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January 15, 2014

No. 8 Logan girls survive No. 4 Benton Central

Berries overcome cold shooting night to knock off Bison.

Logansport fans may have been thinking about the Gary West game in the closing seconds against Benton Central Tuesday night in the Berry Bowl.

The Berries, who lost to Gary West on a 3-point buzzer beater, were in a similar situation against the Bison, who needed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to force overtime.

This time the Berries did not converge on the ball-handler. Whitney Jennings didn’t let Tessa Brouillette get off a good shot. Brouillette found Baylee Goodman near the top of the key, but Nakeya Penny was right there, and Penny blocked the last-second desperation attempt as the Berries were able to hold on for a 43-40 victory.

The Class 4A No. 8 Berries improved to 13-1, and the Class 3A No. 4 Bison dropped to 12-2.

“It wasn’t a pretty game. But hey, we got the win, that’s all that matters,” said Jennings, who was held 18 points under her average but still made winning plays down the stretch.

The Berries had to again sweat this one out. Evonnie Payne hit 1 of 2 free throws for the Bison with 1:27 remaining to tie the game at 40-all.

Jennings made a great wrap-around pass to Penny for a score with 48 seconds left to give Logan a 42-40 lead. Jennings came up with a steal and hit 1 of 2 free throws in the one-and-bonus to make it a three-point game.

Jennings then forced a travel with 9.6 seconds left. Penny missed the front end of a one-and-one but game up with the block at the end to seal the win.

Logansport coach Jerry Hoover was happy his team was able to survive against this up-and-coming Bison squad.

“We got in a slow-down after a week of not having any practice. It’s a situation where we were very fortunate to get out of it with a win,” he said. “We were 0-for-15 from 3 and 50 percent from the foul line (9 of 18). That’s not real good.”

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