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By MICHEAL COMPTON The Daily News mcompton@bgdailynews.com

Looking for momentum heading into the postseason, the Logan County boys' basketball team found it in an unlikely place Thursday with a 63-59 win at Greenwood.

Logan County (6-13) used a hot fourth quarter to control and hold on for their first victory at Greenwood since Feb. 28, 1992. The win also snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Gators.

Landon Stratton led the Cougars with 26 points, including 21 in the second half, while Clint Knight added 10 points.

"We wanted to get some momentum going into the postseason," Logan County coach Lonnie Mason said. "This is a good win leading into the 13th District Tournament. The senior leadership came through. Clint Knight and Landon Stratton led us in that fourth quarter. I put it on them at halftime and they did a good job of doing it for us."

Greenwood (11-15) held a 30-27 halftime advantage, that was pushed to five after two Dylan DeWitt free throws, before Logan County used a 15-5 run to take a 42-37 lead.

The Gators scored the final six points of the third quarter to regain the advantage, before the Cougars took control in the fourth quarter.

The score was tied 44-44 with 5:46 remaining when Ben Wright's shot in the paint gave Logan County the lead for good. The bucket started a 10-3 run that saw the Cougars stretch the advantage to 54-47.

Greenwood pulled within two points three times in the final minutes, before Kaleb Coursey drained a pair of free throws to seal the win with 8.6 seconds left.

Logan County finished 24-for-53, including a sizzling 8-for-12 in the fourth quarter.

"We came out and did what our coaches told us to do all week," Stratton said. "We worked on beating the press and playing team ball. We got shots to fall when we needed it. All week we worked on closing, making sure we were conditioned and had our legs to knock down shots at the end of the game. It always feels good to come out and get a win in your last regular season game."

DeWitt had 23 points to lead the Gators, which shot 36.2 percent and committed 20 turnovers.

"Give Logan County credit, they came out in the second half and outscored us in the third and fourth," Greenwood coach Jason Stonebraker said. "They made some tough shots and made some shots that were just good shots. You have to give them credit for what they did, but I didn't like how we played defense all night.

"It seems like we are breaking all kinds of records this year, the wrong way."

Greenwood wraps up the regular season at 7:30 p.m. today, hosting Edmonson County.

Logan County will host Franklin-Simpson in the opening round of the District 13 Tournament at 8 p.m. Monday.

LCHS 15 12 15 21 — 63

GHS 14 16 13 16 — 59

LC — Stratton 26, Knight 10, Baldwin 8, Wright 8, Blakemore 6, Garcia 2, Coursey 2, Rosser 1.

GW — DeWitt 23, Sewell 11, Lewis 7, Fee 6, Schneller 4, Stockton 4, Sanders 4.

Logan County 63, Greenwood 59 (girls)

Megan Lindsey had four points and a steal in the final 10 seconds as the Lady Cougars held off host Greenwood on Thursday in a game that was briefly delayed in the final seconds due to a tornado warning.

Logan County (11-14) shot 33 percent and had 27 turnovers, but dominated on the glass with a 52-36 edge - including a 21-8 advantage on the offensive boards.

"This is a great way to go into the postseason," Logan County coach Finley Woodard said. "It definitely gives us confidence. With hard play, we were able to overcome the mistakes we made."

Despite shooting 30.3 percent with 17 turnovers in the first half, Logan County built a 29-26 advantage.

Maegann Hardison had 12 points in the first half, all on 3-pointers, to help the Lady Cougars build the lead. 

Her fourth 3 capped a 7-0 surge that pushed Logan County in front 29-22, before Greenwood (12-17) scored the final four points of the half.

Greenwood briefly went ahead 43-41 on a 3 from Lauren Maupin late in the third quarter, but Logan County answered with six straight to regain the lead.

The Lady Gators scored seven straight to move back in front, and extended the advantage to 53-49, but Logan County rallied again - with a Lindsey layup making the score 58-56 with two minutes left.

Greenwood tied it 59-59 when Maupin was double-teamed, but found Katie Douglas for a wide open layup with 23.9 seconds left.

Before Logan County could run a play, the game was stopped for about 15 minutes due to a tornado warning.

When play resumed, Hardison drove down the left side and flipped it back to Lindsey - who drained the 5-foot shot with 10 seconds remaining.

"During that tornado warning we were able to sit down and look at the play we wanted to do," Woodard said. "We looked at a couple of different scenarios, if they do this then we are going to do that. The girls went out and executed right like we asked them to. I couldn't be more proud of them."

Greenwood tried to advance it up the floor, but Lindsey stole the pass then drained two free throws to secure the victory.

Hardison finished with 20 points, including six 3-pointers. 

"My 3 has been on and off lately," Hardison said. "I was glad it was falling. I know if it hadn't been, my teammates would have carried me forward."

Maupin led Greenwood with 23 points and 12 rebounds. The Lady Gators shot 39.8 percent and committed 26 turnovers. Greenwood has lost eight straight games heading into the regular season finale against Edmonson County at 6 p.m. today.

"It was a wacky game all together when you have a tornado warning and have to stop play," Greenwood coach Todd Tolbert said. "You are in a room with your team, they are drawing up plays and you are trying to strategize things. It could have went either way in the end. We've had some bad fortunes here lately. We're not finishing quarters strong and ultimately it is causing us to lose ballgames."

Logan County will host Todd County Central in the opening round of the District 13 Tournament at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

LCHS 12 17 18 16 — 63

GHS 14 12 20 13 — 59

LC — Hardison 20, Lindsey 9, Thompson 7, Powell 7, Mason 6, Hunt 4, Johnson 4, Barnes 4, Jones 2.

GHS — Maupin 23, James 14, Jackson 12, Douglas 4, Hartis 4, Jessup 2.

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