In high school basketball action, the Logan Wildcats fell just short of the state tournament for the ninth consecutive year with a loss to the Winfield Generals 56-53 in overtime Tuesday night at Willie Akers Arena.
The Generals jumped out to a 9-0 lead before Logan fought back to cut the deficit to 15-14 at the end of the first quarter.
The Wildcats took control in the second frame, as they pressured Winfield into several turnovers and pushed the pace to take a 26-22 lead into intermission.
Logan opened up a 35-28 lead in the third period, but the Generals stormed back to slice the Wildcats lead to one at the end of the quarter.
Winfield caught fire in the fourth quarter and took a 48-42 lead into the final four minutes of the game before Logan fought their way to a 52-52 tie with 1:08 to play. The Generals held for the final shot of regulation but came up empty on two tries to send the game to overtime.
In the extra period, neither team could find the range from the field. However, Winfield sank four free throws to the Wildcats one and staved off two attempts by Logan to tie the game late. Winfield moves on to Charleston and the Class AAA state tournament next week.
The Wildcats were led in scoring by sophomore Scotty Browning, who closed the game with 18 points in the loss. Logan finished their season with a 14-5 record, and their first sectional title since 2012.