Pharos-Tribune

Local Sports

February 8, 2014

Lady Berries top Muncie Central for 20th NCC win in a row

Logan wins league title outright for 3rd straight year.

MUNCIE — The North Central Conference winning streak remains alive.

Whitney Jennings made sure of it.

Jennings and the Lady Berries recorded a 71-62 win at Muncie Central Friday night for their 20th NCC win in a row.

The Class 4A No. 11 Berries (19-2, 6-0 NCC) completed their third straight perfect season in league play in their final regular-season game of the year.

“We’re really excited to have gone undefeated in the North Central Conference for three years in a row,” Jennings said.

Playing at the historic Muncie Fieldhouse, it was vintage Jennings. The Miss Basketball candidate just missed another quadruple-double with 36 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and nine steals.

She was 12 of 21 from the field (57.1 percent), 2 of 4 from 3 and 10 of 13 from the foul line against a Bearcats squad that had lost just one other game all season with star sophomore Jayla Scaife in the lineup — at Greenfield-Central on Jan. 29.

The Berries had a very strong start to the game. They led 19-5 after Jennings made a jumper off a spin move just 4:40 into the contest.

“I wanted to get this one really bad,” Jennings said. “I just told everyone coming out that we needed to play with intensity the whole entire game and we never let up. They made a run on us the first half but we kept our composure and we were fine.”

The Bearcats (14-5, 3-3), more known for their volleyball than girls basketball, showed they will be a team to be reckoned with in coming years and this year as well.

“Scaife’s one of the best players in the state, definitely,” Jennings said. “They have a great team. We knew that coming in here. It was a fun battle all night.”

The Bearcats have the ability to score in bunches and they cut the Berries lead to 40-34 at halftime on Jessica Rowe’s running 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Logan coaches argued that Rowe did not get the shot off in time but to no avail.

Scaife’s three-point play at the end of the third quarter made it a 56-50 Logan lead entering the fourth.

The Bearcats got to within five points late when Jennings whipped around a pass to freshman Madison Dalton who knocked down a jumper to make it 66-59 with 1:50 remaining.

“She scared me. I thought she should have taken another dribble and made a layup and she shoots a 15-footer,” Jennings said with a laugh.

The Berries were able to hold on from there.

Nakeya Penny once again came up big with 23 points and six rebounds. She made an 18-foot jumper with 6:00 left in the game after Muncie had gotten to within three points.

Sydney Bullard had seven points and five rebounds in the win. Dalton finished with five points including a long 3-pointer to start the game.

The Berries became patient with the ball down the stretch and won the game at the foul line. They made 10 of 14 free throws in the final quarter and outscored the Bearcats 17-8 from the line for the game. They also forced 14 turnovers while committing just five.

“I was really pleased with the way Whit, Nakeya and Syd showed leadership out there taking care of the ball and doing the things we want them to do in order to get the win,” Logan coach Jerry Hoover said.

Scaife led the Bearcats with 21 points and eight rebounds. Rowe had 18 points and seven boards, and Savannah Jackson scored 17 points.

The Berries applied a box-and-one on Scaife and Hoover credited Kennedy Curl and Katrina Neuendorf for helping to hold her to 21 points, three under her average.

“That’s fine, because if she gets 36 we’re in trouble. She can get that on us if we don’t use some special defense,” he said. “Looking at the stats, they shot better than they’ve shot all year long. They’ve got senior night, it’s here at home, and they wanted to beat us. They played very, very well.”

“We’ve got to turn our attention to the tournament. We’ve got two days to get ready for McCutcheon. McCutcheon will be just like this, they’re going to hold the ball on us, shoot lights out and we’ll just see what happens.”

The Berries have closed the season strong, winning four games in a row on the road, all in the last week.

They’re returning home to face McCutcheon (11-10) at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Class 4A Logansport Sectional.

McCutcheon has also finished strong, recording wins over Kokomo and Benton Central in recent games with a narrow loss at No. 17 Westfield.

“Coach Knoy does a great job with them,” Jennings said. “I think he’s one of the best coaches in the state. Every single time I’ve played them in my high school career they’ve always thrown something completely different at us. Last year they stalled. The first game we played them this year they threw two people at me at halfcourt. So I never know what he’s going to do but we’ve got to be ready for everything.

“We want to repeat as sectional champs so we really need to get focused and get ready to go.”

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • 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

  • SPL - PT072214 - PT Tom Lindley column - pic LINDLEY: Posturing, predictions fly as SEC turns to a new season There’s plenty to enjoy about the Southeastern Conference’s annual cattle call in Hoover, Alabama, where media of every description join players and coaches from each of the league’s 14 football teams to discuss the coming season. The best aspect is that it serves as the official kickoff of the new season. The long wait is over.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sports briefs for Monday, July 21 The 2015 Winamac softball team will take on a team of former Winamac players in the Warriors' second annual alumni game on Saturday at the Town Park. There will be a pair of five-inning games beginning at 5:30 p.m.

    July 21, 2014

  • Logansport 10s fall in extra inning at Cal Ripken state tourney It took an extra inning to decide a winner and when it was over the local Logansport 10-year-old all-star team was eliminated from Cal Ripken State Tournament play with a 9-8 loss to Hammond on Saturday.This was a back-and-forth exciting game that ju

    July 20, 2014

  • Logan 13s eliminated by a run The Logansport 13-year-old all-star team nearly pulled off the come-from-behind win over South Bend Harris Friday night at Steinman Field but came up short as the Logan kids were eliminated from Babe Ruth state tournament play with an 8-7 loss to Har

    July 20, 2014

  • Sports briefs for Friday, July 18 Pioneer to sell tickets for Lucas Oil visitROYAL CENTER — Pioneer High School will be selling tickets for its football game against Winamac at Lucas Oil Stadium on Aug. 30. The game starts at noon, and is part of a four-game schedule that day.Tickets

    July 18, 2014

  • Sports brief for Thursday, July 17 Caston announces fall practice timesFULTON — Caston’s athletic department has announced times and dates for its first fall practices and conditioning. All student athletes in grades 6-12 must have a physical and signed concussion papers turned into t

    July 17, 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
Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City
Poll

The Pence administration continues to cut Indiana agency budgets despite a state surplus of $2 billion. Is this wise management of state funds?

Yes
No
Not sure
     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.