January 16, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College women’s basketball team overcame a 14-point third-period deficit to defeat visiting Rend Lake Saturday, 57-55.

With the win, the Vols improve to 7-1 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and to 13-3 overall.

The Warriors fall to 3-5 in the league and to 7-7 overall.

Freshman forward Kaili Bacon, who had struggled with her shot in recent games, hit the game-winning shot down the stretch and finished with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. The Carbondale High grad was also 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.

Leading scorer was sophomore guard Haley Darnell of Goreville with 16 points. She was 4-of-9 from the field, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line.

No other Logan player reached double figures. Freshman Cheyenne Abbadusky (Elverado) dropped in eight points in a reserve role. Freshman Tiaunna Watkins also hit for eight. Sophomore McKena Miller of Carbondale netted five. Gabby Sanders and Ariel Crump chipped in three each.

The Warriors were led by Dana Rubenacker’s 22 points. Jada Ballew tacked on 17.

The score was tied at 11 after one period. Rend Lake took a 32-22 lead into the intermission and the Vols hacked the deficit to four by the end of the third period at 46-42.

JALC first-year head coach Amanda Shelby was pleased to add another victory to the season total.

“The kids are giving me gray hair with all these come-from-behind wins,” she said. “But I have always believed in this team. They always seem to find a way to come back. They find an extra gear over and over again. Today, they dug in and got the job done.”

Shelby said Darnell’s play, especially her long-distance shooting helped turn the game around.

“I had a bad first half, but my second half was much better,” Darnell said. “Our team never gives up.”

Freshman guard Johnna Hines of Murphysboro suffered an apparent ankle injury and missed the second half to get an x-ray. Her playing status for next week is unknown.

Logan hits the road to Robinson Wednesday to take on Lincoln Trail College.