“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.