For the Logan High School boys’ basketball team it was good to just get back onto the court.
Due to recent postponements because of the weather, the Wildcats hadn’t hit the hardwood for 10 days.
Logan finally got a game in on Tuesday night as the Wildcats won 57-38 at home over Class AAA sectional foe Lincoln County at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
The Cats improved to 6-8 on the season with the win. Lincoln County dropped to 7-10.
Logan swept the season series with the Panthers, also winning 45-40 earlier in the season at Hamlin.
The Wildcats last played back on Jan. 26 in their own King Coal Classic as Logan lost 47-43 to Greenbrier East.
Logan has had two attempted games with Belfry (Ky.) — Jan. 25 and this Monday — postponed due to the weather.
Unlike the last meeting with the Panthers on the road, Logan really had no trouble this time.
The Wildcats jumped out to an 18-6 lead after one quarter and led 27-17 at the half and 41-27 after three. Logan then outscored Lincoln County 16-11 in the fourth to set the final score.
Junior Worm Street led Logan with 13 points, while senior C.J. Williams tossed in 12. Z. Minnick had nine and Zak Miller six, while A.J. Reynolds and Eric Burnette had five apiece. T.J. Tomblin had four and Trent Dalton three.
“It was definitely good to get back on the court,” Logan coach Mark Hatcher said. “We’ve been working really hard. We’ve been pretty anxious. We prepared all week to play Belfry and we had to switch gears and get ready for Lincoln County. We’re getting better on the offensive end. We scored 57 points and that’s a start for us for sure.”
Burnette gave Logan a big boost with a 3-pointer with one minute to go in the second quarter.
“He did a really good job for us. He scored five points,” Hatcher said of Burnette. “He’s been stepping up a lot in practice. He’s always been able to shoot the ball. He’s been playing a little bit better on defense and he did a better job with that. He’s a senior and it’s time for him to play.”
Dalton later hit a 3 with two seconds left in the third to put Logan ahead by 14 after three.
Logan’s 19-point final margin was its biggest lead of the night.
T.J. Arbaugh led Lincoln County with a game-high 17 points.
The Wildcats took charge of the Panthers in the first quarter after being tied at 2 and 4.
Logan then went ahead for good at 6-4 after a pair of free throws by Williams.
Minnick later drilled a 3-pointer and Williams scored an inside-the-paint bucket to make it 13-4, forcing Lincoln County to call timeout with 3:52 left in the opening stanza.
Street then scored on a drive to the lane off the window to up the margin to 15-4.
Miller put Logan on top 18-6 after one with a 3-pointer.
Logan is scheduled to return to action on Friday night at home against Class AAA Point Pleasant. The Cats then travel to Westside on Saturday night and go to Parkersburg on Feb. 12 before playing 3A regional rival Winfield on Feb. 13 at the Charleston Civic Center.
Point Pleasant is just 6-9 entering the game, but scored a recent upset with a 62-60 win at Class AAA No. 4 Greenbrier East on Feb. 1.
The Black Knights are a former Class AA member of the Cardinal Conference. Logan also played in the league briefly during its Double-A days from 2003-08.
“They’ve won five out of their last six or seven games,” Hatcher said of Point Pleasant. “They’re playing a whole lot better and we’re playing a whole lot better. This is a very important game in our section and in our region. They are in the other section, so it’s a regional game but as far as seeding goes it’s a huge game for both teams. We’re trying to get a little more momentum going toward the end of the year here.”
Logan beat Point Pleasant 47-40 earlier in the season on the road.
“It was a close game down at their place earlier in the season and they were without some of their guys,” Hatcher said.
Hatcher said sectional seedings have not yet been set. This year’s Class AAA sectional is scheduled to be played again at Cabell Midland High School in Barboursville. Logan’s sectional foes are Lincoln County, Huntington, Spring Valley and the host Cabell Midland Knights.
“We’re supposed to vote on the seeds on February 18,” Hatcher said. “The next two weeks are huge for us. Since we beat Lincoln County twice that should knock us out of being the fifth seed. Right now, we’re fighting for seeds with the other teams in our section. This is a big game on Friday and we need a big crowd.”
Logan Wildcats (6-8)
2012-13 Boys’ Basketball Schedule
Dec. 11: Hurricane, L 60-67
Dec. 14: Berwick, Pa., W 70-19
Dec. 20: Huntington, L 50-76
Dec. 21: vs. Magnolia (at George Wash. Tournament), L 60-86
Dec. 22: vs. St. Albans (at George Wash. Tournament), W 51-37
Dec. 28: George Washington, L 49-54
Jan. 5: at Charleston Catholic, L 39-42
Jan. 8: at Greenbrier East, L 53-60
Jan. 11: Westside, W 66-55
Jan. 12: at Point Pleasant, W 47-40
Jan. 15: at Lincoln County, W 45-40
Jan. 22: Tug Valley, L 41-53
Jan. 25: Belfry, Ky. (King Coal Classic at Logan), ppd.
Jan. 26: Greenbrier East (King Coal Classic at Logan), L 43-47
Feb. 4: Belfry (Ky.), ppd.
Feb. 5: Lincoln County, W 57-38
Feb. 8: Point Pleasant, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 9: at Westside, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12: at Parkersburg, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 13: vs. Winfield (at Charleston Civic Center), 8 p.m.
Feb. 14: Belfry (Ky.), 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 16: at Tug Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 19: at George Washington, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 21: Capital, 7:30 p.m.