By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
January 1, 2014
CHAPMANVILLE — Both the Logan and Chapmanville girls’ basketball teams seemed to take away something from Monday’s county clash at Chapmanville Regional High School’s Danny Godby Gymnasium.
Ultimately, it was the Logan High School Lady Cats which came away with a 53-36 victory to improve to 4-3 on the season.
For Logan, the Lady Cats were able to get a win over a county rival in a hard fought game before a good boys’ game like crowd.
The Lady Cats proved they are not a two-trick pony with all-staters Monica Mitchell and Shayna Gore as junior guard Kyra Cline ripped the nets for 18 points — all coming from 3-point land — as she was a sizzling 6-for-9 shooting from beyond the arc for 66.7 percent.
For Chapmanville (4-2), a Double-A team, the Lady Tigers showed they could compete with Class AAA Logan, a squad expected to challenge again for the state championship in March. With a tough, mostly Cardinal Conference schedule ahead, Chapmanville’s braintrust feels the team must play top-notch teams like Logan if it wants to advance in post-season play in a couple of months.
All in all, it was a good showing for both teams, although both squads had trouble finding the mark as Chapmanville was only 13-for-44 shooting from the floor for 29.5 percent. The Lady Cats weren’t a whole lot better at 16-for-51 from the floor for 31.4 percent.
Logan led CRHS 11-10 after one quarter, 28-17 at the half and then pulled away, outscoring the Lady Tigers 15-8 in the third to grab a commanding 43-25 lead. Logan then coasted in the fourth quarter.
With many tough games ahead, Logan coach Kevin Gertz said it was a good win for his team, which made statewide headlines last season by marching all the way to the Class AAA state championship game. The goal is the same for the Lady Cats this season and a difficult game against a county rival like Chapmanville should help Logan in the Road to Charleston.
Chapmanville was able to hold Mitchell to 10 points. Gore finished with 16 points and was 6-for-7 from the foul line. Kristin DesRocher paced the Lady Tigers with 13 points.
“Any win is a good win, especially when it’s on the road,” Gertz said. “Chapmanville played very well tonight and played great team defense. Offensively, I think that we were a little stale. They played a lot of different junk defenses on us tonight and we have to learn to play against that. We’re not even close to where we want to be at but we’re getting better every game. This was a good test.”
Gertz praised Cline’s shooting. One of her three misses was from NBA range, around 23 feet out.
“She shot very well,” he said of Cline. “She was feeling it. She’s a very streaky shooter. When she gets on those good streaks she is great. She’s worked so hard and I’m glad to see her step up in the last two or three games and has got back in the scoring part of her game because we need her to score.”
Lexi Hines started for the first time this season and tallied eight points for Logan. She was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Logan was 13-for-18 as a team. Chapmanville made 8-of-16 of its charity tosses.
“She has scored for us,” Gertz said of Hines, who earlier in the season scored the game winning shot in a win over Shelby Valley (Ky.) in the Belfry (Ky.) tourney. “Summer Collins and Kolo (Hannah Kolovich) have been great for us. She’s as heck of a defender. Hannah Adkins has done a great job too. I’m trying to ease her in because she’s been out with a bad knee. She went down again tonight but she said, ‘I’m fine.’ She is getting more healthy.”
Adkins added one point for Logan.
In addition to Adkins’ knee problems this season the Lady Cats have also had some injuries to some of their reserves.
Aarron Ward has been out most of the season with an eye problem, Gertz said.
“She’s got a problem with one of her eyes,” Gertz said when asked about Ward. “We’re hoping she can make it back. She hasn’t played a game this year. She has a depth perception problem with one of her eyes. It’s really affecting her. Madi Trent has also not played this year. She’s hurt but we hope to get her back in the next week or so. Adriana Herrera got back tonight and she had been out for two or three weeks. We’ve been hurt and we’re trying to get healthy.”
Chapmanville coach David Williamson said his team made a game of it but the cold shooting — the Lady Tigers’ bugaboo this season so far — was just too much to overcome.
“It’s pick your poison with Logan,” Williamson said. “We can’t play them straight man or zone. Kyra Cline is a good 3-point shooter but I thought we did a pretty good job on Monica. That was out focus but Kyra hit six 3’s. People say, ‘Logan’s loaded, get them off the schedule.’ No, we want tough games. We have three sophomores and two freshmen who play along with one senior, DesRocher, who starts. It’s early and we’re 4-2. A game like this will prepare us for the long haul. They (Logan) are good. Shayna’s Division I. Monica is Division I and if Kyra hits shots like that she can play for anybody. They are tough to beat.”
Chapmanville also got six points each from Abby Marcum and Shian Meeks, three each from Lexi Martin and Hillary Hainer, two apiece from Codi Conley and Taylor Manns and one point from Autumn Blankenship.
Logan outrebounded Chapmanville by only one at 31-30.
“We got beat by 17 points but we have to score more than 36 points,” Williamson said. “Shooting 29 percent was just too much to overcome.”
Chapmanville led a few times early, taking a 9-7 edge at the 2:07 mark of the first quarter after a 3-pointer by DesRocher.
Blankenship put CRHS on top 10-9 with a split from the foul line.
Logan went up for good, 11-10 after one with an inside hoop by Mitchell.
In the second quarter, the Lady Cats put some distance between the two teams by going on a 12-4 run to take a 23-14 lead. Cline finished off the run with a 3-pointer. Gore also drained a 3 during the spurt.
Another trifecta by Cline gave Logan a 28-17 lead at the break.
It was more Lady Cats in the third quarter.
Cline’s 3 — her fifth of the night — gave LHS a 31-17 lead early in the third.
Marcum later kept Chapmanville in it after sinking a 10-foot shot at the 3:39 mark as LHS led 34-21. Gore then came right back with an 18-footer.
Gore then passed to Mitchell on a fast break layup at the buzzer as Logan led 43-25 after three.
In the fourth, Cline canned her sixth trey of the night to make it 46-25 Logan with 6:23 left in the game.
Then with 1:54 left, Gore put the finishing touches on the victory with a 3-ball.
Gertz then emptied his bench as did Coach Williamson in conceding defeat.
Logan returns to action on Friday night at home against South Charleston. Then on Saturday at 2 p.m., Logan hosts Morgantown, another state power.
Five basketball games are on tap at Logan’s Willie Akers Arena on Saturday. The Logan-Morgantown girls’ JV game begins the day with a noon tipoff. The two varsity teams follow at 2. Then at 4 p.m., the Logan freshmen boys take on Nitro. Then at 5:45, the Logan JV boys play Nitro. The two teams then play the varsity game at 7:30 p.m.
“We’ve got two very tough top 10 teams coming in Friday and Saturday,” Gertz said.
The Lady Tigers host Wayne on Thursday night in a Cardinal Conference game. Tip time is 7:30 p.m. On Saturday at 1 p.m., Chapmanville plays Summers County at the Charleston Catholic Shootout.
Then next week, CRHS hosts Sissonville on Jan. 9 before having a rematch at Logan on Jan. 11 in Logan’s all-day King Coal Classic.
“It doesn’t get any easier,” Williamson said.