January 14, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Sophomore forward McKena Miller of Carbondale made a driving lefthanded lay-in basket late in the fourth quarter to give the John A. Logan College women’s basketball team a heart-stopping 74-72 win over visiting Kaskaskia.

The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Volunteers, who improve to 6-1 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and to 12-3 overall.

Miller finished the game with a team-high 23 points. She was 11-of-21 from the field and 1-of-3 from the free-throw line. Three other Vols reached double digits. Sophomore guard Haley Darnell of Goreville and freshman Tiaunna Watkins accounted for 11 each, while freshman Ariel Crump knocked down 10.

Watkins also suffered an ankle injury and missed a good portion of the second half. Her playing status is unknown for this Saturday when Logan plays host to Rend Lake at 1 p.m.

Freshman Kaili Bacon followed with seven points. Aliah Acker dropped in six. Gabby Sanders netted four and Johnna Hines had two.

“I think some of us thought the game was over at the end of the third quarter (11-point Vols’ lead),” said Logan head coach Amanda Shelby. “We got quiet on the bench after Tiaunna went down with the injury, but we kept working at it and managed to come away with a ‘W’.”

Shelby said it would have helped to have Watkins in the lineup when Kaskaskia pressed and trapped all over the floor because of her quickness and ability to handle the ball.

“But I thought Haley Darnell stepped up and did a pretty good job in her absence.”

The Vols connected on 28-of-64 shots from the field (44 percent) and 15-of-26 free throws. The Blue Angels fall to 4-12 with the loss.