January 7, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Poor shooting from the field and too many turnovers resulted in a loss Wednesday for the John A. Logan College women’s basketball team as the Vols fell at home to Olney, 73-66.

It was the first defeat in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference (5-1) for Logan and the third straight defeat for a Vols’ squad that now stands 11-3 overall.

“We started out pretty well (Logan led 19-10 after one period) tonight, but just didn’t seem to have the energy for four quarters that we needed,” said JALC first-year head coach Amanda Shelby.

Olney outscored the Vols 20-11 over the next 10 minutes to go into the break tied at 30.

“I thought Olney wanted the game more than we did and it showed at the end. It was like we were playing in slow motion at times. Defensively, I think we were still on the (holiday) break.”

Logan placed four players in double figures as led by freshman forward Tiaunna Watkins’ 17 points. She was 5-of-11 from the field, including 2-of-6 from beyond the arc, and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.

Carbondale’s McKena Miller followed with 15 points. She was 6-of-15 from the field and 3-of-7 from long range. Haley Darnell of Goreville dropped in 14 points and Ariel Crump added 10, but was only 3-of-12 from the field.

Carbondale product, Kaili Bacon, struggled all night offensively, finishing with three points. She was 1-of-11 from the field.

As a team, the Vols connected on a subpar 20-of-65 shots (31 percent). They were OK from long distance (8-of-25 for 32 percent) and good from the free-throw line (18-of-22 for 82 percent).

Olney was led by Weslee Wilson’s 20 points. Hannah Resler, who made only one shot on the night, ended up making the game-winner, a 3-pointer with 2:30 left in the game to break a 59-all tie.

Logan is off the rest of the week and will be back on the home floor next Wednesday against Kaskaskia. Game time is 5 p.m. It will be “Carterville Night,” meaning that all residents of the Unit 5 district get free admission to the game and all students of the district also get a free popcorn and soda compliments of The Bank of Herrin.