December 12, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

VINCENNES, IND. -  The John A. Logan College women's basketball team pulled to within a point of Vincennes in the waning seconds Saturday, nearly overcoming a 20-point deficit, but fell to the Trailblazers, 74-70, in Region 24 play. 

The Vols even had a chance to tie or win the game late, but turned the ball over.

The loss was Logan's first of the season as the Vols fall to 11-1 overall and 5-1 in the region. 

Top scorer for JALC was Tiauanna Watkins with 27 points. She tallied 19 of those points in the second half. 

McKena Miller followed with 15 points. Kaili Bacon and Haley Darnell tacked on 10 each. 

Vols' head coach Amanda Shelby was proud of her team's effort.

Logan trailed at each quarter break: 24-18, 35-24 and 58-44.

"We came back on them, but it was a little too late," she said. "We came out flat against their zone, which gave them too many lay-ups."

Shelby said Watkins stepped up her game despite battling a shoulder injury.

"She worked hard in the paint, drew a lot of fouls, and hit a lot of free throws. We just couldn't overcome our poor play in the third quarter." 

Logan closes out the first half of the season at noon Saturday against nationally ranked Mineral Area College.