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Lady Cats fall on the road at No. 2 Greenbrier East

By Paul Adkins Sports Editor

January 21, 2014

Chaunte McDowell had a monster game for the Greenbrier East High School girls’ basketball team as she poured in 39 points to lead the Spartans past Logan 63-57 on Saturday night at Greenbrier East.


Class AAA No. 2-ranked East improved to 10-0 on the season. Logan, ranked No. 7, dropped to 8-4.


Sydney Nunley added 11 points for the Spartans.


Lexi Hines led Logan with a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Shayna Gore tossed in 16 points.


Monica Mitchell was held to seven points. Kyra Cline tacked on nine, Summer Collins five and Hannah Kolovich two.


The game was close throughout.


After a 17-17 tie after one quarter, Logan led 31-30 at half and 45-44 after three as each squad tallied 14 points in the third stanza. The difference was in the fourth were Greenbrier East outscored the Lady Cats 19-12.


Logan’s five-game winning streak was snapped with the defeat.


East and Logan are scheduled to play each other again on Feb. 10 at LHS.


The Lady Cats were slated to hit the hardwood again on Monday at Winfield. Then on Wednesday, Logan is at Westside in a 7:30 p.m. tip.


The next home game is Jan. 28 against Tolsia.


BOYS


Wesley Christian (Ky.) 82,


Man 58


WILLIAMSON — A slow start plagued the Man High School boys’ basketball team during the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout against Wesley Christian Academy (Ky.) on Saturday.


The Hillbillies dug themselves an early 36-point first half deficit and fell to the Wesley Christian Academy Circuit Riders, 82-54, in the 11th-annual Hatfield-McCoy Shootout at the Williamson Memorial Fieldhouse.


The Circuit Riders, a member of the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association, shot 51.7 percent from the floor to improve to 21-6 on the season. Man finished at 40.3 percent from the floor, but the damage was done in the first half when Wesley Christian made 20-of-32 shots overall and 5-of-10 from 3-point range while holding the Hillbillies to just nine field goals on 24 attempts.


Josh Amuzu led Wesley Christian with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Malik McDonald added 19 points connecting on 5-of-9 3-point attempts. Thomas Hall had 15 and Abraham Oayebuchi 14 for the Circuit Riders. Corey Dalton had seven, Colton Caldwell four and Devein Kendrick two to round out the scoring for Wesley Christian.


Sophomore John Thomas Keffer led Man with 23 points. He made 10-of-23 attempts and connected on 3-of-11 3-point attempts. Jake Adkins added 15 points and eight rebounds to join Keffer in double figures. No other Hillbilly scored in double figures after three did in Man’s win over Montcalm.


Daniel Buchanon finished with six points while Rodney Morgan and Marquel Brown each had five, Erik Files three and Cayce Mullins one.


McDonald knocked down his first two 3-pointers to help Wesley to an 11-3 lead before Man answered with back-to-back baskets from Buchanon and Keffer to trim the deficit to 11-7.


It would as close as the Hillbillies would get as the Circuit Riders closed the quarter on a 16-3 run to lead 27-10 after one quarter. The lead would balloon to 36 points in the second quarter before Wesley Christian settled for a 56-23 halftime lead.


The Circuit Riders extended its lead to 39 points with an 8-1 run to start the third quarter, but Man answered with an 18-2 run to trim the deficit to 65-42 after three quarters. The Hillbillies would score the first five points of the fourth quarter to cut it to 18, but could get no closer as the Circuit Riders outscored the Hillbillies 17-16 in the final quarter for the 28-point victory.


Man returns to action Wednesday night at Tug Valley before returning home to host Class A No. 1 Huntington St. Joe on Friday night.


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Hatfield-McCoy Shootout


At Williamson Field House


Saturday’s results


Phelps (Ky.) 82, Hannan 56


Ripley 72, Pike Central (Ky.) 42


Wesley Christian (Ky.) 82, Man 58


East Ridge (Ky.) 72, Tolsia 42


Hurricane 69, Greater Beckley Christian 60


Sheldon Clark (Ky.) 51, Tug Valley 39


South Charleston 75, Knott County (Ky.) 71


Mingo Central 59, Belfry (Ky.) 58


— Report your scores to Logan Banner Sports Editor Paul Adkins. He can be reached by e-mail at: www.padkins@civitasmedia.com