For the first time since 2009 the Logan High School boys’ basketball team has failed to get out of its own sectional.
It’s also two straight losing seasons for the Wildcats.
Logan closed out the hoop season with a 10-13 mark following Thursday night’s 67-58 defeat to Spring Valley in the Class AAA Region 4 Section 2 semifinals at the Cabell Midland gym in Ona.
Spring Valley moved into Saturday night’s sectional finals where the Timberwolves (15-7) were scheduled to face Huntington (18-4). The Highlanders dispatched host Cabell Midland (5-19) rather easily, 81-51, in Thursday night’s other sectional semifinal.
Spring Valley and Huntington have also advanced to next week’s Class AAA regional tournament.
Logan missed making it to the regional for the first time in five years.
Last year, Logan upended Spring Valley in the sectionals, then lost to Huntington in the finals before losing at Hurricane in a 3A regional game that went to overtime. LHS went 8-17 last season.
Logan, just four years removed from its latest 3A state championship, is now 18-30 in two seasons of basketball.
It was the last game for Logan’s six senior players — Brynden “Worm” Street, Seth Barker, Trevor Abbott, Zak Miller, Josh Rein and Benny Adkins. Manager Patrick Marcum is also a senior.
“It wasn’t the year that we expected win/loss-wise and the last two years wasn’t what we expect but you are going to have years like this,” Logan coach Mark Hatcher told WVOW radio after the game. “I guess you could always get players and win every year. It’s tough. We had a young group. This senior group has a lot to be thankful for. They got to be a part of two state tournaments and be a part of some major wins. They went through a lot in their personal lives. One senior had a parent who passed away and Zak (Miller) has a brother who is battling cancer. As a team we are battling with him. They are great kids. We don’t have any problems with them.”
Hatcher saluted his team for a great effort.
“We had a great summer and a great fall but we knew that we didn’t have the most talented team in the world,” he said. “We probably could have easily won 13 or 14 games this year.”
Spring Valley had to put away Logan late in the game.
Street’s three-point play had closed the gap to 58-55 with 1:48 left. The Timberwolves then hit 6-of-7 free throws and got a Greg Herbert hoop to pull away.
Jacob Kilgore led Spring Valley with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Herbert scored 13 points, Josh Steele had 11 and Dionte Coleman added 10.
Street and Zac Acord paced Logan with 15 points apiece.
Rein tossed in eight for Logan, while Abbott and Miller had five each. Braxton Goff had four points, Adkins three and Kareem Clansy had one.
Logan was just 19-for-58 from the floor for 32.7 percent. Spring Valley was 18-for-44 for 40.9 percent.
The T-Wolves were an impressive 29-for-33 from the foul line for a sizzling 87.9 percent. Logan hit on 14-for-19 of its foul shots.
Spring Valley led 15-4 after one quarter, 27-15 at the half and 43-36 after three. SV’s 24-22 edge in the fourth then delivered the knockout blow.
Logan was also outrebounded 32-29. Abbott led the Cats on the boards with eight.
Logan High School Wildcats
2013-14 Boys’ Basketball Schedule (10-13):
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), L 58-67