November 3, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College women’s basketball team built a double-digit lead in the first half, but could not make that lead stand up as the Volunteers dropped their season opener to John Wood College from Quincy, 99-88, Saturday evening, in the opening round of the Logan Invitational.

With only two sophomores on its 11-player squad, Logan is lacking experience and that was most definitely a factor in the second half. The Vols wore down defensively and allowed the Blazers to put 57 points on the board over the final 20 minutes.

“We were in major foul trouble and just got tired in the second half,” said JALC head coach Marty Hawkins. “I thought we allowed too much dribble penetration down the stretch. And you just can’t do that. It was like welcome to college basketball for our freshmen. We didn’t close down any ball handlers tonight.”

Logan was led in scoring by sophomores Alison Webb (Goreville) and Sarah Bailey with 20 points each. Webb marked on 8-of-14 attempts and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Bailey was a solid 7-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-5 from long range. She did struggle from the line, however, making good on only 3-of-7 attempts.

And the team also struggled mightily from the line, converting only 16-of-30 tosses for 53 percent.

“If we make half of those misses, we’re in the game until the end,” Hawkins said.

Also in double figures for the Vols was another Goreville product, Haley Darnell, with 14 points, including 3-of-5 from downtown. Abbi Denton checked in with 12. Hailee Lampley added eight and Shelby Beussink contributed six.

The women host Parkland College out of Champaign in the second and final round of the tournament at 3 p.m. today.