Whitney Jennings had already made quite a name for herself in basketball circles around town before she even entered high school.
There were stories that a little blonde girl was tearing up middle school competition, single-handedly dominating teams. There were also tales that she could more than hold her own against much older, high level competition.
Well, not much changed when she got to high school at Logansport. And each year, due to her impeccable work ethic — not to mention elite athleticism and skill level — she just kept getting better and better.
It all culminated this year with the fulfillment of her dream of being named Miss Basketball.
“Being named Miss Basketball was just a great way to end my high school career,” she said. “With everything that we accomplished as a team here the last four years and to go out on that note with a regional championship and Miss Basketball is just a good feeling.”
Jennings is the first from Logansport and Cass County to earn the state’s top honor in basketball. She is also the first four-time Loganland Player of the Year in any sport.
Logansport coach Jerry Hoover will certainly miss running Jennings out every night. He, like the rest of Logansport, took a lot of pride in how good she was.
“No question. My gosh, 32 points, seven assists and eight rebounds,” he said. “I mean 32 points, seven assists is another 15 points, so you’re talking about 47 points that you can scribble in your book every night that she steps on the floor for us. Then one of the things she did was in the fact in the big games, she scored big. She played well in the big games. It’ll be different.”
Jennings did indeed excel in the big games despite facing a large amount of attention from opposing defenses.