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.