CHAPMANVILLE — Whenever Logan and Chapmanville meet up in an athletic event you can expect just about anything.
Wednesday night’s high school girls’ basketball clash between the Lady Cats and the Lady Tigers sure had its ups and downs for both teams.
But in the end it was Class AAA No. 12-ranked Logan which pulled away for a 66-36 win over the Chapmanville Regional Lady Tigers at the CRHS gym in Chapmanville.
The final score didn’t really tell the whole story.
It was quite a good game for a while.
After a slow first quarter in which Chapmanville trailed 11-1 and after enduring a nearly 11-minute drought without a bucket, the Lady Tigers came alive in the second quarter.
A late push put the Lady Cats up 30-23 at halftime.
Then it was Logan which took it to its Class AA county rival in the second half.
“This was a tremendous second half. It was a great second half of team ball,” Logan coach Kevin Gertz said. “We had outside shots, we attacked the press and that got us involved inside. Our defense was tremendous. That was the best defense that we’ve played all year. I’m real pleased with how things went tonight.”
Logan improved to 10-4 on the season with the win. Chapmanville dropped to 8-8. The Lady Cats have won four out of their last five games. The Lady Tigers are just 3-5 in their last eight contests.
Gertz had praise for his opponent and coach David Williamson.
“I know David’s team has struggled some this year but his kids played so hard just like our‘s do,” Gertz said. “These kids have grown up together and they’ve played against each other in basketball and softball. They go out there and fight but after the game they hug each other and everything is fine.”
The Lady Cats were led by sophomore guard Shayna Gore’s 28 points. She nailed three 3-pointers on the night. Logan also got 11 points from freshman center Monica Mitchell.
Hannah Tothe nailed two 3s and finished with eight points. Hannah Adkins and Summer Collins both came off the bench to tally six and five points respectively. Kyra Cline had four, while Kelsey Kirk and Hannah Kolovich netted two each.
Kristin DesRocher led Chapmanville with a 14-point effort. She canned three 3-balls on the evening. Hailey Price hit two 3s for six points, while Autumn Baisden had five and Hillary Hainer and Katelynn Hall tallied three each. Jessica Rideout and Chelcie Pritchard had two each and Savannah Wiley had one point. Hall also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
Chapmanville couldn’t buy a bucket in the first quarter as Logan led 11-1.
The lead swelled to 13-1 with a Gore layup with 7:31 to go in the second quarter.
After a pair of Hall free throws, the Lady Tigers came to life with a DesRocher 3-pointer at the 5:13 mark. It was the first Chapmanville field goal of the game, breaking a drought of 10:47.
DesRocher then connected on two more shots from 3-point territory as the Lady Tigers closed the gap to only 15-12 with 4:12 left until the half.
With 3:34 to go, Gore was whistled for a technical foul. DesRocher stepped to the line and hit both technical free throws to make it 15-14.
Then it was Price’s turn to get hot.
The Chapmanville senior reserve guard nailed two 3s from downtown, giving Chapmanville its only lead of the night at 22-21 with 1:50 to go.
The excitement was short-lived for the Lady Tigers as Logan would go on a 9-1 run to close out the second quarter, taking a 30-23 advantage at the intermission. Gore made the run happen as she hit a 3 from the wing, completed an old-fashioned three-point play and then ripped the nets for another 3 with four ticks to go.
Gertz said he was glad to see his team have a little push right before the halftime buzzer.
“We couldn’t score. We were up 13-1 and they ended up scoring 20 out of the next 27 points,” he said. “DesRocher hit three 3s and Price hit a couple of 3s. They hit five 3s in six trips. They did a heck of a job and didn’t quit. I got a little upset but I didn’t lose my cool.”
Gertz disagreed with Gore’s technical foul call for too much talking to the officials on the court but said it might have elevated her game.
“Shayna got a technical foul but, honestly, that might have turned her game around,” Gertz said. “She got a technical for something ridiculous. I got on her for getting a technical but it settled her down.”
Coach Williamson said he was unhappy with the slow start.
“It took us a while to get started. We did the same thing against Tolsia and Scott,” he said. “I just don’t know what happened in the first four minutes or so. I plead with them, I be nice and I be mean. I beg them. I go the whole 360 degrees. But in the second quarter, Kristin and Hailey really got us going.”
Williamson said Logan played a real good game.
“Kevin does a really good job of scouting us. We all know each other,” he said. “We knew the box-and-one was coming and they put it on Kristin. And we knew that Kevin was going to dare you to shoot it. We never really attacked and Monica Mitchell was in foul trouble. We would get the ball in the high post and turn away from the bucket and look to pass it. Mitchell, though, is tough in there. She’s a first-team all-state player and she will get my all-state Triple-A vote, along with Gore.”
