LAFAYETTE — Not only has Logansport’s girls basketball team been one of the top teams in the state in recent years, the Berries have proven to be a resilient bunch.
Last season the Berries recovered from their only regular-season loss with a win over a Hamilton Southeastern squad that featured eventual national player of the year Taya Reimer. On Saturday the Berries bounced back from a loss to Gary West on a buzzer-beater earlier in the week by rolling a ranked Lafayette Central Catholic squad.
The Class 4A No. 6 Berries led by as much as 33 points late in an 84-61 win over the Class A No. 7 Knights.
Logan coach Jerry Hoover was pleased with how his squad played against the Knights (6-3), a perennial Class A power in all sports.
“Anybody that knows anything about basketball knows that this is a tough place to play,” he said. “There isn’t anybody that wants to come here and play. So I thought it was fine.
“We played better defense today than we have in awhile.”
Hoover went down the list of his entire team when saying who played well.
The Berries (12-1), who played their fifth game in eight days, started faster than they did in the loss to Gary West. They also defended for four quarters and rebounded much better — they outrebounded the Knights 45-36 for the contest. And it always helps when the shots fall.
Whitney Jennings bounced back from an off shooting night with a sensational 20-for-29 shooting performance from the field. The 5-5 senior finished with 44 points, 15 rebounds, seven steals, four assists and two blocks.
She is now the 12th all-time leading scorer in state history with 2,234 points. She is also fifth in career assists with 578 according to HickoryHusker.com.
Nakeya Penny added 18 points, six rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals in the win. Maddie Dalton was also in double figures with 10 points. Kennedy Curl had five points and seven boards. Sam Kain had four points, and Sydney Bullard added three points and six boards.