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Logan's Gore verbally commits to Marshall

Mar. 25, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- It's been quite a month stretch for Logan sophomore girls basketball standout Shayna Gore.

Gore led the Wildcats on an amazing postseason run that included wins over Huntington High and Spring Valley en route to a berth in the Class AAA state championship game.

This weekend, Gore was rewarded for her hard work.

Not only was she named a Class AAA first-team All-State selection, she also verbally committed to play basketball at Marshall University on Sunday afternoon.

"I'm honored to be playing for them after high school because in the past, they never recruited West Virginia players that much," Gore said. "When we went down there and talked about it today, we liked everything. My parents like (Marshall head) coach (Matt) Daniel and I'm excited to play for him."

It was quite the memorable weekend for Gore, who became the first Logan girls basketball player to obtain first-team accolades and the first Logan girls basketball player to ever commit to a Division I program.

For Gore, the decision to stay in-state and stay close so friends and family could come support her was any easy decision.

"Ever since I was little, I would talk about playing at Marshall and having my family and friends there," Gore said. "I know they'll be there to support me like they have been since I was little."

Gore finished the year averaging 19.3 points, 9.4 assists and 6.1 rebounds per game, but it was her ability to embrace the big moment that turned heads in the postseason.

She started the postseason with a 27-point performance in what was considered at the time an upset over No. 3 Huntington High.

Then, a 36-point performance followed in a one-point loss to Spring Valley in the section final.

After dishing out 15 assists in a regional final win over St. Albans, Gore had a memorable debut at the West Virginia state tournament, finishing with 36 points in a win over Princeton.

Then, she avenged a pair of losses to Spring Valley by scoring 17 points as the Wildcats beat the Timberwolves 52-49 in the state semifinals.

"This four weeks has been something else," Gore said. "I made first-team all-state, committed to Marshall and our team made the state championship. It's been a roller coaster, but I wouldn't want it any other way."

Logan fell to Parkersburg South in the state championship game, but has several key contributors returning for the 2013-14 season. In addition to Gore, guard Kyra Cline and post player Monica Mitchell also return.