Pharos-Tribune

Breaking News

Local Sports

February 11, 2013

No. 4 Berries take care of business

Big favorite Logansport rolls to sectional title

Logansport girls basketball coach Jerry Hoover has been around high school basketball for a long time.

So he knows that come tournament time big upsets happen every year. When his Berries were able to pull away in the second half to a 58-36 win over Kokomo on Saturday night at the Berry Bowl to secure the sectional championship, Hoover sounded very relieved.

“I’m really happy with the team. I thought we played a very good second half,” he said.

The Class 4A No. 4 Berries (24-1) entered the sectional as the big favorite having defeated every team in the field in the regular season by at least a 22-point margin. In sectional play, they handled McCutcheon 48-21, Harrison 75-48 and Kokomo 58-36. In doing so, like they have all season, they showed the ability to win in a variety of different ways.

Against Kokomo, the Berries led just 23-21 at halftime. They had chances at different points to break open a decent-sized lead in the first half, but they had some shots that didn’t fall while the Wildkats hit some big shots to keep it close.

In the second half, star guard Whitney Jennings, held to just two points in the first half, exploded for nine points in the third quarter to help the Berries create some separation. Rachel Jennings also hit two big 3-pointers in the frame to help the Berries go up 45-32 after three.

The Berries ended up outscoring the Wildkats 35-15 in the second half.

“We said at the half we need to get her going. We didn’t tell the girls that we needed to get Whit going, but the coaches all said we need to get her going,” Hoover said. “I thought she did a great job of getting herself going because on the break she just pulled back and she was perfectly relaxed knocking down those 15 footers, and those 15 footers are daggers in the heart of the opponent. And Rachel knocked down a couple of big 3s to get us going right at the start of the third.”

Another star of the game for the Berries was Nakeya Penny, who scored a career-high 24 points in the contest. Her previous career high was 23 in a game at Richmond last season as a freshman.

Penny was 9 of 13 from the field and 6 of 8 from the foul line. The 5-foot-11 sophomore showed the ability to take the ball to basket off the bounce and is a crafty finisher around the hoop.

“We’ve been trying to get her for two years to go to the basket,” Hoover said. “When she turns and faces and starts to go to the basket, she’s got a variety of finger rolls and so forth that she’ll get the ball in the basket and get the foul.”

Logansport public address announcer Greg Dominick has often yelled, “Penny! To the hoop for 2,” since 2007, the last time Logan won a sectional during Nakeya’s older sister Jasmine’s freshman season for the Berries. Jasmine is now a standout player at DePaul and is Logan’s all-time leading scorer on the girls side. Nakeya’s older brother Antonio is set to become Logan’s No. 2 all-time leading scorer on the boys side during tonight’s game at Winamac. And with the way Nakeya has played in her first two seasons for the Berries, Dominick probably better get his voice ready for many more of those calls.

Kiley Victor, as she has been all season, was another key for the Berries. She grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and added three points in the win.

“And then again, always the unsung hero is Victor, rebound after rebound, defense after defense, rebound after rebound, defense after defense,” Hoover said. “She’s pushing on a girl that’s at least 75, 80 pounds bigger than she is and she’s getting them rooted out of there. She did a great job inside defensively.”

Krista Kyyroenen scored five quick points in the second quarter to help build up an early lead for the Berries. Madyson Price and Sydney Bullard also played key minutes in the win.

Hoover thought a big stat against the Wildkats was that the Berries outrebounded them 35-26 for the game.

“I told them if we win the boards, I thought we’d win,” he said.

The Berries’ recent success against Kokomo illustrates how strong the program has been in recent years. The Berries have defeated the Wildkats five times in a row and have won eight of the last 12 meetings since the 2007 season.

Hoover said he knew his squad would have to beat the 14-win Wildkats squad to win the sectional title.

“When I saw them play McCutcheon, I came back and I told the girls they are not the same team. Kokomo is the team for us that we’re going to have to beat,” he said. “Always before we could press them and beat them. But they’ve got people in there now that do a pretty good job against the press. They’re big. Then [Saturday], they shot the 3 pretty well. They’re a much-improved basketball team. We’re just happy to win this thing.”

The Berries won their 10th sectional title, the first since 2007 and the second in the class sports era.

Since the 2007 season, the Berries have gone 132-31 (.810 winning percentage), which includes going 39-10 (.796) in North Central Conference play. They’ve won three NCC titles in that time including two in a row. Their four NCC titles overall are the fourth most in conference history, as Kokomo leads the way with 14. The Berries have gone 10-6 (.625) in IHSAA Tournament play since 2007.

Logan faces Fort Wayne Snider at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Kokomo Regional at Memorial Gymnasium. Fort Wayne South faces No. 10 Westfield in the noon semifinal. The final is set for 8 p.m.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Colts adapt to new arsenal

    ANDERSON — Dwayne Allen didn’t often recognize the Indianapolis Colts offense he was watching from the sideline last season.The third-year tight end suffered a season-opening hip injury in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders, then watched as left guar

    July 28, 2014

  • NWS-PT072514 Patacsil-kmv Logan coaching legend Patacsil dies at 86 Logansport and Purdue University lost a giant among sports leaders Wednesday. Former Purdue great and former Logansport High School wrestling coach and educator Joe Patacsil passed away in his home.When his sons were leading the Berries wrestling pro

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - PT072414 - PT Colts - pic COLTS: Wayne arrives in IndyCar for camp Ed Carpenter woke up to rain Wednesday morning and briefly worried his big opportunity might be lost. But the two-time Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter's fear proved to be unfounded. He delivered Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne safely to Anderson University at the wheel of a two-seat IndyCar.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - PT072414 - PT Tom Lindley column - column sig LINDLEY: Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods Even when Tiger Woods finished 23 shots behind the winner and 69th overall at the British Open, he was one of the featured topics in stories coming out of Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • NEWCOM: State parks offer fun times at reasonable prices Summer is in full swing and many people are taking trips as part of their summer vacations. You can venture near to home or far away, but the trip is only as good as you and your family make it. The amusement parks and beaches in Florida are nice, but many of us cannot swing those trips these days. The good news is that there are many good state parks in Indiana to enjoy and they are affordable.

    July 24, 2014

  • Sports briefs for Thursday, July 24 The Logansport 11-year-old all-star team will play in the Cal Ripken Ohio Valley Regional next week in Lexington, Kentucky. A fundraising carwash is planned to help the team offset the trip's expenses.

    July 24, 2014

  • SPL - PT072314 - PT Colts - pic COLTS: Let's go camping There's a different kind of buzz surrounding the Indianapolis Colts as they prepare to report for training camp today at Anderson University.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-PT072314 - Caston Burrus mug.jpg Caston tabs Burrus as girls hoops coach Caston hired Joel Burrus as its new girls basketball coach at Tuesday’s school board meeting.Burrus, 26, is a coach’s son and already has several years of experience in coaching, all on the boys side. He said he’s looking forward to coaching girls ba

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - PT072314 - PT Ken de la Bastide column - column sig DE LA BASTIDE: Brickyard has many contenders Before the winner of this Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway gets the chance to kiss the bricks, media members will be complaining about the race.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs for Wednesday, July 23 Caston High School's athletic department will have sports tickets on sale starting Monday and continuing until Aug. 11. After that, tickets can be purchased in the bookstore or at the first home events.

    July 23, 2014

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Poll

Should grocery and convenience stores be allowed to sell cold beer?

Yes
No
Unsure
     View Results
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.