Gore again jump-started Logan in the second half with a 3-pointer and a lay-in to make it 39-26.
Cline then split from the foul line and Tothe drilled a 3-ball as Logan built its lead at 43-26 with 2:43 left in the third.
Then it was a putback by Adkins which put the Lady Cats ahead 45-26.
Logan’s lead expanded to 48-26 after three when Collins hit a trey with just 12 ticks left.
The Lady Cats then coasted in the second half.
Three straight Mitchell hoops made it 55-30 with 5:37 remaining.
Mitchell then hit a 10-foot fade-away jumper with 4:36 remaining to give LHS a 59-32 cushion.
The 30-point final margin ended up being the largest lead of the night for the Lady Cats.
Williamson said he would have liked to have seen his players take it to the rack much more than they did.
“We were settling for too many jump shots,” he said.
The Lady Tigers return to the hardwood with Saturday afternoon’s 2 p.m. home game against Class A Tug Valley. Chapmanville then goes to Poca on Monday, Feb. 4 for a Cardinal Conference game. Then on Feb. 7 Chapmanville is set to hit the road to take on the rival Scott Lady Hawks in Madison. Scott rallied earlier in the season to beat the Lady Tigers in Chapmanville.
The Class AA sectional tourney is slated to be played this year at Logan. The No. 4/No. 5 game is set for Feb. 18 while the No. 1 seed takes on the 4/5 winner on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. The 8 p.m. nightcap has the No. 2 seed taking on No. 3. The winners of the two Feb. 20 sectional games are set to meet on Feb. 22 in the finals at 7 p.m. Both the sectional winner and runner-up will advance to the 2A regional tourney.
In Chapmanville’s sectional are Scott, Tolsia, Mingo Central and Wayne.
“We’re less than three weeks away from the sectionals,” Williamson said. “We’ve got seven games left and we’ve got Logan again.”
Logan is scheduled to return to action on Saturday at Morgantown. The Lady Cats beat the Lady Mohigans earlier in the season at home.
LHS then hosts Westside on Monday as part of a rare boys/girls doubleheader at Logan’s Willie Akers Arena. The girls’ game tips off at 7 p.m. with the Logan-Belfry (Ky.) makeup game to follow at 8:30 p.m.
“That will be a big night,” Gertz said of Monday’s doubleheader with the Logan boys.
Logan Lady Cats (10-4)
2012-13 Girls’ Basketball Schedule
Nov. 27: at Man, W 61-40
Nov. 29: South Charleston, L 48-50
Dec. 5: at Westside, L 48-64
Dec. 13: at Huntington, W 56-55
Dec. 15: Capital, W 49-31
Dec. 18: Tolsia, W 51-41
Jan. 4: Morgantown, W 64-61
Jan. 9: at South Charleston, W 47-36
Jan. 12: at Winfield, L 55-57
Jan. 14: at Tolsia, W 52-47
Jan. 17: Lincoln County, W 70-52
Jan. 25: Greenbrier East, L 52-56
Jan. 28: Man, W 72-52
Jan. 30: at Chapmanville, W 66-36
Feb. 2: at Morgantown, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 4: Westside, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 6: Spring Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8: at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 9: at Greenbrier East, 7 p.m.
Feb. 11: Winfield, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14: Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Chapmanville Lady Tigers (8-8)
2012-13 Girls’ Basketball Schedule
Dec. 4: at Wayne, W 58-38
Dec. 6: Herbert Hoover, W 78-48
Dec. 8: at Sherman, W 62-34
Dec. 11: at Tolsia, L 55-56
Dec. 13: Poca, W 49-24
Dec. 15: at Mingo Central, L 31-48
Dec. 27: vs. Keyser (at Capital City Classic at Charleston Catholic), L 43-46
Jan. 3: Wayne, W 61-32
Jan. 5: Tolsia, L 42-45
Jan. 10: Scott, L 42-45
Jan. 12: at Sissonville, L 32-47
Jan. 14: at Tug Valley, W 67-62
Jan. 16: at Herbert Hoover, W 60-50
Jan. 19: Nicholas County, L 45-52
Jan. 22: Sherman, W 52-22
Jan. 30: Logan, L 36-66
Feb. 2: Tug Valley, 2 p.m.
Feb. 4: at Poca, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7: at Scott, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 9: Mingo Central, 2 p.m.
Feb. 14: at Logan, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 16: Sissonville, 6 p.m.