February 5, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Freshman guard Haley Darnell of Goreville scored a career-best 24 points Wednesday to pace the John A. Logan College women’s basketball team to an 87-62 win over visiting Olney.

Darnell was 5-of-7 from the field, including 1-of-1 from long range and a sizzling 13-of-14 from the free-throw line.

“There’s no doubt Haley had a big game for us,” said Vols head coach Marty Hawkins. “She was aggressive in taking the ball strong the basket and drew several fouls. And then when she got to the line, she made her throws. I couldn’t ask much more from her.”

Darnell has become an offensive factor in recent weeks, said she is much more comfortable in her role with the team as the season has progressed.

“It took me a while to adjust to the speed of the game. It’s a lot different than high school ball,” Darnell said. “I like shooting an open three, but what I do best is drive to the basket. And I feel more confident doing that now than I did earlier in the season.”

Three of Darnell’s teammates joined her in double figures. Her cousin and the team’s leading scorer, Alison Webb, also of Goreville, fired in 17 points and was a perfect 3-of-3 from long range. Abbi Denton accounted for 11 points and Kalai Trice drained three triples and finished with 10 points.

Hailee Lampley checked in with eight points, but had to leave the game early when she was hit in the mouth, losing a tooth in the process. She missed several games earlier this season after undergoing oral surgery.

Shelby Beussink contributed seven points. Madelyn Rigdon chipped in six and Deje Mooney added four. Webb was tops in rebounds with 11.

Logan converted 20-of-34 shots in the first half (59 percent) and finished the game 29-of-61 for 48 percent.

The Vols improve to 9-11 overall with the victory and are 5-7 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. Olney falls to 5-6 in the league and 7-15 overall.

Logan will play at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel.