Nothing is a given when it comes to post-season tournament time.
The Logan High School boys’ basketball team has advanced past the sectional tournament almost every time in recent years with the only hiccup coming in 2009 when the Wildcats lost to Cabell Midland in the Class AAA section tourney which was then played at the old Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse in Huntington.
After winning the Class AAA state championship in 2010, led by a pair of transfers in Noah Cottrill and Paul Herbert Williamson, Logan advanced to state in 2011 and 2012 but lost in the opening round.
Last year, Logan almost made it back to Charleston again.
Despite an 8-17 record, Logan nearly punched yet another trip to the state tournament but the Wildcats ended up seeing its season come to a close with a 64-58 overtime loss at Hurricane in the Class AAA regional co-championship game at Hurricane High School’s cracker-box-like gym.
Last year, Logan got past Spring Valley 76-71 in the sectional semifinals to advance. A 49-36 loss to Huntington in the sectional championship game put LHS on the road at Hurricane where the Redskins advanced to state and ended Logan’s season.
Fast forward to this year and it’s Logan and Spring Valley again.
The Timberwolves, which only won a handful of games last season, are much improved however.
Logan (10-12) and Spring Valley (15-7) are scheduled to play on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in one of the two Region 4 Section 2 semifinals at Cabell Midland High School in Barboursville. Wednesday’s other semifinal at 6 p.m. pits No. 1 seed and fifth-ranked Huntington (17-4) against either Cabell Midland (4-18) or Lincoln County (6-14).
The winner of the section championship will host a Class AAA, Region 4 final March 11 against the runner-up of Class AAA Region 4 Section 1 while the loser of that contest will travel to the Section 1 winner’s home court on the same night to play in the other Class AAA Region 4 final.
The Wildcats and Spring Valley did not meet during the regular season.
The Timberwolves, coached by Steve Morrison, are on a hot streak heading into the sectionals as Spring Valley went 7-1 in its last eight games.
Spring Valley began the streak with a 52-27 win over Ironton, Ohio, then won 81-72 over Capital before taking a 71-65 victory at Winfield and a 61-50 win at Nitro. Spring Valley then won 85-76 at Fairland, Ohio and took a convincing 95-55 win at home over Cabell Midland.
The T-Wolves then lost 75-65 at Riverside and closed out the regular season on a good note with a 77-75 win at home over Parkersburg.
Spring Valley is led by 6-foot-1 senior guard Austin Keyser, who hit the game winning shot with 10 seconds left in the Parkersburg game. He finished the game with 19 points.
The Timberwolves also have Jacob Kilgore, a 6-4 junior forward, who netted 22 points against the Big Reds. Josh Steele, a 6-1 senior foward, had 20 points.
Spring Valley has size in the middle with 6-9 senior center Tucker Meade, who had seven points against Parkersburg. Jacob Kilgore, a 6-4 junior forward had nine points.
Logan has had an up-and-down basketball campaign.
It’s been a crazy season in southern West Virginia with postponements and cancellations due to an unusually cold and snowy winter.
Logan has played better in the stretch drive of the season, going 4-3 and beating ranked teams Tug Valley (47-46), Greenbrier East (73-69) and Greater Beckley Christian (68-60). The Wildcats also played well in a 77-75 OT loss to regional foe Winfield at the Charleston Civic Center and narrowly lost 49-46 at Tug Valley in a road matchup against the Panthers which have won two straight state titles in Class AA and Class A.
Logan closed out the regular season with a 59-48 Senior Night win at home over Parkersburg and an 83-64 loss at Capital.
The Wildcats are led by 6-2 senior forward Brynden Street, who averages 12.8 points a game. Senior guard Zak Miller averages 11.2 points per contest. Zac Acord, a junior guard, checks in at 11.7 points a game.
Freshman guard Braxton Goff (6.8 ppg), senior forward Trevor Abbott (6.0) and sophomore guard Kareem Clansy (3.2) have also been key for the Cats this season.
