December 3, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Freshman forward Kaili Bacon tickled the twine for 33 points Wednesday to lead the John A. Logan College women’s basketball team to a convincing 78-59 win over visiting Lake Land College of Mattoon in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play.

The Volunteers improve to 4-0 in the league and 9-0 overall. It marks the best start to a season for the women in 20 years.

The “Baconator” finished the night converting 16-of-27 shots from the field, including one from long range. She had no free-throw attempts. Additionally, the Carbondale High grad yanked down five rebounds and came away with a team-best four steals.

“They made the mistake of leaving me wide open a lot tonight and I can shoot,” Bacon said. “I can hit threes, but I am most comfortable 12-to-15 feet out. That’s my shot.”

Vols first-year head coach Amanda Shelby was pleased with her team’s play, particularly defensively.

“We worked a lot in practice on our man-to-man defense and I think it went well for us,” she said. “We forced 21 turnovers. We knew Lake Land would come hard at us in the second half, but we were able to hold them off. It helped that we had a comfortable lead on them.”

Logan led 46-27 at the intermission. As a team, the Vols made good on 32-of-70 shots (46 percent) and 12-of-17 free throws (71 percent).

Tiaunna Watkins joined Bacon in double figures with 10. McKena Miller tacked on eight. Haley Darnell notched seven. Cheyenne Abbadusky added six. Johnna Hines had five. Ariel Crump and Gabby Sanders netted three each.

Logan returns to action at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Mount Carmel against perennial league power, Wabash Valley.