Logan, under new head coach Kevin Gertz, dropped to 1-2 on the season. The Lady Cats opened last Saturday with a 49-38 win at Capital and lost a 53-50 overtime heartbreaker to Tolsia in Tuesday’s home opener.
Winfield, a usual Class AAA and AA state power and the 2A state champs in 2004 and 2006, took advantage of numerous early Lady Cat turnovers to take a 26-16 lead after one quarter of play.
Logan then played Winfield even in the second quarter as each team scored 13 points and the Lady Generals went into the half on top 39-29.
Winfield then had to hold on in the second half to notch the win. It was the first victory of the season for the Lady Generals, which improved to 1-3 on the season. Winfield, coached by Chapmanville High School graduate and former Logan assistant coach Tim Toler, had lost to Spring Valley (56-51), Huntington (72-60) and South Charleston (99-63).
Logan made it interesting late as the Lady Cats cut the deficit to just two points with two and a half minutes to go. That was as close as the Lady Cats could get.
Erica Kelley, a senior guard, led Logan with 27 points.
Katie Chryssofos had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Jessica Bias pulled down 12 boards and scored three points.
Winfield shot a sizzling 63 percent from the floor.
Haeley Moore led the Lady Generals with 23 points.
Bethany Jordan had 14 and Rachel Ashley 12. Skylar Brock also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points.
Logan was able to make a stab at Winfield in the second quarter. Down 10, Kelley drained a 3-pointer to pull the Lady Cats to within 26-19.
LHS continued to stay close as Chryssofos sank a 12-foot shot in the lane with 6:04 to go to keep the deficit under 10 at 31-22.
Winfield, though, went on an 8-2 run, capped off by a 3-pointer to push the margin to 39-24 with 2:56 left.
The Lady Cats clawed back to within 39-29 at the break with Kelley’s 3-pointer with 46 ticks to go. Neither team scored a point the rest of the quarter.
In the first quarter, Logan led briefly 3-2 with an old-fashioned three-point play by Bias at the 7:18 mark.
Winfield responded by taking advantage of some Logan turnovers and going on an 11-0 run to take a 13-3 lead.
Logan came back with a Kelley 3 and a stickback in the lane by Chryssofos to close the gap to 16-9 with 4:14 left in the first quarter.
Another trey by Kelley and a bucket by Hannah Tothe made it 21-16 with 1:45 left.
The Lady Generals then scored the final five points of the stanza to grab a 26-16 lead after one.
Tothe added eight points for LHS. Jasmine Workman had four, while Emily Vinson and Taylor Bevins had two each and Faydra Martin had one point.
Logan is scheduled to return to action on Tuesday against county rival Man. The special game time is set for 1 p.m. as the game will be played in front of the student body.
The Lady Cats then play on Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. against Sherman in the first game of Chapmanville Regional High School’s Lady Tigers Invitational. The host Lady Tigers are set to play Van in the nightcap. The two winners, possibly Logan and Chapmanville, would then meet on Dec. 17 in the championship game. It could be the first of three meetings this season with Chapmanville.
Logan then plays three more games in the calendar year — at South Charleston on Dec. 18, at home against Lincoln County on Dec. 20 at at Huntington on Dec. 29.