February 26, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Sophomore center Alison Webb dropped in 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the John A. Logan College women’s basketball team to an 89-79 win over Lincoln Trail Wednesday.

With the win, the Volunteers improve to 7-9 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 12-14 overall. The Lady Statesmen fall to 4-11 in the league and 12-13 overall.

Webb’s double-double was her 11th of the season. She is averaging 20 points and nine rebounds per contest and surpassed the 700 mark for points scored in a career Wednesday. The Goreville product converted 8-of-18 shots from the field against Lincoln Trail, including 2-of-5 from long range. She was 10-of-15 from the free-throw line.

Joining Webb in double figures were a pair of freshmen, Shelby Beussink (22 points on 9-of-15 shooting with 2-of-3 from beyond the arc) and Haley Darnell (17 points on 6-of-8 shooting, 2-of-4).

As a team, Logan knocked down 30-of-62 shots from the field (48 percent); 6-of-13 triples (46 percent); and 23-of-34 free tosses (68 percent). Logan won the rebounding battle, 36-to-27, and only turned the ball over 13 times.

Vols head coach Marty Hawkins, who is finishing up his 17th year as head coach for Logan, was pleased to see his team post a win on his last game as coach on the home floor.

Hawkins had announced his retirement from coaching at the conclusion of this season at Tuesday night’s board meeting.

“This was a great team win,” he said. “Lincoln Trail is a very athletic team that beat us up at their place. They made some runs at us tonight, but we withstood their runs. One of the keys was that we didn’t get in foul trouble. By contrast, we got to the foul line and made our shots. Another key was that we handled the ball well against their trap and didn’t turn it over as much tonight.”

Hawkins praised the play of Webb.

“Alison made some big plays for us. She has that capability.”

Logan wraps up the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee College and will then participate in the Region 24 postseason tournament at Rend Lake College with the opening-round game set for 2 p.m. Tuesday.