Lady Cats fall in road showdown at Spring Valley

By Paul Adkins Sports Editor

December 29, 2013

SPRING VALLEY — It was a heck of a rematch between the Logan and Spring Valley high school girls’ basketball teams on Thursday night.

In the end it was Spring Valley which toppled the Lady Cats, winning 75-68, at Spring Valley High School.

The game was a rematch of last year’s Class AAA state tourney semifinals, which was won by Logan 52-49.

Spring Valley, ranked No. 2 in the state, has won three out of the last four meetings between the two schools, also winning at Logan last season and in addition knocking off the Lady Cats in last year’s Class AAA sectional finals by one point.

No. 6-ranked Logan trailed 15-3 early and fought back, eventually building a five-point lead in the second half.

Spring Valley (7-0) then countered and downed the Lady Cats (3-3) down the stretch.

Logan was led by Shayna Gore, a Marshall recruit, who poured in 21 points and dished out 10 assists despite being in foul trouble. She drilled five 3-pointers on the night.

Lexi Hines also reached double digits in scoring for Logan with 16 points. Monica Mitchell had another double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds.

Kyra Cline finished with 10 points for Logan. Summer Collins had four points. Ashton Spry had two.

Madi Morris, who is also headed to play collegiately at Marshall along with Gore, led Spring Valley with a game-high 28 points. Cassidy Lemmons had 15 points and four treys while Sarah Kelly had 14 and Brooke Heck 10.

Logan was 14-for-18 from the free throw line while Spring Valley was 19-for-25.

Lady Cats’ coach Kevin Gertz said he was proud of the way his team played. Logan was down just two points at the half.

“I told the girls, ‘Do you honestly think that we’re playing a great game?” Gertz said after the game. “They said no. I told them that we weren’t playing bad but we were not playing a great game at this point but we were down just two points against arguably the best team in the state in their gym. I told them to just take their time in breaking this press. But I’m proud of my kids. To come in here and to play a seasoned team like this and with two minutes to go it was just a two point game is great. My kids never quit and I’m so proud of them. We will grow from this and we will get better.”

Gertz said his team will grow from the loss.

“I don’t care where we are at on December the 26th. I care where we are at in mid to late February and early March,” he said. “We played a heck of a ballgame against a great team. We will watch the film and we will figure out a way to beat them. That’s what I’m going to preach to my kids. I’m proud of them. We didn’t win but we played a heck of a game and they’ve got nothing to hang their heads about.”

Logan trimmed the first-quarter deficit from 12 points to just two at 19-17 after a Gore layup.

It was 24-19 Spring Valley after one quarter of play.

Logan cut it to one at 24-23 with a Cline jumper and stayed within one after a bucket by Mitchell.

With 5:59 left until halftime Mitchell nailed a free throw to tie it up at 26.

Hines later tied the game at 31 with a hoop.

Lemmons later hit a 3 to make it 40-33 late in the second quarter.

It was 41-39 Spring Valley at the half. Hines had 13 points at the break and was 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

Then in the third quarter, a 3-pointer by Gore put Logan ahead 42-41 for the first time in the ballgame. Gore would hit another trey to put the Lady Cats ahead by four points. Then it was a triple by Cline which made it 52-48 in favor of Logan.

Logan led 52-50 after three quarters before Spring Valley took charge in the final stanza.

The Lady Cats would push the lead to 55-50, however, after another 3-pointer by Gore.

The Lady Wolves then went on an 8-0 run to regain the lead at 58-55. Then it was 63-57 after a 3-pointer by Kelly. Spring Valley would make it 65-57 after a basket by Heck.

Logan would trim the deficit to 65-61 with a Collins layup.

Spring Valley then put the game away at 72-63 with a minute to go after a three-point play by Morris.

Spring Valley coach Bo Miller said it was a good win for his team.

“It won’t be the last time we will play Logan this season,” Miller said after the game. “They’re good and they’re going to get better. It’s good for us to play a team of this caliber because it will make us better come February and March.”

The Lady Cats are scheduled to return to action on Monday at county rival Chapmanville. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

Logan is then slated to return home on Jan. 3 with a home game against South Charleston. Then on Jan. 4 LHS plays host to Morgantown.

The Lady Cats then have a rematch with Chapmanville on Jan. 11 at Logan’s King Coal Classic in a 2 p.m. tip time.