HHS claims section title
ONA -- In a tightly officiated boys basketball game with 28 total fouls, it came down to who could make plays when it mattered Friday in Class AAA Huntington High's Region IV, Section 2 battle with Logan at Cabell Midland.
Logan kept the game from getting out of hand with good free throw shooting, but the Highlanders team had an intensity about it that didn't wane no matter which way the whistle was blowing, and HHS was able to out-execute the Wildcats in a 49-36 win. The Highlanders led by double digits for most of the contest.
"I think Logan came out and they wanted a very physical game, that's how they wanted to play it," Huntington High coach Ron Hess said. "You know, we didn't shoot the ball real well tonight, but I thought we played really well defensively, and I think that's what won the game for us."
Huntington High big man Arick Nicks had to go up against an even bigger man, Logan's 6-foot-9 T.J. Tomblin, and Nicks found himself sitting after picking up three fouls in the first half.
Nicks got his fourth on one of two technical fouls against the Highlanders in the second half, when he pounded the ball over his head in frustration early in the fourth quarter.
"We've had to adjust, and we've done well without (Nicks), but we want him in there," Hess said. "We need to have him in the game."
Fortunately for the Highlanders, Chancelor Wooding was on, scoring 20 points and grabbing six rebounds, while HHS got spot contributions from Tavian Dunn-Martin, Nick Tubbs and J.R. Howard at key points throughout the contest.
"Chancelor has really come on strong in the second half of this season," Hess said. "He's taking the ball hard to the basket, he's been making his outside shots and playing good defense. He's become a good all-around player. Last year he was just a shooter."
"I just felt like I had to step up and do what I had to do to help us win," Wooding said, throwing a grin at Nicks. "Arick's been in foul trouble the last two games so I've had to step it up."
Tomblin found himself in foul trouble as well, and contributed just four points to Logan's effort. The Wildcats were led by Andrew Reynolds, who scored 11. Logan had just one 3-pointer, while the Highlanders sank six from deep.
The sectional title means Huntington High will host Nitro Tuesday for a chance at going to state, while Logan will travel to Hurricane.
"It's nice to win that, it's one of our goals," Hess said. "Now we've got to regroup and get ready for Nitro on Tuesday."
LOGAN 7 9 10 10 -- 36: Reynolds 11, Street 8, Tomblin 4, Williams 3, Miller 3, Preston 3, Minnick 3, Dalton 1.
HUNTINGTON HIGH 15 7 16 11 -- 49: Wooding 20, Dunn-Martin 5, Tubbs 8, Nicks 8, Howard 4, Demoss 4.