CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Hannah Tothe has experienced the bad, the ugly and finally the good during her four years at Logan.
The 5-foot-7 senior guard swished a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to send the fifth-seeded Wildcats past No. 1 Spring Valley 52-49 Friday evening in the Class AAA girls state tournament semifinals. A crowd of about 5,000 attended the back-and-forth matchup at the Charleston Civic Center.
Logan (17-9), which has the second-most losses in the AAA field, will play in the championship game at 7:15 tonight against No. 3 Parkersburg South, which upset No. 2 Morgantown 54-51 in Friday's late game.
Spring Valley, which rallied from an 11-point deficit late in the third quarter, took the lead at 49-47 with 50.7 seconds left in the final period on sophomore forward Brooke Heck's layup on a baseball pass from sophomore guard Sarah Kelly about 75 feet away.
Logan sophomore guard Shayna Gore hit a jumper in the paint to knot the game at 49-all with 40.6 seconds remaining. Timberwolves sophomore forward Madison Morrison missed a jumper in the lane but Spring Valley corralled the rebound. Wildcats 6-foot-2 freshman center Monica Mitchell blocked a shot in the lane and tied up the possesion, giving the ball to Logan.
Gore brought the ball up the court under pressure - the kind that forced the Wildcats into 26 turnovers - and passed out of a double-team to Tothe, who was on the right wing. Tothe coolly buried the 3 to put her team in front 52-49.
"I'm pretty confident when it comes down to the wire,'' said Tothe, who finished with 13 points behind four 3s and added six rebounds and five assists. "I knew [Spring Valley was] going to have to double Shayna because nobody can stop her on that team. I just stood wide open. When it comes down to it I have confidence that we can do it.''
Kelly hoisted up a 3 but it bounced off the rim as time expired, sending Logan into a frenzy near midcourt as a deafening roar arose from their fans for several minutes.
Logan coach Kevin Gertz, who suffered a heart attack during quadruple bypass surgery last September, couldn't make it to the locker room at halftime and had to sit on a chair in the Civic Center hallway for about four minutes. The Civic Center staff was concerned enough to have him checked out by paramedics.
"I told the girls, 'They're going to make a run. You've just got to withstand it and make the last run of the game,' " Gertz said. "I guess the three points was the last run of the game.''