“I think it’s just an indication of her overall ability and I’m happy for her,” he said. “Let’s not make any mistake about this. Who’s in the gym the most? Who spends the most time at it? I’m talking about year after year, day after day, month after month, week after week. Who has spent the most time? If there’s a lesson to be passed along to the younger players it’s that there are no free lunches in this world.
“I’ve been around some really good players. Because I was around the college game at Purdue we had good players and I saw good players. And then every place that I’ve gone that I’ve seen a good player I’ve asked about it, ‘well what about it?’ And invariable the word comes back that they spent the time at it to be good.”
Jennings is averaging 34.9 points, 7.3 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 6.1 steals per game this season. Nakeya Penny averages 16.6 ppg and 6.0 rpg. Maddie Dalton adds 5.9 ppg and 4.9 rpg, and Syd Bullard is at 5.8 ppg and 5.3 rpg.
The Berries will be without senior starter Katrina Neuendorf, Hoover said.
“We’re going to be short a player. Katrina has got a brother that is getting married on Saturday in Minnesota, so she can’t be here. She’s really coming along and playing very well and really helping us. We’re going to miss her. It just makes us short-handed,” he said.
Anderson’s two losses are to Class 4A No. 2 Lawrence North and North Central. The Indians have wins over Indianapolis Chatard, Muncie South, Muncie Central, Mount Vernon (Fortville) and Richmond. They are coming off an 84-33 drubbing of Richmond.
The Indians have seven players averaging over 5 ppg — Chelsea Bentley (14.6 ppg), Da’Sha Boyd (13.7), Ania Daniels (10.7), Dabronia Williams (9.1), Samia Carter (7.9), Jacie Dickerson (6.6) and Kez’Anique Gosha (5.6). They have five players averaging over 4 rebounds per contest, led by Shantez Goolsby with 4.8. Carter adds a team-high 5.3 apg and 2.4 spg.