February 8, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MOUNT CARMEL - The John A. Logan College women's basketball team raced out to a quick 11-2 lead Saturday, but it wasn't long before the heavily-favored Wabash Valley Warriors took control of the game and won going away, 76-50.

Sophomore center Alison Webb of Goreville paced the Vols with 15 points. Shelby Beussink followed with 14. Another Goreville product, Haley Darnell, checked in with eight points and Abbi Denton added five.

Logan slides to 5-8 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 9-12 overall. The host Warriors improved to 13-0 in the league and 20-5 overall. 

Vols head coach Marty Hawkins said Wabash Valley's size and depth advantage played a huge role in the victory. 

"We had a great first 10 or 11 minutes, but I thought our lack of defensive rebounding really hurt us after that. We just couldn't stop them from getting second- and third-shot opportunities on many occasions."

The Warriors finished with seven more field goals on the night, including three more from long range. They also made nine more free throws and out-rebounded the Vols 41-to-31. Logan also hurt itself by turning it over 19 times.

"We took a bit of a step backward tonight with the number of turnovers," Hawkins said.

Logan hosts Mid-South College out of West Memphis, Ark. at 5 p.m. Monday and Vincennes at 5 p.m. Wednesday.