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With less than three weeks to go in the regular season the Logan High School boys’ basketball team continued their downward trend with Monday night’s 82-67 loss at No. 3-ranked and sectional foe Huntington in a makeup game.


Logan played well and fought hard against the Highlanders but lost its third straight game and fell to 6-9 with the loss. The Wildcats have lost four out of their last six games.


Huntington, likely the top seed for the upcoming Class AAA sectional tourney, won its eighth straight game and improved to 16-2.


It was the first and only meeting this season between the Wildcats and the Highlanders. The teams have played three straight years in the sectional championship game with Logan winning in 2011 and 2012 and HHS taking the crown last year.


The sectionals, set to be played at Huntington, are slated to start on March 1. The semifinals are March 4 with the finals on March 7. Also in the sectional are Spring Valley (7-5), Cabell Midland (3-12), Lincoln County (3-11).


The play-in game on March 1 between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds will likely pit Cabell Midland and Lincoln County. With Huntington the projected No. 1 seed that would mean Logan would open the sectionals with Spring Valley in the 2/3 matchup.


Logan trailed by double digits for most of the game but cut the deficit to under 10 at 69-61 with less than three minutes to go after a Kareem Clansy 3-pointer.


A double technical foul was call on Logan’s Zak Miller and Huntington’s Tavian Dunn-Martin after the two exchanged words.


Huntington then scored 13 straight points to make it a 82-61 ballgame, putting the Cats out of reach.


Brynden “Worm” Street led Logan with 21 points as he scored 19 of those in the second half as the Wildcats made a game of it. Street also pulled down 13 boards.


Arick Nicks, a who received his McDonald’s All-American nomination earlier in the day, led Huntington with 25 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. The 6-foot-4 senior was 8-for-12 from the floor and was 9-for-9 from the free throw line.


Freshman guard Dunn-Martin paced Huntington with a game-high 26 points. Chancellor Wooding had 13.


Miller scored 12 for Logan — all coming on four 3-point shots. Braxton Goff had 13. Clansy added eight, Zac Acord six, Trevor Abbott four and Alex Toler three.


The Highlanders were 27-for-50 shooting from the floor for 54 percent. HHS was a red-hot 9-for-15 from 3-point land for 60 percent. Huntington was also 17-for-20 (85 percent) from the foul line.


Huntington outrebounded LHS 30-24.


Logan is scheduled to get back into action on Saturday night at home against Class A Tug Valley in a makeup game.


Logan is then set to play Winfield on Feb. 18 at the Charleston Civic Center in the Little General Stores Shootout at the Big House before hosting Greenbrier East on Feb. 21 on 1964 Night at Willie Akers Arena. The Cats are then at Tug Valley on Feb. 22 in another makeup game before hosting Greater Beckley Christian on Feb. 24 in still another makeup game.


LHS closes out the regular season Feb. 25 at home against Parkersburg and Feb. 27 at Capital.


* The Logan girls (10-6), ranked No. 8 in the state this week, had its home game on Monday night with No. 2 Greenbrier East (15-1) cancelled due to weather.


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Boys Basketball Poll


The Associated Press high school boys basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:


Class AAA


Team Rec Pts Prv


1. Washington (10) 13-0 100 1


2. South Charleston 14-1 88 2


3. Huntington 16-2 76 3


4. Woodrow Wilson 12-2 75 T4


5. Hedgesville 10-3 47 7


6. Greenbrier East 12-4 46 T4


7. Capital 9-3 44 6


8. Wheeling Park 11-4 28 9


9. Martinsburg 11-4 17 8


10. George Washington 11-4 11 NR


Others receiving votes: Musselman 8, Hurricane 4, Parkersburg South 3, Preston 1, Winfield 1, Lewis County 1.


Class AA


Team Rec Pts Prv


1. Robert C. Byrd (10) 15-0 100 1


2. Poca 14-1 84 3


3. Bluefield 13-2 79 4


4. Wyoming East 11-3 71 5


5. Westside 11-3 65 2


6. Petersburg 12-2 41 8


7. Bridgeport 10-5 35 6


8. Chapmanville 12-4 32 7


9. Scott 10-5 17 NR


10. Roane County 13-4 12 NR


Others receiving votes: Fairmont Senior 10, Nicholas County 3, Liberty Raleigh 1.


Class A


Team Rec Pts Prv


1. Saint Joseph Central (5) 15-1 93 1


2. Notre Dame (4) 13-2 92 2


3. Wheeling Central 13-2 77 4


4. Greater Beckley Christian 10-4 57 5


5. Tucker County 11-2 52 6


6. Valley Fayette (1) 13-1 46 8


7. Magnolia 9-5 43 3


8. Charleston Catholic 10-5 39 7


9. Gilmer County 14-3 17 NR


10. Bishop Donahue 10-4 16 10


Others receiving votes: Clay-Battelle 10, Madonna 5, Tug Valley 2, Pendleton County 1.


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Girls Basketball Poll


The Associated Press high school girls basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:


Class AAA


Team Rec Pts Prv


1. Parkersburg South (10) 16-0 100 1


2. Greenbrier East 15-1 84 2


3. Spring Valley 15-3 75 5


4. University 14-3 66 3


5. Huntington 16-3 64 4


6. Martinsburg 12-3 42 6


7. Morgantown 11-7 29 9


8. Logan 10-6 22 8


9. South Charleston 13-3 21 NR


10. Cabell Midland 9-4 18 7


(tie)St. Albans 13-4 18 NR


Others receiving votes: Preston 7, Nitro 3, Spring Mills 1.


Class AA


Team Rec Pts Prv


1. Fairmont Senior (7) 14-1 95 2


2. Summers County (1) 15-1 86 1


3. Westside (2) 12-2 82 3


4. North Marion 15-2 68 4


5. Sissonville 13-2 50 5


6. Clay County 15-3 43 7


7. Lincoln 12-2 35 6


8. PikeView 11-3 32 10


9. Keyser 16-1 28 9


10. Scott 11-5 17 8


Others receiving votes: Herbert Hoover 9, Ravenswood 5.


Class A


Team Rec Pts Prv


1. Saint Joseph Central (10) 16-3 100 1


2. St. Marys 17-0 90 2


3. Gilmer County 15-4 71 3


4. Tucker County 10-4 67 4


5. Pocahontas County 11-4 57 6


6. Wheeling Central 9-7 50 5


7. Charleston Catholic 12-4 46 8


8. Trinity 9-5 24 7


9. Magnolia 10-6 17 9


10. Tygarts Valley 10-5 10 10


Others receiving votes: Meadow Bridge 8, Williamstown 5, Fayetteville 3, Buffalo 2.


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