The Big Reds led for much of the second quarter and held a five-point lead at one point.
But Parkersburg had no answer for Logan’s superstar tandem of Noah Cottrill and Paul Williamson. Cottrill, a senior and WVU recruit, poured in 43 points and Williamson netted another 28 as Class AAA No. 2 Logan came away with a 97-77 victory over the Big Reds on Friday night during Logan’s annual Senior Night contest at Willie Akers Arena.
Logan’s eight seniors — Cottrill, Bryce Dalton, Jordan Canada, Michael Greene, Chris Kelly, Justin Sammons, Timmy Rein and Drew Vess — were honored prior to the game. The group helped the Wildcats improve to 16-3 on the season with three games left to play.
Parkersburg dropped to 10-10.
Cottrill was simply unstoppable has he nailed seven 3-pointers and was 8-of-11 from the free throw line. Williamson hit four 3s of his own and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Logan coach Mark Hatcher said he was happy with the win.
“Noah played outstanding tonight. That was probably the best that he’s shot since he’s came here,” he said after the game. “He was hitting from deep and he really took them out of the zone and put them back in the man-to-man. Paul really shot the ball well. Any time they gave him an open look he really drilled them. He did a really good job of hitting the open 3. The last nine or 10 minutes of the game I thought that we played really well.”
Rein also played well for Logan and finished with 12 points. Dalton added six and Canada four, while Deyonta Coleman and Kelly had two each.
Parkersburg seemed to match up well with the Wildcats.
Hatcher said the Big Reds could be a tough post-season matchup.
“They’re talented. They are a very dangerous team,” he said.
The Big Reds were led by Alex Ash’s 18 points. Cory Chipps, a 6-6 center, had 15 points as did Andy Dollman. Devin Hoehn had 14 points, while Zach Grossenbacher had seven. Stephen Henderson and Jeremy Bell tossed in four each.
Parkersburg was 10-of-14 from the free throw line. Logan made 20-of-26 of its free throws.
Tied at 57 and at 59 late in the third quarter, the Wildcats began to make a move. An 8-0 Logan run gave the Wildcats a 67-59 lead. Cottrill finished off the spurt with a soft dunk with 1:11 to go in the quarter. Cottrill and Williamson also drailed back-to-back 3s during the run.
Logan continued the run, making it 11-0, with another Williamson 3-pointer with 55 ticks to go.
The Cats led 72-61 after three and kept the heat on Parkersburg in the fourth period.
Cottrill had a 3-pointer, an old-fashioned three-point play and another 3 to make it 85-68 with 4:16 left in the game.
Williamson’s lay-in with 3:55 left put Logan on top 87-68 and sealed the deal.
The Big Reds then went on a 9-2 run to close the gap to 89-77 but Logan then countered with an 8-0 run to finish off the game. Kelly tried to put an exclamation point on the victory with a dunk with 15 seconds to go but missed. Rein was there to grab the rebound and get the stickback in the paint.
Rein then tried to finish off the win with a 30-foot 3 at the buzzer to put Logan at the century mark but the shot rimmed out. Logan has scored 100 points five times this season with a high of 123 against Lincoln County earlier in the season in a 64-point win at Madison.
Parkersburg led 22-21 after one quarter and 43-40 at the half. Logan outscored the Big Reds 32-18 in the third to go ahead 72-61.
Logan also won the JV game over Parkersburg, 68-59.
Sammons was presented the Willie Akers Scholarship prior to the game. The award is given to a senior basketball player each year.
Logan returned to action on Saturday night at home against Charleston Catholic.
The Wildcats then play two games next week at the Charleston Civic Center — Tuesday against South Charleston and Thursday against No. 1 George Washington.