November 7, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Tiaunna Watkins exploded for 32 points and Carbondale native, McKena Miller, followed with 19 to lead the John A. Logan College women’s basketball team to a lopsided 94-60 win over Chicago’s Kennedy King Friday evening in opening round play of the Logan Classic.

Watkins was 9-of-20 from the field and 14-of-15 from the free-throw line to lead the offense. The freshman from Hot Springs, Ark. also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and added two steals.

Miller was 6-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-4 from long range, and a perfect 4-of-4 from the line. She also had five rebounds. No other Vol reached double figures.

“I’m really enjoying playing back here at home and representing Logan,” Miller said. “I didn’t really like to shoot the three that much in high school, but at this level, you really have to learn how to shoot it if you’re going to play guard. I’ve been working on my shot a lot in practice, and luckily, my shots fell tonight.”

Sophomore Haley Darnell of Goreville dropped in eight points with a perfect 2-of-2 from downtown. Freshmen Johnna Hines of Murphysboro and Kaili Bacon of Carbondale netted seven points apiece. Sierra Frazier added six.

Logan head coach Amanda Shelby was pleased with her team’s performance.

“I was curious to see how we would respond against Kennedy King’s athleticism and talent and I thought we stood up and did a great job,” she said. “In the second quarter, we turned on the turbos and took off.”

Shelby said defensive pressure was the defense.

“Whether it was our diamond press or trap, we moved our feet really well and stuck it to them,” she said.

Logan led 46-29 at the break. The Vols made good on 31-of-83 shots from the field for 37 percent, but were better from beyond the arc (7-of-15 or 47 percent). The host school also knocked down a respectable 25-of-37 free throws or 68 percent.

Kennedy King was paced offensively by Tashawn Ducker’s 21 points. Jacqueline Arnold added 14.

Logan is now 3-0 and will host Danville, an overtime winner over Southeastern Illinois Friday, at 2 p.m. today to conclude tournament play.