Over the years the Logan High School boys’ basketball team has dominated the series with Lincoln County.
Even with Lincoln County riding a three-game winning streak most people expected a blowout win by the Wildcats on Tuesday night when the two teams met at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
A rout was indeed what transpired as Logan ran away with a 59-35 victory over Lincoln County.
Logan (4-5) snapped a two-game losing skid with the win over the Class AAA sectional rival Panthers.
The Wildcats jumped on top 16-3 after the first quarter and held Lincoln County to just nine points at the half as Logan led 32-9.
The mismatch was well underway.
Logan coach Mark Hatcher then went deep in his bench as the Wildcats coasted in the second half, leading 44-22 after three and outscoring the Panthers 15-13 in the fourth period.
Twelve different Logan players reached the scorebooks in the game. All 17 dressed Logan players saw action.
Zak Miller, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, paced the Wildcats with 12 points. All of his points came on four 3-pointers — three of which came in the first half as Logan built a commanding 23-point lead.
Jalen Cook netted eight points for Logan, while Alex Toler and Zac Acord had seven points apiece. Brynden “Worm” Street had six, Donnie Toppings and Brenton Vance tossed in four each and Khalil Murphy and Ryan Miller tallied three points each. Braxton Goff and Trevor Abbott had two each and Seth Barker one.
Schylar Kelley led the Panthers with nine points.
“It was nice to come out and jump out there pretty good and get a good lead,” Coach Hatcher said after the game. “I was really happy that we played pretty good defense. Our man-to-man was good. We did a good job of getting in front of their shooters. They are a young team and we’re a young team and it was good to play a lot of players tonight.”
Zak Miller gave Logan a boost at the beginning of the game with back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 6-2.
Then after a Street drive to the hoop and a layup, the Wildcats led 12-2.
Miller’s third 3-pointer pushed the margin to 15-2 with 2:22 to go in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Logan’s lead continued to grow.
After a 3 by Toler, an Acord layin and a 17-footer from the wing by Toler made it 25-7 with 2:32 left until the half.
Abbott then scored on an inside bucket and Toppings added another field goal on a putback as Logan led 29-9 with 1:08 to go.
Ryan Miller’s 3-pointer with 30 seconds left then gave the Cats a 32-9 halftime cushion.
In the third quarter, Zak Miller’s fourth and final trey pushed the margin to 35-12.
A bucket by Goff later made it 40-16.
Logan led by 22 after three and expanded the lead to 50-26 after back-to-back makes from beyond the 3-point arc by Cook.
The Wildcats led by as many as 28 points late in the game.
Logan is scheduled to get back into action on Friday night at Greenbrier East. The Spartans enter the game with an 8-2 record and five-game winning streak.
Greenbrier East last played on Saturday, winning 66-30 at Fluvanna (Va.). During the span, the Spartans have also beat Shady Spring (72-62), Liberty Christian Academy (54-50), Beckley (72-62) and Bluefield (67-52).
Logan High School Wildcats
2013-14 Boys’ Basketball Schedule (4-5):
Dec. 12: at Hurricane, L 63-78
Dec. 14: vs. Scott (at Chapmanville), W 52-47
Dec. 21: vs. St. Albans (at GW), L 64-68 (OT)
Dec. 28: Cabell Midland, W 63-48
Dec. 30: George Washington, L 48-68
Jan. 4: Nitro, W 69-27
Jan. 10: at Westside, L 68-90
Jan. 11: Point Pleasant (King Coal Classic at Logan), L 58-62
Jan. 14: Lincoln County, W 59-35
Jan. 17: at Greenbrier East, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 21: at Tug Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25: Greater Beckley Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27: at Huntington, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 30: Belfry, Ky., 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 4: at Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 7: at Point Pleasant, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8: Westside, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15: Tug Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 18: vs. Winfield (at Charleston Civic Center), 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22: Greenbrier East, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25: Parkersburg, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 27: at Capital, 7:30 p.m.