November 2, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Freshman forward Tiaunna Watkins erupted for 25 points and six rebounds Sunday afternoon to lead the John A. Logan College women’s basketball team to an 87-55 non-conference home win over Lincoln Land College of Springfield.

Watkins drained 7-of-11 shots from the field and 11-of-16 free throws to lead the offense.

“I think I’m progressing and getting better as a player,” she said. “Fast-paced basketball is what I’m used to. I think winning these two games this weekend helps us build our team chemistry. We’re becoming more and more like a family. I know I’m loving it here.”

Watkins was joined in double figures by sophomore Haley Darnell (Goreville), Johnna Hines (Murphysboro), and Gabby Sanders with 10 points each.

Carbondale native McKena Miller, a sophomore shooting guard, checked in with nine points and added four rebounds. Freshman forward Kaili Bacon, also of Carbondale, accounted for six points and three rebounds.

Freshmen Cheyenne Abbadusky (Dowell), Aliah Acker and Sierra Frazier tossed in four points apiece. Freshman Ariel Crump added three points and freshman Ternaecia Ashley had two.

The Vols broke open a close game in the second quarter to take a comfortable 15-point lead into the intermission at 42-27. Again, a stifling press was the driving force behind Logan’s surge.

JALC first-year head coach Amanda Shelby was pleased with her team’s effort.

“We were pretty tired coming off the game last night, but we were able to blow things open those last five minutes of the second period,” she said. “And we owe a lot of that surge to the girls we had coming off the bench. They played hard.

“We also had to switch to a 3-2 zone to stay out of further foul trouble,” Shelby said. “Fortunately for us, that scheme worked. They (Loggers) got a lot of one-and-done possessions.”

Now 2-0 overall, the Logan women will play host to Kennedy King at 7 p.m. Friday and then host Danville at 2 p.m. Saturday.