January 28, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The game was over in the first five minutes of play Wednesday as the John A. Logan College women’s basketball team vaulted to a 21-0 lead and rolled to an 82-42 home win over Southwestern Illinois.

Freshman Kaili Bacon led the charge with 24 points. The Carbondale High grad converted 9-of-17 shots from the field, including four triples in five attempts. She also made both free throws she attempted.

She was joined in double figures by freshman Tiaunna Watkins with 19 points. Watkins was 5-of-8 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line.

Sophomore guard Haley Darnell added nine points off the bench. Freshman Cheyenne Abbadusky flipped in six. Ariel Crump, Sierra Frazier, and McKena Miller tacked on five apiece.

The Vols converted 31-of-61 shots from the field and 10-of-21 from beyond the arc. They finished 10-of-15 from the stripe. SWIC had one player reach double figures. Madisyn Sheraka flipped in 15.

Vols first-year head coach Amanda Shelby was pleased with her team’s performance.

“We talked about wanting to play well right off the bat and put this game away…and we were fortunate enough to do just that,” she said. “There were some things we wanted to work on against the zone. Overall, I thought we did a pretty good job.”

Shelby said it’s nice that everyone on the roster got playing time.

“I like it because there are games when some players don’t get into the action, so I was happy it worked out the way it did. Tonight, our starters got everything going for us and the bench kept us on a roll. There was no big lull.”

The Vols, who improve to 9-2 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 15-4 overall, play at Southeastern Illinois at 1 p.m. Saturday.