Street has made 103-of-189 shots from the floor this season for 54 percent and leads Logan’s in rebounding with 163 boards. He also leads the teams in blocked shots with 19. Street and Acord leads Logan in steals with 22.
Acord leads the Cats in assists with 57.
Miller is Logan’s top 3-point threat as he has drilled 66-of-181 shots from behind the 3-point arc for 36 percent. Acord is 28-for-71 from 3-point land for 39 percent.
Acord is also 40-for-52 from the free throw line for 77 percent.
As a team, however, the Wildcats are only 239-for-380 from the free throw line for 63 percent.
Logan is hitting 36 percent of its 3-point attempts as the Cats have made 156-of-432 of its shots. From 2-point range, Logan is 317-for-716 for 44 percent.
The Wildcats are averaging 63.9 points a game and have an overall field goal percentage of 41.
Logan is hoping to beat Spring Valley and advance to a possible rematch with Huntington in Friday night’s sectional finals. The Cats lost 82-67 at Huntington in the only meeting between the two teams this season.
Logan beat the Highlanders 64-45 in the 2012 sectional finals. LHS then toppled Winfield (59-50) in the regional co-final before losing to Martinsburg (63-50) in the 3A state tourney to finish with a 17-9 record.
In 2011, Logan also downed Huntington in the sectional title game, 61-58. The Wildcats then went on to defeat Winfield (71-52) in the regionals before losing to Morgantown (64-48) in the first round of the state tourney to close out 15-11.
Logan Coach Mark Hatcher was unavailable for comment.
Logan High School Wildcats
2013-14 Boys’ Basketball Schedule (10-12):
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, L 64-81
Jan. 30: Belfry, Ky., W 82-66
Feb. 4: at Lincoln County, W 83-47
Feb. 7: at Point Pleasant, L 67-73
Feb. 8: Westside, L 66-89
Feb. 10: at Huntington, L 67-82
Feb. 15: Tug Valley, W 47-46
Feb. 18: vs. Winfield (at Charleston Civic Center), L 75-77 (OT)
Feb. 21: Greenbrier East (1964 Night), W 73-69
Feb. 22: at Tug Valley, L 46-49
Feb. 24: Greater Beckley Christian, W 68-60
Feb. 25: Parkersburg, W 59-48
Feb. 27: at Capital, L 64-83
March 5: vs. Spring Valley (3A sectionals at Cabell Midland), 8 p.m.
West Virginia Boys
High School Basketball
2014 Final Poll
CHARLESTON (AP) — high school boys basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:
Team Record Pts Prv
1. Washington (9) 21-0 90 1
2. South Charleston 21-1 81 2
3. Woodrow Wilson 18-4 70 3
4. Hedgesville 16-4 64 4
5. Huntington 17-4 47 6
6. Greenbrier East 17-5 45 T7
7. George Washington 17-5 33 5
8. Hurricane 16-6 30 10
9. Wheeling Park 16-6 21 T7
10. Martinsburg 14-7 4 NR
Others receiving votes: Morgantown 3, Parkersburg South 2, Musselman 2, Lewis County 2, Capital 1.
1. Robert C. Byrd (9) 19-0 90 1
2. Poca 21-1 77 2
3. Bluefield 19-2 75 3
4. Wyoming East 16-4 57 4
5. Bridgeport 16-6 53 6
6. Westside 15-6 37 5
7. Petersburg 16-3 31 T7
8. Scott 15-6 30 T7
9. Chapmanville 17-5 28 9
10. Roane County 16-6 14 10
Others receiving votes: Fairmont Senior 3.
1. Wheeling Central (6) 19-3 87 3
2. Saint Joseph Central (3) 17-2 75 2
3. Notre Dame 17-4 58 1
4. Charleston Catholic 16-6 55 5
5. Magnolia 17-6 48 6
6. Clay-Battelle 17-5 37 10
7. Valley Fayette 19-3 31 7
8. Tucker County 15-5 29 8
9. Greater Beckley Christian 16-5 25 4
10. Bishop Donahue 16-6 22 9
Others receiving votes: Tug Valley 18, Gilmer County 6, Pendleton County 4.