February 9, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – For the first time in the last several years, three John A. Logan College women’s basketball players scored in excess of 20 points in the same game as the Volunteers rolled to a 94-80 non-conference victory Monday evening over Mid-South College of West Memphis, Ark.

Leading the charge for Logan offensively was sophomore standout Alison Webb of Goreville, who poured in 29 points on 13-of-22 shooting from the field, including one triple and 2-of-2 free throws. She also secured a team-best 10 rebounds. It marked the eighth time this season the post player has turned in a double-double with points and rebounds.

Freshman guard Shelby Beussink (Jackson, Mo.) and Haley Darnell (Goreville) each collected 21 points. Beussink was 8-of-14 from the field with one 3-pointer and was 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. She also led the team in steals with four. Darnell was 5-of-7 from the field and 11-of-15 from the charity stripe, while yanking down six rebounds and recording four assists and two steals.

“Ali, Shelby and Haley were certainly on their games tonight. We got a lot of points out of them,” said Vols head coach Marty Hawkins. “Haley’s been getting to the free-throw line a lot of late and she’s a good shooter.”

Hawkins said switching from a man-to-man defense to a zone has kept his players more fresh and out of foul trouble.

“We only have eight healthy players (Sarah Bailey and Kalai Trice are out with leg injuries), so we had to do something,” Hawkins said. “Because of the zone, Mid-South only got 12 free-throw attempts. So, that’s a positive.”

With the win, Logan improves to 10-12 on the season.

Falling just short of double figures Monday for the Vols were freshmen Hailee Lampley and Abbi Denton with eight points apiece. Denton, however, was tops in assists with nine, while cutting her turnovers down to five. Lampley netted five rebounds.

Madelyn Rigdon tacked on six points and Jahkia Holt added one free throw.

As a team, the Vols converted 35-of-63 shots (56 percent), including a sizzling 19-of-32 (59 percent) in the second half. Logan was also 21-of-30 from the line or 70 percent.

Logan hosts Vincennes University at 5 p.m. Wednesday. It will be “Herrin Night” at the college. All Herrin Unit 4 residents get free admission to the game and all students also get a free popcorn and soda compliments of The Bank of Herrin.

“Vincennes is a super team. They beat us pretty bad up there, but we’re a better team now than we were in early January,” Hawkins said. “I’m hopeful we can make it a much better game this time around. It will definitely be a challenge.”