December 3, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Freshman guard Abbi Denton atoned for two missed free throws with a big steal off an inbounds pass and proceeded to dish the ball to a darting Shelby Beussink, who scored with 11 seconds left to help the John A. Logan College women’s basketball team sneak past Kaskaskia Wednesday, 66-63.

Beussink was also fouled and completed the conventional three-point play. The Blue Angels got the ball into the front court and called time with seven seconds left, but again it was Denton who stepped up defensively, tying up her opponent for a jump ball. The possession arrow favored the Volunteers and Logan ran out the remaining time on the clock.

Logan improves to 2-1 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 5-3 overall.

“That’s a high-scoring bunch we just held to 63,” said Vols head coach Marty Hawkins. “We really defended tonight. And what a super play by Abbi near the end of the game to steal the inbounds pass like she did, and then to be so unselfish as to find an open teammate. Shelby then finished strong for the game-winner. Everybody did something positive tonight to help us win this game.”

Sophomore center Alison Webb paced Logan with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Beussink followed with 15, including an 8-of-9 performance from the free-throw line.

“This was a big win for us tonight,” said Beussink, a native of Jackson, Mo. “As for me, it’s taken a while, but I’m finally getting used to the speed of the game at the college level. I’m just glad I was able to contribute to this win.”

Sarah Bailey joined Webb and Beussink in double figures with 10. Denton contributed nine points. Kalai Trice chipped in five. Haley Darnell added four. Jahkia Holt had one.

The Vols converted 26-of-59 shots from the field or 44 percent. They were 12-of-20 from the free-throw line. Logan was even on the boards with Kaskaskia at 32 apiece. The Blue Angels were led by Kierra Graves’ 24 points.

Logan next plays at 5:30 Saturday at Olney. Next home game is at 1 p.m. on Dec. 13 against Wabash Valley.