March 4, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

INA - The John A. Logan College women's basketball team put up a good fight, but couldn't quite keep pace with Vincennes Thursday, falling to the second-seeded Trailblazers, 66-57, in semifinal round action of the District 16 Tournament at Rend Lake.

The Volunteers trailed at each quarter break: 21-17, 30-29, and 47-40. They closed to within three points in the fourth quarter twice at 54-51 on a 3-pointer from sophomore Haley Darnell and 56-53 on a lay-in basket by Gabby Sanders.

"I thought we had a lot more energy in the first half," said Vols first-year head coach Amanda Shelby. "In the second half, we weren't doing a good job of attacking their zone and that led to a lack of free-throw opportunities. And that's one of the things that we like to do - get to the line."

Despite the loss, Shelby said she was proud of her team's accomplishments as the Vols finished 24-6, the best record in several years at Logan.

"We're a young group, so we will have a lot of players back next year, and hopefully, losing this game today will leave a bad taste in their mouths and will serve as a driving force next year."

As for the sophomores - McKena Miller of Carbondale and Darnell of Goreville - Shelby was impressed with their contributions.

"I wish I could have them for two more years," Shelby said. "They're the heart and soul of this team. They give us great leadership.I'm going to be sad to see them go, but at least we were able to send them out on a positive note with a great season."

Logan was led offensively by Tiaunna Watkins' 21 points. She was 7-of-9 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. Miller followed up with 18 points. Ariel Crump chipped in seven. Sanders had six. Darnell accounted for three and Kaili Bacon finished with two.