January 29, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – A 13-0 run midway through the second half broke open a close game as the John A. Logan College women’s basketball team rallied from a two-point halftime deficit to beat Southwestern Illinois, 64-41.

The Vols, now 3-6 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 7-10 overall, completely dominated play against the Blue Storm in the second half. Logan connected on 19-of-31 second half shots (61 percent) to erase a simply horrendous first half of shooting the basketball (6-of-32 or 19 percent).

Freshman wing player Shelby Beussink has become more assertive on the offensive end, scoring 18 points to lead the Vols’ attack. She was 6-of-15 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. Sophomore Alison Webb notched 15 points. Freshmen Jahkia Holt, Haley Darnell and Kalai Trice each tallied six points. Madelyn Rigdon and Deje Mooney tacked on four apiece. Abbi Denton totaled three points, but led the team in rebounds with eight from her point guard position. Haileey Lampley added two points.

JALC head coach Marty Hawkins was elated with the victory.

“Coach Charles Dickens would say a tale of two basketball games. We shot the ball poorly in the first half before settling down in the second half and hitting our shots at a much greater clip. I give a lot of credit to my assistant coach, Amanda Shelby, for getting the girls prepared for SWIC’s zone. We did a much better job of attacking it in the second half because we settled down and took our time.”

Hawkins said Beussink has raised her level of play from early in the season.

“It’s all about confidence,” he said. “Early on, a lot of our freshmen were a little overwhelmed by the pace of the college game, but they’re now starting to make adjustments. Shelby is much healthier now and is definitely playing better. She’s more explosive with the ball and is doing a great job on the boards, too.”

Logan travels to Harrisburg Saturday to take on Southeastern Illinois at 1 p.m.