Logan girls undone by young guns
CHARLESTON -- It had to settle in at some point for the Logan Wildcats girls' basketball team.
Analyzing Parkersburg South's 58-34 win over the Wildcats in the Class AAA state championship game, it probably hit them at about the middle of the third quarter.
They couldn't guard Patriots freshman Taryn McCutcheon. She was just too quick.
"I didn't guard her tonight, but I played help and she's tough," said Logan's own young phenom Shayna Gore, a sophomore. "We had a hard time trying to guard her, she's good."
"It's one thing to be fast, but to be fast with handles like she has, I've seen kids that are that quick but they run away from the ball or out of their shoes," Logan coach Kevin Gertz said. "Kyra Cline had the difficult task of guarding her and I think she did a good job, we just couldn't stop number 23."
Number 23 is sophomore Keya Bartlett, who McCutcheon found multiple times on a 13-assist night.
Bartlett set a Class AAA record with seven 3-pointers, including three in a row that buried Logan in the middle of the third quarter.
"It feels great to get that record, hopefully next year I'll beat it," Bartlett said.
McCutcheon and Bartlett, who have played together since grade school, worked their chemistry to perfection in that stretch that allowed the Patriots to put Logan out of the game.
"I did feel like I could do anything in that point in the game, and yeah, I guess I did feel like I was quicker than anyone else," McCutcheon said. "The crowd helped a lot, and I thought Keya was the one who could do anything she wanted. I was lucky to have her to pass to."
Parkersburg South was judged too young at the beginning of the season to make it on a big stage.
Saturday night they proved that wrong, and coach Scott Stephens said he's excited about the future of his program.
Logan, for the most part, is a young team as well, and Gertz said there is a chance the two teams might meet again in the future. If they do, there will be a lot at stake.
"I hope we do see each other again," he said. "Because we're not in each other's regions, we're not in each other's sections, so if we're playing, it means we're on this floor."
But Gertz did acknowledge getting back to the state title game is not something that is for certain.
"These ladies to the left of me (Gore and freshman Monica Mitchell) are phenomenal players, but I told them to relish this, because there's no guarantee they'll get back here," he said. "I'm just so proud of them all for what they've done this season."