WINFIELD, W.Va. -- It took three quarters for Logan center Monica Mitchell to look comfortable and find a groove Monday night at Winfield High School.
When the 6-foot-2 sophomore finally warmed up, there was nothing upset-minded Winfield could do to stop her. Mitchell ignited a 30-point fourth quarter for the Class AAA No. 7 Wildcats (9-4), who stormed back from a 12-point deficit to top Winfield (5-3) 74-60 in girls basketball.
Mitchell grabbed 12 of her game-high 20 rebounds in the fourth quarter, and overcame an 0-for-7 shooting start to finish with 11 points, all of which came in the fourth. Logan trailed 47-44 entering the final quarter.
"My kids are hard to figure out. Monica averaged, last year as a freshman, 16 points (and) 17 rebounds a game. She's averaging, right now, 17 or 18 points and 16 or 17 rebounds a game, and did not score a point the first three quarters," Logan coach Roger Gertz said wearily after the game. "I'm not putting them down, but they don't have any size."
Gertz, who was ill Monday, said he gave Mitchell and All-State guard and Marshall commitment Shayna Gore an ultimatum regarding what he deemed to be lackluster play throughout the game's first three quarters.
"I said 'sit down' and I told Shayna the same thing," Gertz said. "I said 'If you all don't want to play tonight I don't care. I'm not healthy enough today to deal with it.'"
Gore actually sat for most of the first quarter after drawing a technical foul for her response to a traveling violation just 2:49 into the game.
Her absence allowed Winfield junior guard Haylea Roberson to find her own comfort zone. After missing 10 of her first 12 shots, Roberson caught fire and continued her recent string of high-scoring performances. She finished with a game-high 28 points - 18 of which came in the second half - and helped the Generals build a 42-30 lead over the 2013 state tournament runners-up when she converted a 3-point play with 4:33 left in the third.
"We tried to double on her all night. If we could double on her and keep her held down and keep Shayna in check that's the 1-2 punch," Winfield coach Tim Toler said. "We'd been successful with it, but Mitchell started getting a little more physical in there and we don't really have the size to match her. We'd done a good job for about three-and-a-half quarters.