January 26, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College women’s basketball team snapped a seven-game losing streak Saturday, defeating visiting Shawnee College, 76-58.

Four players scored in double figures for the Vols, who improve to 6-10 overall. Sophomore center Alison Webb enjoyed a big game in the paint, tallying 30 points on 14-of-24 shooting from the field, including one triple, and one free throw. Webb also led the team in rebounds with 12.

Freshman guard Haley Darnell scored a season- and career-best 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field. She was also 4-of-5 from the line. Freshmen Abbi Denton and Shelby Beussink tacked on 10 points apiece. Hailee Lampley chipped in three points. Madelyn Rigdon and Kalai Trice added two each.

The Vols converted 32-of-76 shots from the field as a team (42 percent) and 9-of-12 free tosses (75 percent).

The Saints were led by Ida Parrish’s 24 points. She was 10-of-26 from the field. She was joined in double figures by Cara Farris with 13 points. Logan led 37-28 at the half.

Vols head coach Marty Hawkins was relieved to get the win.

“We just needed to get back home and get a win. The losing streak is done,” he said. “Alison scored inside and outside today, which got us off to a good start. We got up 27-7 at one point and it looked like we were going to run away with it before they came back on us. Early in the second half, we got the lead back up to over 20 points to get control of the game.”

Hawkins said getting a win was a huge morale boost for the team.

“We really needed it. We’re mostly freshmen and a lot of these girls came from high schools with good basketball programs, and even though we were very close to winning the last two games, it’s been hard on them. Hopefully, this win will give the girls something to build on.”

Logan plays host to Southwestern Illinois at 5 p.m. Wednesday.