By Beau Wicker Pharos-Tribune
---- — Logansport’s Whitney Jennings keeps adding on to her legend.
Playing on a bum ankle, the basketball superstar was still the best athlete on the field Thursday in a girls soccer match against Western.
Jennings had a hat trick by halftime and finished with four goals in the game to lift the Berries to a 4-3 win over the Panthers at the LHS soccer field.
She now has eight goals in two games on the season.
“It’s my final year of sports in high school so I’m just ready to go out every game and play my hardest and see what happens,” Jennings said.
After the game she downplayed her injury, suffered in Tuesday’s game at Frankfort, but she was walking with a noticeable limp throughout.
“It’s just a sprained ankle, minor sprain, I’ll be OK,” she said. “Nothing too serious.”
Jennings plans to play in Saturday’s game at Plymouth, as long as girls basketball coach Jerry Hoover doesn’t intervene.
“Just tape it up I’ll be fine,” she said.
Jennings’ fourth goal of the game on an assist by Bailey Graham came just five minutes into the second half to give the Berries a 4-1 lead.
But the Panthers would strike twice over the next 17 minutes, the second of which on a goal by Emma Harbaugh brought them to within 4-3 with 18 minutes left to play.
The Berry fans had to buckle on their seatbelts over the remainder of the game, but their team was able to snuff out any danger the rest of the way.
Logan coach Todd Reiff said he knew it would be a big challenge to beat Western. The Panthers were coming off a 10-0 win over a Frankfort squad Wednesday that gave the Berries problems in a 5-2 win on the road on Tuesday.
“I told [assistant coach] Neil [Muller] during the first half that two goals weren’t going to win this game, and we were right. They’re too good of a team,” he said. “They’ve got Abby Webster who is a tremendous player. We saw her before at Northwestern. I think there must have been a transfer there last year or whether she moved or whatever. She was a quality player there and beat us at Northwestern, so we knew we were going to have our hands full there.
“They’ve got a quality team. They played very aggressive. Our girls did a nice job of being aggressive but not being retaliatory, which I was proud of them for that, because I thought there were times there that could have happened but they kept their heads together.”
The Logan coach said his team made strides defensively but had a few errors that were costly.
“I was very happy with our communication that was going on, our defensive line. Even though we gave up three goals, two of them I’m putting on the keeper and we talked about that,” he said. “One she made the mistake and came out and didn’t commit. The other one she was too near the post on that long cross. When she’s a short keeper she’s going to have to adjust to that. Two of them were on her, one was really on our defense. So we’ve got to do a better job with some of those things.
“But they’re going to beat a lot of people. They beat Frankfort 10-0. So they’ll beat a lot of people and have a successful season. But I think we’re right where we want to be, but we know the competition only gets tougher. Saturday we’re at Plymouth which is just always a battle. And Monday we’re back here with West Lafayette which is probably one of the top 10 premier teams in the state of Indiana.”
Kouts 2, Winamac 1
Kouts scored in the game’s 77th minute to take the win.
All of the game’s scoring occurred in the final 13 minutes of the contest. Winamac freshman Tyler Hintz scored on an assist by Adam Wallace with eight minutes left to pull the Warriors into a 1-1 tie before Kouts scored the game-winner five minutes later.
“We’re very proud of our kids. We went wire-to-wire with a pretty good team without two of our normal starters due to injury,” Winamac coach Mark Eber said. “We have things we need to iron out, there are a couple things we need to understand as a team. But the kids showed what they can do. Our keeper [Austen Brown] was phenomenal for his first time out there. He kept us in the game. We just build on this next week and good things will happen for these kids.”
John Glenn 2, Caston 0
Glenn struck in the first five minutes and in the final two minutes in a win in Fulton.
“I’m disappointed in our yellow card accumulation today,” Caston coach Nars Sanchez said. “We had three players booked for hard fouls. Lack of control and discipline led to poor decisions that ultimately culminated in three bookings. We need to get a handle on our emotions and do a better job of letting our play take care of the outcome of games and not vice versa.
“Again, impressed with our younger players, they are stepping and playing vital minutes while our team is fighting through early season growing pains. We lacked control in the middle of the pitch today and committed too many in the attack and were constantly being run on in counter attacks. The defense played solid, however, we need to a better job up the flanks and in and around the goal.”
Caston tied Culver 1-1 on Tuesday. Braden Moss scored the Comets’ (0-1-1) goal on a rebound off his own penalty kick.
Twin Lakes 3, Cass 2
The Indians outlasted the Kings, 25-18, 25-14, 22-25, 24-26, 15-11, in Monticello.
The Kings (0-1) nearly bounced back from an early 0-2 but fell just short in the five-setter.
“We had a slow start, lots of errors,” Cass coach Gretchen Crum said. “In the third set Twin Lakes showed us an opening and we took it.
“Kassi Zeck passed and dug us out of every set. We will decrease our errors. I’m very proud of the enthusiasm, positive talk and hard effort on our part so early on.
Zeck finished with 22 digs and two aces for the Kings. Gabi Hartley had 16 assists, 10 digs and two aces.
Claire Crum had 13 kills, 15 digs and two aces. Trish Hartley added seven kills, Aubrey Young had five kills, 2.5 blocks and seven digs. Bailey Gremelspacher dished 11 assists.
Cass plays at the Elwood Invite on Saturday.
Culver 3, Caston 2
Caston was defeated by visiting Culver, 25-22, 25-27, 25-12, 14-25, 15-8.
Haley Hoover led the Comets with nine aces, eight kills and 13 digs. Adrienne Frye had four aces, eight kills and three blocks.
Jacqueline Rans had six kills, three blocks and seven digs. Mickayla Rans had 10 kills and nine digs.
“It would have been awesome to have a win for our first home game, but the girls put up a good fight,” Caston coach Taylor McFarland said. “There are many aspects of the game that we need and will improve on. I’m proud that they were able to take it to five games. We will keep working hard and hope to get some W’s next week.”
Rossville 3, Carroll 1
Carroll fell to 1-1 on the season with the road loss, 25-16, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23.
Bailey Worl led the Cougars with 14 kills and 17 digs, while Lauren Worl added 10 kills in the loss. Elizabeth Eurit finished with 29 assists, three aces and 12 digs.
Pioneer finished fifth in the team standings at the 3K event.
Dylan Bice was seventh overall in 10:30 and Jonathan Phillips was 10th in 10:47. They were followed by Jacob Van Horn (11:26), Matt Williams (11:52) and Jared Spencer (12:18).
Pioneer placed sixth overall.
Haley McWherter was 10th overall in 13:59 and Madison Vontobel was 13th in 14:21. They were followed by Maddie Boucher (15:10), Kayla Miller (16:27) and Brianna Rude (18:32).