By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
January 17, 2014
Just about everyone who follows high school basketball knew Logan High School’s Shayna Gore was nearing the all-time career scoring record at LHS.
Just how many points Gore needed, however, was a bit of a mystery.
It wasn’t a mystery for long.
Logan coach Kevin Gertz tried to keep a lid on it, only saying Gore, Logan’s 6-foot all-state junior guard, was “very close.”
Gertz said Gore would “definitely break the record sometime this week, maybe even Wednesday night.”
But in the age of social media, instant text messaging and instant news, the word leaked out rather quickly.
Gore was only 10 points away from breaking the all-time mark in Logan girls’ basketball history set by Amanda Green in the mid-2000s.
Gore surpassed Green’s record of 1,135 points in Wednesday night’s 60-27 victory at home over Belfry (Ky.) at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
She set the mark with a driving layup to the bucket with 4:06 to go until halftime and Logan leading 24-14.
It was a typical Gore basket as she dribbled and took the ball all the way in for an easy two.
But what was not typical was the way Gore did it.
She made history in a little less than two and a half years instead of a full four. Gore came onto the scene as a freshman and then helped lead the Lady Cats to the Class AAA state championship game last season.
Gore, who has already verbally committed to play collegiate ball at Marshall University, has a lot of basketball left to play this season and next year in her senior season. There will still be a lot more history left to write in the record books.
But for now, Coach Gertz said he’s glad Gore got the record so his team can move on and try and make another run in the state tournament in a couple of months.
“She’s done it a little shy of two and a half years,” Gertz said. “That’s very impressive. I’m very proud of her and I’m very proud of all of my kids. To do something like this is awfully special. I’m glad that it’s over with because it was hard to focus on the game. Everybody was worried about her getting the record. I wasn’t telling them how many points that she needed. Once that got out of the way we ended up playing some basketball and we settled down a lot more.”
Many of the fans must have been counting down from 10 as the game progressed.
Logan led Belfry 15-7 after one quarter and Gore then netted a 3-pointer at the 7:22 mark of the second quarter to make it 18-7, putting herself only a bucket away from breaking Green’s record.
A couple of minutes later, Gore pulled up and launched a 3-pointer from just to the right of the top of key. The shot was just a touch deep as it clanged high off the the back iron and the crowd sighed.
Moments later, Gore went in for a layup to get the record.
The game was stopped and Gore hugged teammate Summer Collins near the Belfry bench.
A few seconds later, assistant coach Hannah Tothe greeted Gore with a hug at midcourt. Just last March, the two etched their names in Logan basketball lore as Gore passed the ball to Tothe, who hit a dramatic last second 3-pointer as the Lady Cats upset Spring Valley, 52-49, in last year’s Class AAA state semifinals at the Charleston Civic Center.
Gertz then addressed the crowd over the PA system and Gore was given a trophy for her school record. Gore then went up into the crowd and hugged family members and friends.
“I opened my mouth and said she was 10 points away. I didn’t want it out but it did get out,” joked Gertz. “It’s a heck of an accomplishment. It was an emotional night for everybody. I’m very proud of her, but to be honest, I’m so glad that it’s over.”
Logan improved to 7-3 on the season with the win. The Lady Cats are 7-1 since a pair of losses to open up the roundball campaign.
Logan has many big games ahead in the road to Charleston, including at game at Greenbrier East on Saturday night.
Also ahead is a road game at Morgantown. Logan downed the Lady Mohigans 59-44 recently at home.
Logan also has a home-and-home series with Class AA powerhouse Westside, a second game against Greenbrier East and a second matchup with Class A No. 1 Huntington St. Joe on Feb. 18 at the Charleston Civic Center. It was St. Joe who handed Logan one of its three losses so far this season.
Logan is not scheduled to play Spring Valley a second time this season. The Lady Wolves beat Logan early in the season at home. The two teams will most likely play in the Class AAA sectional championship game in Huntington.
“We’ve got 12 games left,” Gertz said. “We’ve won seven out of our last eight which is very good. I always schedule extremely hard early on. We played South Charleston and St. Joe back-to-back and went 0-2 but we’re 7-1 since then. The only loss was at Spring Valley. We haven’t lost in the field house and that was one of our goals. I’m pleased with how things are going. I see improvement every day. We’re getting better and better every day.”
Gore also handed out 10 assists in Wednesday’s game.
Monica Mitchell and Kyra Cline tossed in nine points each for the Lady Cats. Collins had five, while Hannah Adkins and Adriana Herrera had four each. Ashton Spry netted three, while Lexi Hines. Madi Trent, Sydnee Roberts and Aarron Ward all had two each.
Belfry (7-9) was led by Emily Baker’s nine points. Jaden Cisco had eight and Paige Goff three. Candie Gilman, Crum and Robbie Brewer had two each and Kylea Stanley had one.
Logan led 15-7 after one, 29-14 at the half and 48-24 after three. The Lady Cats outscored Belfry 12-3 in the fourth.
Logan, ranked No. 7 in the state in Class AAA, was scheduled to host Lincoln County on Thursday night in a game that was flipped due to the ongoing water issues in Lincoln County and the surrounding areas. Logan is slated to play at LC later on in the season.
Logan High School Lady Cats
2013-14 Girls’ Basketball Schedule (7-3):
Dec. 11: at South Charleston, L 59-63
Dec. 14: vs. Huntington St. Joe at Chapmanville, L 46-75
Dec. 17: at Tolsia, W 74-50
Dec. 20: Huntington, W 62-54
Dec. 21: vs. Shelby Valley, Ky. (at Belfry, Ky.), W 57-55
Dec. 26: at Spring Valley, L 68-75
Dec. 30: at Chapmanville, W 53-36
Jan. 3: South Charleston, ppd.
Jan. 4: Morgantown, W 59-44
Jan. 11: Chapmanville (King Coal Classic at Logan), W 65-35
Jan. 15: Belfry (Ky.), W 60-27
Jan. 16: Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 18: at Greenbrier East, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 20: at Winfield, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 22: at Westside, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28: Tolsia, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 31: at Morgantown, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 3: Westside, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 10: Greenbrier East, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12: at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 17: Winfield, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 18: vs. Huntington St. Joe (at Charleston Civic Center), 4 p.m.