“We didn’t execute the way we need to at the end,” Logan coach Jerry Hoover said. “We went to four corners and when you go to four corners you’ve got to make layups or free throws and we didn’t do either one. Then the referees figure out a way to call a couple charges, so the game gets over and it gets out of hand, that’s all.”
The Berries were whistled for four charging calls in the game. Penny was also called for one with 3:03 left when they still led by three.
But the Berries had their chances.
“We had a shot right up to the last second, we had a shot to get it, we just didn’t get them, that’s all,” Hoover said.
Jennings finished with 23 points, six rebounds and five assists in her final game in a Berry uniform. She assisted five of the Berries’ seven made field goals other than her own.
Penny added 17 points and six boards. The only other Berry to reach the scoring column was Sydney Bullard who was 1 of 2 from the foul line and added six rebounds. Madison Dalton added a team-high eight rebounds.
Alexander led the Kingsmen with 13 points and eight rebounds. No other Kingsmen scored over six points in the balanced effort.
The Berries’ initial halfcourt defense was stout. They allowed just 13 field goals in the contest but four were on putbacks and three were on fastbreaks. But for the most part the Berries held their own on the boards against the taller Kingsmen as they were outrebounded 34-30. Each team committed 11 turnovers.
The Kingsmen win with defense and they held the Berries to 15 of 41 shooting from the field (36.6 percent).
Penny said the Kingsmen were the best defensive team she’s seen.
“I don’t think we knew what to do the first half so we came out a little soft,” she said. “We really got off to a slow start. That was one of our worst first halves of basketball and Hoover told us that. We tried to come back strong in the second half.”