Girls basketball: Gore, Mitchell have inexperienced Wildcats on rise
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The three top scorers for Logan are sophomores or freshmen, making the future bright for the Logan High School girls basketball team.
Don't tell that to Wildcats Coach Kevin Gertz, despite his team's 47-36 road victory over host South Charleston (6-6) on Wednesday night.
Considering unranked Logan (6-2) has picked up wins against No. 6 Huntington and No. 3 Morgantown this season, Gertz isn't looking to the future, he's focused squarely on the here and now.
"The future is bright ... but I'm not one of these coaches that say we can win it next year or in two years," Gertz said. "Why not now? When we play like we are capable of playing, we can beat anybody."
Logan sophomore point guard Shayna Gore (5-foot-11) leads the Wildcats with 16 points and 8.5 assists per game while 6-2 freshman center Monica Mitchell is averaging 14 points and 14 rebounds per contest.
Gore led the way against South Charleston with 11 points, six rebounds, seven assists, and four steals, while Mitchell added 14 points and grabbed seven boards.
Gertz believes the sky is the limit for both.
"There's nothing on the basketball court that Shayna can't do," Gertz said. "I'm not saying she is a big time Division I player but she has Division I talent. We demand a lot out of her and make her do a lot for us. That's a lot of pressure on a 15-year old kid but she can handle it.
"Monica is going to be an absolute stud in this state. Since she has started, we are undefeated. If she had started all along, I honestly think at worst we are 7-1 and possibly 8-0 with a chance for top three or four right now."
Despite so much youth, Gertz believes his Wildcats have just as good a shot as anybody at winning the state title.
"I'm not saying we are the best team in the state but we have beat some of the better teams in the state," Gertz said.
"I'm not putting anybody down. Personally I have seen several teams. I haven't seen everybody but when they play up to their capabilities, I think Morgantown is the best.
"We took a major shot against them. They must have shot 65-70 percent in the first half and we were only down 12. My girls don't quit and we came back and won (64-61). We had never won in our school history at Huntington but was down 24 in the third quarter and came back and won."
Gore and Mitchell are ecstatic with the way things are going for each other and the Wildcats.
"I'm just a sophomore and I'm looking forward to the next years," Gore said. "I wouldn't have any other coach or team. Monica has been my friend since we were four. She's going to be a really good basketball payer and I couldn't be any prouder of her and my team."
"I'm so happy to be a Wildcat," Mitchell said.
"Shayna is one of the best basketball players I have ever seen. She's my best friend. It's an honor to play on the court with her."
Lina Villanueva and Alliyah Webb scored nine points each to lead the Black Eagles.