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Fast start carries Capital past Logan

CHARLESTON, W.Va. --Capital may be regaining its touch at the right time.

The Cougars sent their seniors out in style Thursday evening, sprinting to leads as large as 23 points in the first half and settling for an 83-64 senior night victory over what had been a streaking Logan squad.

All-stater Carrington Morris, one of the Cougars' two seniors, racked up a double-double (19 points, 14 rebounds) and also donated seven assists. Junior Jordan Kinney nearly added a double-double himself (19 points, eight assists) as the teams concluded their regular season.

Capital (12-7), which had lost four of its previous six games, forced 21 turnovers and saw eight steals lead directly to baskets at the other end. The lead ballooned as high as 31 points in the second half, allowing coach Carl Clark to substitute freely.

"It was a good win, even for our unexperienced players,'' Morris said, "to get them some experience going into the sectionals.''

Logan (10-12) had won three of its last four coming into the game, including victories in the past week against a pair of state-ranked teams (Greenbrier East, Greater Beckley Christian). But the Wildcats trailed 25-7 after one quarter Thursday.

"I think Capital was ready to play and jumped on us,'' said Logan coach Mark Hatcher. "I know they've had their ups and downs lately, but the snow had a lot to do with that.

"They were in a really good groove early in the season, but I think the snow affected them some. Tonight, they looked like a top-five team again - very quick. I know I wouldn't want to play those guys in the tournament. Not the way they played tonight.''

Aalik Harris came off the bench to score 13 points for Capital and Bryce Goldsmith hit 5 of 7 shots to score 10 points, his first double-figure game in more than two weeks. Miguel Bays grabbed nine rebounds as the Cougars led 47-24 off the boards.

Capital's other senior, reserve guard Naquay Little, earned a rare start Thursday and scored his team's second basket.

For a night, at least, Capital seemed to recapture some of magic it flashed early in the season in winning its first five games, including victories over three teams currently ranked in Class AAA - No. 2 South Charleston, No. 5 George Washington and No. 10 Hurricane.

"These kids - it's just hard to figure them out,'' Clark said. "We've been in every game. We've led in most of the games, and we haven't been able to finish.

"I think tonight we got such a big lead at points in the game that we tried to go back to the same old stuff, but we were able to stop them from going out and playing individually. That can kind of snowball. When they play the way they're capable of playing, good things could happen. But keeping them on the right path is a hard thing to do.''

Capital is set to play at GW Thursday in Region 3 Section 1. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

For Logan, Brynden "Worm'' Street had 14 points, Zak Miller 11 and Zach Acord 10. Street also landed five rebounds.

Contact Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickryan@wvgazette.com.


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