LOGAN —The Logan Lady Chieftains varsity basketball team hoped to continue the winning trend after the reserve team vastly conquered Athens’ reserve team. The varsity team played the Athens Bulldogs around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, winning big for the seniors in their last home game.
Before the game started, six seniors were honored in front of a packed house at Logan High School. Senior players honored included Bryanna Primmer, Emilie Eggleston, Hannah Dixon, Sydnee Breining and Mollie Gabriel.
For the start of the game, all senior Lady Chieftains took to the court as the crowd welcomed them to the start of regulation. The energized crowd seemed to uplift the squad as they came out of the gate ready to play.
Logan’s no. 24, Eggleston, found herself making an easy layup scoring the first pionts of the game. The crowd rumbled from the start giving the players the juice they needed.
Another score came from Logan’s no. 20; Breining added to the team’s lead with a jumpshot of her own. With the others contributing, Logan started the first quarter with a six-point lead while Athens only scored two points minutes into the game.
Logan’s no. 3, Gabriel, scored a layup energizing the crowd and rocked the gym filled with local residents and visitors. Logan’s no. 31, Primmer, scored a jumpshot for her team as the crowd cheered for the senior. Logan’s Breining scored again with a layup adding to the lead.
Athens responded to the Chieftains with a three pointer silencing the student section at the same time. The score was Logan 14-9 in the first quarter. Athens would again keep up the pressure, scoring on the next ball possession only trailing by three points in the first quarter.
Addressing the heat from Athens, Egglestone came up with a three pointer with just thirty seconds left in the first quarter. Increasing the lead by six points. Athens held tight together as this game would be won by the team that wanted it more.
All seniors that started the game at the beginning were still in the game at the beginning of the second quarter of play. Athens scored the first points of the quarter attempting to close the lead by the Lady Chieftains.
At the six-minute mark of the quarter, Athens found itself on top by one point. Head coach Jessica Harris substituted in the regular starters around the six minute mark.
Logan’s Abbie Dicken sifted her way through the Athens defense, putting up her first points of the game. Both teams ended up tying midway through the second quarter of play.
Logan got on top again by three points toward the end of the second quarter. The score between the two was 29-26 in favor of the home team.
Both teams would duke it out in the third quarter of play tying up again at one time. But the home team remained focused as the Lady Chieftains took advantage of open lanes in the Athens defense.
Coming into the fourth quarter, Athens extended its lead by two points. In response, Eggleston scored a layup to tie up the game again — total score was tied 40-40.
At the three and a half minute mark in the fourth quarter, the score was 45-43 in favor of the Lady Chieftains. Athens missed a must-needed layup under a minute left in the fourth quarter to bring back some hope for a comeback.
On senior day, the Lady Chieftains would walk away with a win adding to the win from their reserve team. The final score would be 49-44.
Logan 49, Athens 44
Logan 17 12 9 11 — 49
Athens 11 15 12 6 — 44
Ella Guthrie 1 1-2 3, Mollie Gabriel 2 0-2 4, Brooklin Harris 4 5-9 14, Sydnee Breining 2 0-0 4, Avery Thompson 0 1-2 1, Hannah Dicken 3 3-3 9, Emilie Eggleston 4 3-8 12, Bryanna Primmer 1 0-0 2, TOTALS 17 13-26 49; 3-pt field goals: 2
Bailey Davis 3 2-4 8, Laura Manderich 6 6-7 20, Harper Bennett 1 0-0 2, Kesi Federspiel 3 0-2 7, Emmerald Jean-Francis 2 1-2 5, Kianna Benton 1 0-0 2, TOTALS 16 9-15 44; 3-pt field goals: 3