November 14, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

WEST MEMPHIS, ARK. - Carbondale High School graduate Kaili Bacon exploded for 23 points and teammate, Tiaunna Watkins, dropped in 20 to pace the John A. Logan College women's basketball team to a thrilling 68-64 road win over Mid-South College Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Vols overcame an 11-point first-half deficit to improve to 5-0 on the season under first-year head coach Amanda Shelby.

"It seemed like we couldn't make a basket or free throw to save our lives in the first half and we were down two at the break," Shelby said. "We were also in a lot of foul trouble. Fortunately, things picked up for us offensively in the second half. We took a two-point lead with 19 seconds to play and then got a big steal defensively from McKena Miller (Carbondale) that resulted in a flagrant foul."

Miller was injured on the play and had to be replaced by freshman Cheyenne Abbadusky (Dowell), who calmly sank both free tosses. She finished 8-of-8 from the charity stripe.

"We may not have played well in the first half, but we played hard the whole way and never gave up, even when we struggled to make a shot," Shelby said. "Give Mid-South credit. They're a good team. We will have to play with great intensity from start to finish in the games ahead because the competition will be fierce in our conference." Logan will next play at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Shawnee in Region 24 play and at 1 p.m. Saturday in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.