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Logan falls in finals

Mar. 10, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- All postseason long Logan had played the role of Cinderella as the Wildcats made their way from a No. 3 seed in their own section to the Class AAA girls basketball state championship game.

However, it was Parkersburg South's Keya Bartlett who was queen of the ball Saturday night in the Charleston Civic Center.

Bartlett finished with 26 points, including six 3-pointers in the second half, to lead Parkersburg South to a 58-34 win over Logan and a Class AAA title.

"Hats off to Parkersburg South. They were by far the better team today," Logan coach Kevin Gertz said. "But I wouldn't trade my kids for any team in this state."

Logan (17-10) appeared to gain a little momentum after senior Hannah Tothe hit the team's first 3-pointer with less than three minutes left in the third quarter to cut the Wildcats' deficit to nine.

But, Bartlett answered and proceeded to hit 3-pointers in three consecutive possessions to double the lead and take the wind out of any comeback thoughts for the Wildcats.

She finished with seven 3-pointers overall which tied the Class AAA tournament record with three other players.

"It just feels amazing knowing the crowd goes wild after I hit the shot," Bartlett said.

Tothe spoke about the difficult roller coaster of Logan finally getting a little momentum to Bartlett changing the game in less than a minute's time.

"It was tough," Tothe said. "Being my last time playing -- because I don't want to play college ball -- the one thing I wouldn't do was stop and I wasn't going to give up. It's hard to come back 20 points in one quarter. We came back 22 in one half, but it was hard not to cry and not to give up. I wouldn't cry until I came off the floor."

On this night, Logan wasn't able to get it going from the floor offensively, finishing with 13-of-49 shooting from the floor (26.5 percent).

Parkersburg South came in with a gameplan of forcing Shayna Gore, Logan's leading scorer, to her left and shading her while also neutralizing post presence Monica Mitchell.

Both were held under their scoring averages. Gore scored 12 while Mitchell had 11 points eight rebounds.

In her final game in a Logan uniform, Tothe had nine points and one lasting remark for her teammates as they move forward without her.

"Every time we'd wait for the polls to come out just to see if we were ranked and to have a little bit of pride about ourselves, but no one wanted to give it to us," Tothe said. "Well, they're going to have it next year and I'm going to be there for them. I'm going to cheer them on every game and when they play here next year and win, I will be there in the stands."

In addition to Bartlett's 26 points, Parkersburg South (20-7) got 13 and 11 points from Taryn McCutcheon and Katelyn Bird respectively.

LOGAN 10 6 11 7 -- 34: Tothe 9, Gore 12, Mitchell 11, Kimler 2.

PARKERSBURG SOUTH 14 10 20 14 -- 58: Rexroad 3, McCutcheon 13, Bartlett 26, Wilson 5, Byrd 11, Fallon 2, Hayton 2.