CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When the final seconds expire on the career of Logan's Hannah Tothe, the senior guard will end right where she hoped she would spend the last moments - the state tournament.
Tothe paced the Wildcats girls basketball squad with a game-high 20 points behind stellar 3-point shooting, as Logan won at St Albans 57-46 in Tuesday night's Class AAA Region 4 co-final.
"After four years and being my senior year, my career's going to be ending, ending on the Civic Center floor and trying to win a state title would be the best," Tothe said.
Wildcats Coach Kevin Gertz provided a bit more perspective on the team's achievement.
"We've been the doormat of our section for years," he said. "We're not anymore."
Tothe struck early with 15 first-half points on 5-of-5 shooting from 3-point range to help lead Logan to a 33-19 advantage at halftime. Tothe and fellow guard Kyra Cline combined for 29 of Logan's 33 first-half points.
While Tothe and Cline propelled Logan to its lead, sophomore Shayna Gore and center Monica Mitchell carried the Wildcats in the second half.
Gore finished with nine points, though her biggest contribution came via her distribution and handling of the ball in the second half.
"Shayna's our playmaker," Tothe said.
"If we keep her in the game, we all fall together, so we play off her really. If she's playing good, then we're going to play phenomenal."
At halftime, the Logan coach said he encouraged Gore to stay within herself and not worry so much about point production in the second half.
"I said 'Just play your game.' " Gertz said. "She's a tremendous player. She's been our leading scorer almost every game this year. They shut her down, but she got other people involved. That's how we got that first-half lead. But, she finished the fourth quarter like an All-Stater."
Logan led by as many as 15 in the second half, but St. Albans cut the deficit to nine after a 5-0 run to start the fourth quarter.