November 8, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Three players scored in double figures Saturday to lead the John A. Logan College women’s basketball team past the Danville Jaguars, 75-68, in the finale of the Logan Classic.

With the win, the Vols improve to 4-0 on the season.

Freshman forward Kaili Bacon of Carbondale scored a career-best 19 points to pace the Vols’ offense. She was 8-of-10 from the field, including 2-of-2 from beyond the arc, and 1-of-3 from the free-throw line. She was joined in double figures by Tiaunna Watkins (15) and McKena Miller (14).

Goreville product Haley Darnell checked in with eight points. Ariel Crump donated seven to the cause. Gabby Sanders flipped in six. Sierra Frazier netted four and Ternaecia Ashley had two.

The Vols trailed by 11 at the end of the first quarter (20-9) and by as many as 17 points in the second period before trimming the deficit to 13 at the intermission (37-24).

Logan’s second-half rally was again fueled by its defense, which forced 23 Danville turnovers.

“We didn’t play with much energy in the first half and weren’t hitting our shots,” said Vols head coach Amanda Shelby. “In the second half, we turned it up a notch defensively, especially Sierra Frazier, and we got things going our way.”

Shelby praised the performances of Bacon and Sanders.

“Kaili was a sparkplug for us off the bench today and Gabby turned in a lot of minutes and led us in rebounds with 12.”

Logan made good on 26-of-71 shots from the field (37 percent); 5-of-15 from long range (33 pecent); and 18-of-27 free throws (67 percent). The Vols also won the battle of the boards, 41-to-23.

The Vols next play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mid-South College in West Memphis, Ark.