February 11, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College women’s basketball team won its fifth straight game and eighth of its last nine Wednesday night, defeating Vincennes University, 66-56. It was the Vols’ 19th win of the season against only four losses and avenged a 74-70 defeat to the Trailblazers on Dec. 12.

JALC first-year head coach Amanda Shelby was pleased with the victory.

“Much like the Wabash Valley game the other day, we came out with great intensity and really got after it defensively,” she said. “And other than one lapse late in the second quarter (11-0 run by the visitors over the final three minutes), we played extremely well.”

The Vols broke free from a 31-29 lead at the break to take a double-digit lead midway through the second half and maintained the advantage.

Freshman Tiaunna Watkins paced the offense with 17 points. She was 6-of-12 from the field, including one 3-pointer, and was 4-of-6 from the free-throw line.

Sophomore McKena Miller of Carbondale followed with 16 points. She was 4-of-12 from the field with two triples in five attempts, and 6-of-7 from the stripe.

Sophomore Haley Darnell of Goreville checked in with nine points, including a key trifecta late in the game when Vincennes made a run at Logan. Kaili Bacon accounted for eight points and yanked down six rebounds.

Freshman center Gabby Sanders flipped in seven points and tied for the team lead in rebounds with seven. Freshman guard Ariel Crump had five points and seven rebounds from her point guard position. Freshman Cheyenne Abbadusky (Elkville) added three points and Sierra Frazier had one.

Vincennes was led by Marley Miller’s 19 points.

Logan returns to action Saturday at Olney, a 73-66 winner over the Vols on Jan. 6.

“We’d like to avenge that loss,” Shelby said. “They’re a very talented team, having played Vincennes to a four-point game. It’s all about intensity. We can’t let up. We have to keep bringing it every night out.”