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Cross-town rivals face off again in districts

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By Wade Holland

Logan Cummins saved the best for last.

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The senior guard, who has been working his way back from an injury, is playing the best ball of his career, as witnessed by those in attendance when he put on a show with 31 points to lead Grant County to a 92-66 win over Williamstown in opening-round action of the District 32 Tournament on Feb. 26 at Walton-Verona High School.
Cummins, whose previous high this season was 20 points, scored the career-high 31 points on the strength of nine 3-pointers, most of them coming in the first half when Grant County built its lead to 20 points on the way to the 26-point win.

“Grant County played an exceptional game. You have to give them all the credit,” said Williamstown Coach Roger Harden. “Obviously, the difference in the game was Logan Cummins. He had an exceptional shooting night. With him shooting that well it made it difficult for us to stay in the game.”

Cumming scored his team’s first eight points and had 11 in the first quarter as the Braves built a 20-11 advantage after one period of play.
Cummins’ hot shooting continued into the second quarter when he hit five more 3-pointers for 26-first half points to help Grant County stake claim to a 50-30 halftime advantage.

Grant County remained strong throughout the second half, not allowing Williamstown to get any closer than 14 while running the lead to 30-plus at one point.
Following Cummins’ career night was senior Aaron Hicks with 12 points and junior Seth Adkins with 10 points.

Austin Johnson was next for the winners with eight points, followed by D.J. Bennett with seven, Cody Kellan six, Luke O’Nan and Austin Schneider five each, Jordan Rose had four, and Cameron Burk and Jordan Saylor with two apiece.
Senior David Jump led Williamstown with 26 points, including five 3-pointers. Brennan Stanley was next for the Demons with 17 points, while Jon Jump contributed 10 to give Williamstown three players in double digits.
Chaz Jordan scored nine points for the Demons, with Dustin Smith and Brady Montgomery adding two each.

For Williamstown and its fans, the loss was not nearly as disappointing as it was to see seniors David Jump, Chaz Jordan, and J.J. Fernandez exit the floor for the last time during their high school careers.
But for Harden, it was a moment of mixed emotions.

“It is sad,” he said. “But at the same time it is a very proud moment. You have to be proud of them for the effort they’ve put in and what they’ve done for Williamstown basketball. We will miss them. But we’re very excited about our future and the direction those guys got the program headed in.”

Williamstown ended its season with plenty to be proud of, including the most wins for the program in more than five years. The Demons finish 10-20 overall with four wins against regional foes and two against district rivals.
Grant County, meanwhile, improved to 15-13 with the win, which earned them a spot in the district championship as well as the regional tournament.