February 2, 2014

Logan hammers Huntington for 18th straight NCC win

Logan hammers Huntington for 18th straight NCC win

By Beau Wicker Pharos-Tribune

---- — HUNTINGTON — Logansport’s girls basketball team put it all together in an impressive win at Huntington North Saturday.

The 13th-ranked Lady Berries recorded a 78-44 win on the road for their 18th straight North Central Conference victory.

“We played like the vision I have in my head of how we’re supposed to play,” Logan coach Jerry Hoover said.

Whitney Jennings said after Friday’s senior night win over Twin Lakes that she was looking for redemption after an off shooting night. She had that an then some, as she was super, scintillating and sensational in recording 36 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds, four blocks and three steals. She was 17 of 27 from the field (63 percent).

“The ringleader is Whitney,” Hoover said. “She controlled the tempo of the game both offensively and defensively.”

Not only did Jennings have a big game, the rest of her teammates did as well. In fact it may have been the best the Berries have played all season, though the highest quality win remains Anderson on Dec. 21.

Nakeya Penny just missed a double-double with 20 points and nine boards, and she added three steals and was 8 of 12 from the field. Sydney Bullard was also in double figures with 12 points and added six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Maddie Dalton had six points on 2 of 5 shooting from 3. Kennedy Curl also knocked down a triple and finished with four points and added three steals. Sam Kain chipped in four rebounds.

“It was good that we got a third scorer in there that Syd got 12,” Hoover said. “Whitney and Nakeya, they’re always going to get theirs or you would think that nine out of 10 nights they’re going to get theirs, but with Syd coming in and I thought Kennedy Curl and Dalton played very well. Everybody played well. There wasn’t anybody that was in the game that did not play well and play what we refer to as Lady Berry Basketball.”

Added Jennings: “Syd played great, Nakeya played well. Maddie, Keya and Kennedy all hit a 3, so it was just a team effort.

“Playing like we did last night, we weren’t very happy with it. So to turn around and play the game we did today, we’re thrilled about it.”

Jennings returned to the scene of the crime when she scored 19 points in the third quarter in a win her sophomore year at HN en route to the first 40-point game of her career. In fact the Berries needed to overcome halftime deficits in each of the last two years to get past the Vikings.

Saturday was a different story as the Berries led wire-to-wire. They led 18-8 after one quarter after Jennings utilized the spin move from heaven and knocked down a shot in the lane as time expired. They led 37-20 at the half after Jennings made a pullup jumper from 17 at the horn. Jennings then found Penny for a layup at the buzzer to end the third quarter for a 58-26 lead.

“My freshman, sophomore and junior year, it’s always been a tough battle with them,” Jennings said. “So we just led from start to finish and I’m really happy to get this win and proud of my team for playing the way we did.

“We just came out really strong. One thing we talked about in the locker room before the game is I feel like we’ve all been playing really tight, and coach Hoover says you can’t play basketball tight. We just came out and everyone looked loose and relaxed and we were having fun. I think that helped us play. We played well.”

Madi Canady led the Vikings (5-9, 1-4) with 11 points and eight boards. Paige Coolman added 10 points and nine rebounds. HN plays a tough schedule in the Fort Wayne area and has wins over Warsaw, Fort Wayne Carroll, Fort Wayne Northrop and Marion this year and was coming off a 45-43 loss at Muncie Central Friday night.

Logan’s game at Richmond (10-9, 2-3) has been moved to Monday, with a 5 p.m. varsity only start. Richmond defeated Marion 53-39 Friday.

The IHSAA girls basketball tournament draw is at 4 p.m. today and will be televised on Fox Sports Indiana.

Logan 56, Twin Lakes 37

While the Berries didn’t quite put on the offensive show they normally do, their efforts were still enough for a 19-point win in front of a big crowd for senior night Friday.

Jennings just missed a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. She added four steals.

Penny added 18 points and four rebounds in the win. Dalton had nine points on 3 of 8 shooting from 3 and added four boards.

Katrina Neuendorf hit a 3 to open the game for the Berries. Kain added four rebounds, as did Bullard. Karli Armstrong hit a 3 in the first half that gave the Berries an early 19-6 lead, and they led 28-18 at halftime and 42-29 after three.

Laurhen Pickett led the Indians (8-10) with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Kassie Hunt also had a double-double with 11 points and 12 boards.

Although it was the final regular-season game in the Berry Bowl barring any late schedule changes, the Berries were awarded to host Class 4A Sectional 7 again this year after McCutcheon’s court was damaged due to a sprinkler pipe break during sub-zero weather conditions.

Jennings said she and her teammates appreciate the fan support.

“There was a great turnout by our community and it meant a lot to me and I’m sure our other seniors to have that turnout. I’ve had great support here the last four years and the numbers have rose every year as far as attendance,” she said. “I want to thank our community for supporting us. It’s been a great four years and hopefully we’ve got a little bit left in us.”