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Central vs. Logan Girls Basketball

Central's Brittany Baldwin drives past Logan's Kadie Weiss on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, during a MVC game at Logan High School. (Rory O'Driscoll/La Crosse Tribune)

Central High School girls basketball coach Nahmie George was all smiles Friday night as he shook hands and accepted pats on the back.

The Red Raiders’ 38-26 win over Logan at Logan Fieldhouse was a big one, and everyone passing by George knew it.

“This wasn’t done easily,” a happy George said. “I think we were able to take them out of what they like to do with our defensive pressure, and that was our plan.

“They have terrific shooters, so we wanted to make them put the ball on the floor and bring it to the basket.”

Central (7-2, 2-0) remained a half-game behind first-place Onalaska in the MVC by beating the Rangers (3-5, 1-2) for the first time since Jan. 27, 2005.

Logan had beaten the Red Raiders 18 straight times before Friday.

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Senior guard Katlyn Roesch had 15 points for Central, which led 19-9 after one quarter and held Logan scoreless in the second quarter.

The Rangers shot just 25.6 percent from the floor (10-for-39) and had 20 turnovers and lost for the second time in three games.

Logan came back to get within 31-20 after three quarters, but Central slowed the pace to limit the Rangers’ possessions.

Logan senior and leading scorer Rachel Rank was also injured in the fourth quarter, making the comeback even tougher.

She made 2 of 9 shots and had four points before she left the game.

“Brittany (Baldwin) had a lot to do with how we handled her,” George said. “When we play man defense like that, Brittany has no help responsibilities and focuses on her player, and she did a great job.”

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