The Logan High School girls’ basketball team’s season came to an end with Wednesday night’s 65-29 loss to No. 1-ranked and top seed Huntington in the Class AAA sectional championship game at Spring Valley High School.
Logan closed out its season at 7-15.
The Lady Cats had advanced to the finals with Monday’s 43-33 sectional tournament win over Lincoln County.
Huntington improved to 21-1 on the season with the victory. The Highlanders are scheduled to face homestanding Spring Valley in Friday night’s sectional title game.
Logan stayed with Huntington early, trailing 16-7 after one quarter and then outscoring the Highlanders 16-15 in the second as Huntington led just 31-23 at halftime.
The third quarter was then a disaster for the Lady Cats as Logan was outscored 21-2 and trailed 52-25 after three. Huntington then outpointed Logan 13-4 in the fourth to set the final score.
Logan was led by 6-foot-2 senior center Monica Mitchell who scored a team-high 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double. It was the last prep game at Logan for Mitchell, an all-stater.
Britney Welch had five points for Logan, while Beth Adkins and Chelsea Napier tossed in three points each. Jamyya Knox had two and Ally Sipple, Alexis Perry and Ashton Spry had one point each.
Spry also had seven rebounds.
Logan only had two team assists for the game and were just 8-for-33 shooting from the floor for an ice-cold 24 percent. The Lady Cats were just 11-for-25 from the free throw line for 44 percent.
Jordyn Dawson paced Huntington with a game-high 27 points. She was 12-for-13 shooting from the floor for a sizzling 92 percent. She also was 92 percent from the foul line as she sank an identical 12-for-13 from the charity stripe.
Ericka Budd had 12 points and Dazha Congleton nine for Huntington.
The Highlanders made 28-of-67 shots from the field for 42 percent and sank 5-of-7 of its free throws.
Logan outrebounded HHS 36-31.
It was the last game for Logan’s other senior players Spry, Faith Damron and Brigette Duncan as well.
It was also the Logan girls’ final game as a Triple-A school — at least for the foreseeable future.
The Lady Cats drop back down to Class AA ball next season for the first time since 2008 and, following the SSAC’s realignment, will stay in the 2A ranks for four school years through the 2019-2020 season.
Next season, Logan will take part in a new Double-A sectional along with county rivals Chapmanville and Man as well as Mingo Central, Scott and Lincoln County.
Man is moving up to 2A ball next season. Lincoln County is also moving down to 2A.
Logan will also rejoin the Cardinal Conference for the 2016-17 school year with Winfield and Nitro which are also dropping to Double-A.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).