CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Statewide girls basketball fans meet Shayna Gore.
The 5-foot-11 Logan sophomore point guard introduced herself in style to those in attendance at Thursday morning's Class AAA state tournament quarterfinal.
Gore led the fifth-seeded Wildcats to a 77-66 upset of No. 4 seed Princeton (19-6) with 36 points, four rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes.
Though it was Tigers senior point guard McKenzie Akers who was expected to put on a show, the Marshall recruit was upstaged from the beginning by Gore as Princeton's state tournament record fell to 0-5.
She scored 20 points in the first half on a combination of driving lay-ups, short-range jumpers and arching 3-pointers. It was a Gore 3-pointer with 41 seconds to play in the third that put Logan ahead for good at 54-51.
"Gore is a great player," Princeton Coach Debbie Ball said.
One who had been waiting for a long time to perform at the state tournament.
"I'd come watch with my dad when I was little," Gore said. "He would talk to me about how he hoped I would play here someday."
Though it would have been easy to stick her under the basket because of her height, her father noticed from the start that she had a knack for dribbling.
"I've played point guard ever since I learned the game," Gore said. "And I've been playing since I was 6."
Her father, Shane, also played basketball for Logan.
"Dad never played in the states," Gore said. "They always got beat out in sectionals."
Now he will get to see his daughter play at least one more state tournament game, two if she has anything to say about it.
"That's all I want to do," Gore said. "I want to make my dad and my coach proud."
Gore, senior guard Hannah Tothe and freshman center Monica Mitchell along with some of the other Wildcats have been playing together since elementary school.
Tothe finished with 11 points and seven rebounds Thursday while the 6-2 Mitchell wound up with 18 points and 17 rebounds.