Logan's Gore, who scored 36 points in Thursday's quarterfinals, netted 17 points and contributed three rebounds, six assists and four steals. Mitchell added her second straight double-double with 12 points, 10 boards, five blocks and two steals.
But Friday belonged to Tothe, who had weathered some rough storms with the Wildcats. In her freshman season, Logan posted just four wins. Now, the Wildcats have won their first state tournament game in school history and are on the cusp of their first title. The Wildcats had only made two previous trips to states since girls basketball was sanctioned by the Secondary School Activities Commission in 1976.
"Going to a championship and having a shot to win it when you've been at your lowest point is no better feeling,'' Tothe said. "This year I felt something special the whole year. When I was little in the all-girls league it was, 'Your senior year ya'll are going to states.' Now we're at states and now we're going for a championship.''
"This young lady has given up more than any kid could possibly give up to turn this thing around,'' said Gertz of Tothe's sacrifice to allow the younger players to play bigger roles. "She went through the lowest. I'm so happy that she was the one. She's the one that wanted to take that shot.''
Spring Valley (23-4) held the advantage over Logan in rebounds (45-32), points in the paint (32-18) and committed six fewer turnovers, but still ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard. The Timberwolves, though, couldn't find their shooting touch, hitting just 30.6 percent, including a dismal 25.8 percent in falling behind at the break.
"We dug ourselves too big of a hole in the first half,'' said Spring Valley coach Bo Miller. "We fought back in the second half and played like we should be playing, but you can't get down to a team like Logan that bad.''
Heck turned in a game-high 20 points with nine rebounds and three steals for Spring Valley while Morris chipped in 15 points, 11 boards and five steals.
Logan faced Spring Valley for the third time this season, winning for the initial time. The Timberwolves had beaten the Wildcats by 29 at home during the regular season and one point at Huntington High School in the section title game.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.