February 27, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Three players scored in double figures Friday to lead the John A. Logan College women’s basketball team to a convincing 72-56 home win over Lincoln Trail.

With the victory, the Volunteers close out the regular season with a mark of 23-5.

Freshman guard Tiaunna Watkins paced the Vols’ offense with 21 points. She was 5-of-11 from the field with two triples and 9-of-12 from the free-throw line. Carbondale High grad Kaili Bacon stroked the nets for 17 points.

Freshman point guard Ariel Crump posted her second consecutive double-double, accounting for 10 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Haley Darnell of Goreville came off the bench to score seven points. Freshman Gabby Sanders accounted for six. Sophomore McKena Miller of Carbondale was held to four points. Freshman Cheyenne Abbadusky of Elverado High also tallied four. Freshman Sierra Frazier added three.

As a team, the Vols converted 24-of-56 shots for 43 percent, including 7-of-18 treys for 39 percent. They made good on 17-of-20 free throws for 85 percent.

JALC first-year head coach Amanda Shelby was pleased.

“It was nice to send our sophomores out with a ‘W’ tonight,” she said. “It wasn’t really a pretty game, but we shot the ball well from the field and we had 12 offensive rebounds, which was huge. A win’s a win.”

Logan will play host to Rend Lake at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the quarterfinal round of the District 16 tournament. The semifinals and finals will be held at Rend Lake.