By Beau Wicker Pharos-Tribune
---- — It’s a special night for Logansport’s girls basketball team tonight as the Lady Berries are hosting Twin Lakes for senior night at the Berry Bowl.
The night was earlier scheduled to be a boys-girls doubleheader but South Bend Career Academy called Thursday to cancel the boys game. The academy is a charter school that was started in 2011. Its boys basketball team has struggled this season against mostly other charter and small schools.
The Logan-Twin Lakes girls game will have a 6 p.m. JV start time followed by the senior night festivities and varsity game at 7:30 p.m.
Logan senior Whitney Jennings has had one of the best four-year careers not only in Logansport history but state history as well.
The 5-foot-6 point guard is currently 10th all-time in state history in scoring (2,304 points) and fifth in assists (606). Her 353 career steals leave her 24 shy of joining the top 10 in that category, according to HickoryHusker.com.
This season she leads the state in scoring (32.9 ppg), is sixth in assists (6.8 apg) and seventh in steals (5.5 spg). She’s also averaging a career-high 8.4 rebounds per game.
The Iowa-bound Jennings was snubbed on being named a McDonald’s All-American earlier this week even though she’s put up all of her impressive numbers playing at Class 4A Logansport in historically one of the best basketball conferences in the nation, the North Central Conference.
While Jennings gets a lot of the pub, it’s easy for her teammates to sometimes be overshadowed while contributing to a team that has been ranked in the top 20 all season. Classmates Katrina Neuendorf and Samantha Kain will also be honored tonight.
“They’ve done a great job for us,” Logan coach Jerry Hoover said. “They’ve done a great job for us all the way up. I told Neuendorf when she was a freshman she was thinking about swimming and I told her and her mother that if she stuck with it I think she has a chance of playing at the next level and it’s proven out. She is being looked at some Division III schools and I think well-deserved because she can shoot, she’s athletic and she’s an Indiana basketball player.
“Neuendorf brings aggressiveness to the team, physical aggressiveness to the team. Kain brings mental aggressiveness to the team. She in my judgement has done a very good job of keeping the team together and she’s a compassionate person that works with girls that might be feeling a little bad that day. She gets right with them and she’s been just a wonderful captain for us.”
Nakeya Penny adds 18.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Berries. Penny, Kain, Sydney Bullard and Madison Dalton often battle against bigger opponents in the paint for the Berries. Neuendorf, Kennedy Curl and Karli Armstrong provide good athleticism and defense at guard along with Jennings.
The Class 4A No. 11 Berries (14-2) haven’t played since a four-point loss at Carmel 13 days ago.
Twin Lakes enters with a 7-9 record. The Indians are led by junior forward Laurhen Pickett, who is averaging 20.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
“They are a formidable opponent for us,” Hoover said. “The difference is they don’t have a Whitney Jennings and we do. I think Nakeya and Pickett are about even. But I think Dalton is a little better than the player they’ve got for her. I think Kennedy Curl is a little better. We have a little more depth than they do. We’re playing at home. It should, by all measures you look at it, we should be a favorite in the ballgame. But that’s why you play high school basketball games. You never know.”
The Berries travel to Huntington North Saturday afternoon for an NCC game. The Berries are 3-0 in league play this year and have won 17 NCC games in a row.
“We’ll go there with little rest and we certainly didn’t do very well at Carmel with little rest. Same scenario,” Hoover said. “So we’ve got our work cut out for us, there’s no question about that.
“Huntington is a very, very important game for us, because if we don’t beat Huntington, how in the dickens are we going to beat Richmond and Muncie Central on the road? We’re still in the lead for the conference and we’re conference champions and I like that tag and I think the girls like that tag. We’re defending champions and we want to stay that way.”
Logan’s game at Richmond was moved to next Tuesday with a 5 p.m. varsity only start.
The Berries also got news this week they are hosting Class 4A Sectional 7 for the third year in a row. McCutcheon was supposed to host this year but sub-zero temperatures earlier this month caused a break to a sprinkler pipe causing water damage to the court. McCutcheon will have its court replaced this summer, according the Lafayette Journal & Courier. Logan was supposed to host the sectional next year, so there will be a trade with McCutcheon hosting it next year instead.