February 21, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College women’s basketball team dropped a 67-50 decision at home to Lake Land College Saturday afternoon.

The Lakers move to 10-5 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference with the win and 18-11 overall. The Vols slip to 6-9 in the league and 11-14 overall.

With a squad reduced to six active players mostly due to injury, the Vols hung tough in the first half, trailing by only seven at the intermission at 36-29.

The Lakers, however, kept running fresh bodies at the Vols in the second half and eventually pulled away to a more comfortable lead.

“I thought we were in great shape at halftime, but we missed some easy shots in the second half,” said Vols head coach Marty Hawkins. “I think fatigue most definitely was a factor.”

Logan struggled mightily from the field, converting only 18-of-65 shot attempts (28 percent). The Vols were shut out from long range (0-of-11). On the plus side, JALC won the rebounding battle, 41-to-27 and committed no more turnovers (13) than their opponent.

Top scorer for the Vols was sophomore center Alison Webb with 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 free throws. She also led the team in rebounds with 14.

The only other player in double figures for Logan was freshman guard Shelby Beussink (12 points). Abbi Denton added six points. Haley Darnell followed with five. She was only 1-of-10 from the field, but did manage to yank down 11 rebounds. Maddie Rigdon had four points and was 1-of-11 from the field.

“This one really didn’t get away from us until late,” Hawkins said. “We just couldn’t hit any threes and Lake Land did (11-of-28). We didn’t get a hand in their face often enough. An uncontested three is a pretty easy shot to make.”

Logan hosts Lincoln Trail at 5 p.m. Wednesday.