January 31, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

HARRISBURG - The John A. Logan College women's basketball team rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit (40-31) to defeat host Southeastern Illinois Saturday afternoon, 77-64.

With the win, the Volunteers improve to 10-2 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and to 16-4 overall. SIC falls to 3-8 in league play and to 11-11 overall.

Freshmen Kaili Bacon and Tiaunna Watkins led the comeback charge with a combined 19 points in the third period as Logan retook the lead at 59-56 going into the final stanza. The Vols then added to their lead over the final 10 minutes as sophomore McKena Miller warmed to the task with a pair of 3-pointers and tallied 10 of her 20 points.

Bacon was high scorer with 23 points. Watkins finished with 13. Ariel Crump added eight. Haley Darnell accounted for five points. Cheyenne Abbadusky netted four. Gabby Sanders and Ternaecia Ashley totaled two apiece.

The Falcons were led by the 16 points of Vienna native, Maranda Chance.

Vols head coach Amanda Shelby was relieved with the strong second-half output.

"In that first half, we didn't have enough energy or effort," she said. "We knew that would have to change if we wanted to come back and win this ballgame. Fortunately, we were able to get things going in the second half. We did a much better job of rebounding and putting pressure on their defenders because we moved the ball around and had better shot selection."

Shelby said the Carbondale duo of Bacon and Miller continues to turn heads.

"They really got the job done for us in the second half. They were hitting their shots and coming away with some turnovers and rebounds on the other end. They did a great job like they almost always do."

Logan returns to action at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Land College in Mattoon.