CHARLESTON — Both of Logan High School’s varsity basketball teams made a good showing on Tuesday night in the Little General Stores Shootout at the Charleston Civic Center but both came away empty-handed.
The Logan girls, ranked No. 10 in the state in Class AAA, lost 76-49 to Class A No. 1 Huntington St. Joe.
The Logan boys then lost a 77-75 heartbreaker in overtime to Winfield.
The Wildcats blew a 15-point lead and fell to 7-9 on the season.
Logan led 15-12 after one quarter, 32-22 at the half and 50-42 after three. Winfield outscored the Wildcats 21-13 in the fourth to forge a 63-63 tie at the end of regulation. The Generals then outpointed the Cats 14-12 in the extra period.
Winfield (11-9) was sparked by Zach Fisher who poured in 26 points and scored the first five points in overtime. Bear Bellomy had 22 points and Brandon Wright grabbed nine rebounds for the Generals, which broke a four-game losing skid. Toby Show contributed 17 points before fouling out.
For Logan, Brynden “Worm” Street led the way with 22 points and six boards. He was a sizzling 10-for-11 shooting from the floor for 90.9 percent.
Zak Miller hit five 3-pointers and finished with 15 points. Zac Acord added 12 points and Trevor Abbott 11. Braxton Goff scored 12 points and snatched 10 rebounds for Logan, which outboarded Winfield 36-30. Alex Toler added three points.
All players and cheerleaders wore orange socks in support of leukemia awareness. Logan sophomore guard Skyler Miller has been battling the disease.
Logan was 26-for-53 shooting for the game for 49 percent. Winfield was 26-for-59 for 44 percent. The Wildcats was 15-for-25 from the free throw line. The Generals were 20-for-29 from the charity stripe.
The Wildcats are scheduled to return to action on Friday at home against Greenbrier East on 1964 Night at Willie Akers Arena. It’s the 50-year anniversary for Logan’s ‘64 state title team and Coach Willie Akers and members of his team will be honored at the game. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.
LHS then plays at Tug Valley on Saturday night, hosts Greater Beckley Christian next Monday, hosts Parkersburg next Tuesday and then goes to Capital on Feb. 27 in the finale.
Logan then plays in the Class AAA sectional tourney at Cabell Midland High School the first week of March.
In Tuesday night’s girls’ game, Logan returned to the Charleston Civic Center for the first time since marching to the 3A state championship game last March.
The Logan girls played with St. Joe for a quarter and a half and led the Irish 15-14 after one. St. Joe then buried Logan, outscoring the Lady Cats 26-9 in the second to take a 40-24 halftime lead. Both teams netted 16 points in the third as Logan trailed 56-40. A 20-9 Irish fourth then broke the game wide open.
St. Joe went 2-0 against Logan this season, also taking a 75-46 victory on Dec. 14 in Chapmanville’s Nationwide Classic.
St. Joe, the five-time defending Single-A state champs, got 28 points and seven 3-point makes from Rachel Lee. Mychal Johnson, a Notre Dame recruit, had 18 points and Griffin Dempsey 14.
Logan (11-7) committed 19 turnovers, eight more than the Irish.
Monica Mitchell led the Lady Cats with 22 points. Shanya Gore tacked on 13 points and five assists.
Kyra Cline tossed in eight points and hit two 3s. Lexi Hines had six points.
LHS was scheduled to play at Westside on Wednesday night in the regular season finale. It was Logan’s third game in three days. LHS was an 88-57 winner at home on Monday over Winfield.
The Lady Cats play Huntington on Feb. 26 in the Class AAA sectional tournament at Huntington High School. Spring Valley is the No. 1 seed.