February 20, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CENTRALIA - Sophomore McKena Miller poured in a season-high 28 points Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the John A. Logan College women's basketball team fell at Kaskaskia, 84-81.

A Carbondale High School grad, Miller converted 10-of-15 field goal attempts, including two triples, and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. 

The Vols led by as many as 13 points in the first half before the Blue Angels rallied to cut the deficit to four at the intermission at 45-41.

In the second half, Logan was unable to stop the dribble penetration of Kaskaskia's guards and fell behind. The Vols briefly regained the lead at 51-49 on five straight points from Miller, but fell back by nine at the end of the third quarter at 64-55.

A 3-pointer from sophomore Haley Darnell pulled Logan within three late, and after a turnover, the Vols had a chance to tie the game with three seconds left on the clock, but were unable to get a shot off ahead of the buzzer.

"We had a shot at the end," said JALC head coach Amanda Shelby. "We could blame the referees or not for the way the game was called. The bottom line, though is that we did not play with as much energy in the second half as we did in the first half, particularly in that first quarter. We can't let officials' calls get in our head. We can't let that be an excuse for the way that we play."

Joining Miller in double figures were Tiaunna Watkins with 14 points,10 coming in the second half, and Kaili Bacon with 11, all the in the first half.

Gabby Sanders chipped in eight points and Darnell accounted for seven.

"Granted, we would have loved to have this win today, but maybe the loss will serve as a wake-up call to us as we prepare for the postseason," Shelby said.

Now 13-3 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 21-5 overall, the Logan women will travel to Rend Lake for a 5:30 p.m. game on Tuesday.