The Logan High School boys’ basketball team hope the third time is the charm.
The last two years Spring Valley has knocked off the Wildcats in the Class AAA Region 4 Section 2 tournament, including a 53-50 setback last year and a 67-58 loss two years ago.
Logan (9-12) gets another shot at the Timberwolves (6-15) as the two teams are scheduled to hook up on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Class AAA sectional semifinals at Cabell Midland High School in Ona.
Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the other semifinal, No. 1 seed Huntington (20-1), also ranked No. 1 in the state, is scheduled to face off with No. 4 seed Cabell Midland (3-20), which toppled fifth-seeded Lincoln County 46-42 on Monday night in the first-round play-in game.
Lincoln County finished with a 16-7 record.
The two semifinal winners are scheduled to meet on Friday at 7 p.m. in the sectional championship game. Both teams will then advance to the upcoming regional tourney.
Logan is the No. 2 seed, while Spring Valley is the third seed.
Heading into the sectionals, Spring Valley has won three straight games with wins over Ashland (Ky.), Cabell Midland and Winfield.
Logan and Spring Valley have not met this season.
The Wildcats go into the sectionals having lost three straight games to Wyoming East (65-49), Parkersburg (56-49) and Beckley Woodrow Wilson (59-41).
It’s been an up and down season for Logan, under first-year coach Allan Hatcher.
Barring a post-season run the Wildcats will suffer a rare losing season.
Logan had back-to-back losing seasons in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 basketball campaigns as the Cats went 8-17 and 10-13 respectively. Logan’s previous losing season was way back in 2002-03 when the Cats were 9-14. LHS has only had four losing seasons since 2000.
Logan was 13-6 last year but were upended by the Timberwolves in the sectional tourney.
The Wildcats are led by 6-foot-2 guard Kyle Porter, 6-3 guard Braxton Goff, 6-8 senior center Ben Kazee, 6-4 senior forward Augustine Chuwku-Noe, 6-4 senior forward Khalil Murphy, 6-2 junior guard Will Akers, 6-1 guard Jamal Minter, 6-4 forward Samuel Justice, 6-5 forward Dino Noe and 6-2 guard T.J. Mullins.
Top Spring Valley players include: 5-10 sophomore point guard Tre Maynard; 5-9 sophomore guard Casey Hinchman; freshman Caleb Fowler; 5-6 freshman guard Graeson Malashevich; sophomore forward Jacob Bailey; 6-5 senior center Michael Meadows; 6-0 sophomore guard Damien McBride; and 6-2 sophomore forward Daniel Perry.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).