By Beau Wicker
---- — Lewis Cass girls basketball coach Meranda Burnett was a great point guard in her playing days.
Burnett got a first-hand look at Logansport’s great point guard, Whitney Jennings, on Tuesday at the Logansport Savings Bank Invitational.
Jennings didn’t disappoint, as she had another triple-double for the Berries in their 84-43 win over the Kings.
Jennings finished with 26 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in the win.
“She’s a fantastic player,” Burnett said. “You can just tell she works hard. You don’t become a player like that, you don’t handle the ball like that, you don’t take it to the opponent like that if you don’t practice. You can tell she cares about being that kind of player. You can tell she spends a lot of hours working on her game.
“She’ll make a great college player when she leaves and goes to Iowa.”
Nakeya Penny had 21 points, six rebounds and five assists for Logansport (4-0), ranked No. 7 in Class 4A this week.
Freshman Maddie Dalton added a double-double of 12 points and 12 boards. Katrina Neuendorf scored nine points and Syd Bullard added six.
“I thought people hit shots which was good, which was what we need is other people scoring,” Jennings said. “I didn’t think our defense was very good. We’ve just got to continue to work on it and get better.”
The Berries led 27-8 after one quarter, 53-20 at halftime and 62-26 after three.
“We came out strong,” Jennings said. “They’re a good Lewis Cass team, one of the better teams they’ve had in the past few years. We knew we had to come out early and play well because we didn’t want them to be in the game at all, really.”
The Kings outscored the Berries 17-12 in the final quarter with most of the Berry starters playing deep into the game.
“Finally in the fourth quarter we finally had some kind of spark and it was too late,” Burnett said. “The first three minutes of the game killed us. It was like we were star-struck a little. We’re not used to playing against that aggressive of a guard. It’s not an excuse. We know what kind of caliber of a player that she is. We told them that you’re not going to be able to throw long outlet passes, they’re going to get picked. We ended up doing it.”
Freshman Olivia Collins led the Kings (3-4) with 12 points. Maci Maupin scored 11, Carley Weaver had nine and Savanna Thompson added six. Ashton McClain had eight rebounded and Bailey Gremelspacher added seven.
The Kings have some talented young players and Burnett said they should look up to Jennings’ work ethic.
“It’s players like that I hope that our girls model after. That’s the mentality that I would like to instill in our program someday in the players that we coach,” she said.
The consolations and finals are set for Saturday night.
West Central 56, Winamac 38
Class A, No. 9-ranked West Central came out of the locker room on fire by scoring 16 points in the first quarter to lead Winamac 16-4 in Midwest Conference action. The Warriors (4-3, 0-1 MWC) stayed with the Trojans (4-0, 1-0 MWC) in the second quarter for a 27-15 halftime deficit, but came out of the locker room again to go on a 21-13 run for a 48-28 lead at the end of the third quarter. Winamac finally outscored West Central in the fourth quarter (10-8), but fell 56-38.
“We ran into a very good West Central team that seems to be hitting on all cylinders,” Winamac coach Jeff Wagner said. “It will be difficult for anyone in the conference to be able to upend them this season. Not only do they apply a good defensive pressure, they get up and down the floor really well.”
Stephanie Shorter led Winamac with 22 points, six rebounds and two steals. Bethany Brogdon added eight points, three rebounds and three assists.
Cass 74, Manchester 45
Maci Maupin had 20 points and nine assists to lead the Kings to the win in Walton Monday night.
Olivia Collins added 17 points and was 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Ashton McClain was also in double figures with 10 points.
“It was one of our best games so far. We executed the game plan,” Burnett said. “For the first time we just played basketball. We relaxed and were comfortable and it definitely showed.”
The Kings evened their record to 3-3 with the win, and the Squires dropped to 0-5.