The Wildcats, the No. 1 sectional seed, breezed with a 69-49 win over the Panthers to advance to Friday night’s Class AAA sectional finals with No. 2 seed Huntington, which knocked off Spring Valley, 60-50, in last night’s other semifinal.
The win automatically advances Logan (13-10) to next week’s Class AAA regional tourney where the Wildcats would face either South Charleston or Winfield at home or on the road depending on Friday night’s outcome.
Lincoln County closed out the season with a 9-15 record.
Logan led the Panthers 14-12 after one quarter, 33-24 at the half and 52-33 after three as LHS outscored Lincoln County 19-9 in the third period.
Paul Herbert Williamson and Stevie Browning each had 15 points to lead Logan.
After a tight first-half battle, Logan’s pressure defense forced Lincoln County into several turnovers early in the third quarter as the Wildcats reeled off 10 straight points to open the quarter.
Deyonta Coleman had a pair of steals and transition baskets to lead the charge. Coleman finished with 11 points, along with Matthew Greene for Logan.
Logan started out hot from the field, but Lincoln County stayed with them through three quarters, thanks to the strong play of Codie Blankenship and Cody Williamson. Blankenship finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds while Williamson had 10 points in the loss.
Dustin Woody, added six points for Logan, while C.J. Williams and Keaton Johnson had three each.
Logan and Huntington are set to meet on Friday at 7:30 p.m., also at the Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse.
The Highlanders beat the Wildcats 66-60 on Feb. 14 at Logan.
— Grant Traylor of the (Huntington) Herald-Dispatch contributed to this report