Penny hit a 3 to start the fourth quarter to give the Berries a 30-27 lead, and Penny blocked a shot that led to a three-point play for Jennings on the other end of the court to give Logan a six-point lead with seven minutes left to play.
The Berries are usually lethal with a fourth-quarter lead, but they hit just 2 of 8 free throws in the final 4:19 that cost them a chance at icing the game at the line. They led by five points with just over 3:30 left to play but were unable to hold on.
Penn, meanwhile, got to the basket three times for scores in the final 3:30 and made 9 of 14 free throws in the final 4:39 after making 4 of 7 over the first 27 minutes of the game.
Penn went 13 of 21 from the line for the game to Logan’s 10 of 17 in what was a pretty even game statistically.
The Kingsmen had a much more balanced scoring attack but the Berries did show how much they had improved since the start of the season defensively. Like Jennings and Penny, Sydney Bullard, Kennedy Curl and Maddie Dalton all came up with big steals and rebounds throughout the contest. They also showed good fitness by all playing almost the entire game.
“Our defense was pretty good,” Jennings said. “Our defense kept improving over the year.”
The Berries trailed 14-2 early in the second quarter and 19-12 at halftime. Jennings said she took it upon herself to get them back into the game.
“I think in the first half I was playing timid, I guess, because the second half I just decided that I was going to go to the basket. I had to do something, so it’s just kind of what I decided,” she said. “The mindset in the first half was we weren’t attacking very well and the second half we knew we had to.”