it at 40 with a 3 with 3:26 left in the game.
Chapmanville then went up 42-40 with a pair of Meeks free throws with 3:02 left. Two Webb free throws made it 46-42 before Mitchell’s pair of foul shots cut it back to 46-44 with 1:23 to go.
Meeks then hit two more foul shots with 1:11 left as the Lady Tigers pulled ahead 48-44. Blair then put it away by splitting from the line with 22.3 ticks to go.
“It was a good team win,” Williamson said. “These teams know each other and nothing is going to surprise you.”
Coach Williamson said Mitchell was tough to handle.
“She’s just a beast,” he said. “She was 10-for-11 from the foul line but I thought that we did a decent job on her. I told her after the game that she’s had a heck of a career. She can definitely play college ball. Whoever the coach is next year at Chapmanville we’re going to be in the same section.”
Marcum gave the Lady Tigers a spark early on as she nailed four jump shots from 15 to 19 feet out. The last hoop gave CRHS an 11-6 lead.
“She got us going and it was really the first time all year that we really got things going in the first quarter,” Williamson said.
Sipple sparked Logan in the third quarter as she drilled three straight 3-point shots to put Logan on top 30-27 with 4:29 to go. Osborne later tied it at 33 with a 19-foot jump shot. Marcum’s 17-foot baseline jumper then tied it at 35 after three quarters of play.
“Sipple hit all of those shots and I had to call timeout,” Williamson said.
Logan went 0-2 in the Shootout.
“It was a great game and it went down to the wire again,” Logan coach Kevin Gertz said. “Our last five or six games have gone like that. Today, we got outscrapped. No doubt about it. We have the size advantage and they outrebounded us by 10. Late in the game you have to slow down and execute and they did a better job than us with that. I’m proud of our effort.”
Coach Gertz said Logan got the call at 10 o’clock in the morning that Chapmanville needed someone to play at the Civic Center. They agreed to come up to Charleston to play.
“We didn’t know until late. Our girls are buying into the effort and giving their best shot,” Gertz said. “We have to find a way to knock down some shots at the end to pull these kinds of games out. We’re so young but down the road we have a chance to get back here (at the state tournament) multiple times.”
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.
LHS is then set to play in the Class AAA sectional tournament at Spring Valley High School.
The Chapmanville girls are slated to play Thursday night at Scott. The Lady Tigers are then at Sherman on Feb. 15 in a makeup game. CRHS hits the road again at Sissonville on Feb. 16 before closing out the regular season Feb. 18 at home against Mingo Central.
The Lady Tigers will likely play Tolsia in the Class AA sectionals at Logan.
Mingo Central 39
RED JACKET — The Chapmanville girls won 52-39 at Mingo Central on Monday in a Cardinal Conference makeup game.
The Lady Tigers improved to 6-5 in the conference and 9-8 overall.
Lexi Martin led Chapmanville with 12 points. Madison Webb had 10 points and three assists, while Abby Marcum had 10 points. Shian Meeks pitched in seven points and had four steals, while Kaylee Blair had six points and nine boards.
Taylor Manns had four points. NeNe Osborne contributed two points and four steals. Richelle Thompson chipped in with one point.
The Miners were paced by Tyra Joplin and Shylah Goff who had 14 and 10 points respectively.
Chapmanville made 17-of-45 shots from the floor and sank 16-for-20 from the free throw line.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).