January 21, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

ROBINSON - Freshman forward Tiaunna Watkins poured in 30 points and freshman teammates Kaili Bacon and Ariel Crump added double-doubles Wednesday to lead the John A. Logan College women's basketball team to a convincing 75-50 road win over Lincoln Trail.


With the win, Logan improves to 8-1 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and is 14-3 overall.
Bacon finished with 13 points and as many rebounds. Crump had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Also scoring points were: McKena Miller-9; Ternaecia Ashley-4; Haley Darnell-3; Cheyenne Abbadusky-3; and Aliah Acker-2.

The Vols led 19-9 after one period; 34-24 at the half; and 49-37 after three periods before outscoring the host school, 26-13 over the final 10 minutes.

A wild end to the first half halted Lincoln Trail’s momentum and perhaps cost the Statesmen the game.

After two free throws pulled Trail within four points at 28-24, the Vols inbounded. Miller got the ball across the halfcourt line and put up a 35-foot heave. The shot was off the mark, but an official ruled that she was fouled on the play as time expired.

Statesmen head coach Scott Sparks vehemently argued the call and was assessed two technical fouls.

Watkins made three of the four technical free throws and Miller made all three of her free throws from the foul that was called adding six points to the scoreboard for the Vols.

Trail never recovered.

Logan head coach Amanda Shelby was pleased with her team’s effort.

“It’s always hard to come up here and play. It’s a three-hour trip and Trail is always competitive, so I’m quite proud of our girls.”

Shelby said that in order to win the conference, it was important to get this key road victory.

“Going 8-1 in the first half of our league schedule is pretty darn good. There are some things we still need to work on…like cutting down on our turnovers. Committing 24 tonight is way too many. But, we’re making improvement as a team. I still don’t think we have reached our potential just yet.”
The Vols play host to Shawnee at 1 p.m. Saturday.