CARMEL — All week this week Logansport’s girls basketball team has allowed opponents to keep hanging around and keep hanging around.
It finally came back to bite them, as the Berries were handed a 63-59 defeat at Carmel on Saturday.
The loss drops the Class 4A No. 8 Berries to 14-2 on the season. The Greyhounds improved to 7-8.
“It could have gone either way,” LHS coach Jerry Hoover said. “I honestly thought we were going to get them but we missed a couple shots that we needed to knock down and that’s it.”
Carmel could thank Marion for the assist. The Giants gave the Berries’ a strong upset bid the Friday night and played 84-feet pressure defense for 32 minutes. The Berries had a quick turnaround with another road game Saturday afternoon and it appeared they had tired legs as they shot just 3 of 19 from 3-point range. It was similar to their loss to Gary West which at the time was their fourth game in six days over the holidays. But rigorous schedules like the Berries have faced can make teams stronger in the end.
The good news was that Nakeya Penny bounced back from an off shooting night at Marion with one of her best games of the season. She had 28 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the field and 10 of 11 shooting from the foul line. She added seven rebounds and a block.
Penny did most of her damage around the basket as she found holes in Carmel’s zone defense and Whitney Jennings was able to find her. Penny was also the only Berry that shot OK from behind the arc as she was 2 of 5 from there.
Jennings was not as sharp as she was the night before at Marion. She still managed 18 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots. She hit a number of tough pull-up shots and heated up after a slow start but could not find the range from distance as she went 0 of 6 beyond the arc. She was 6 of 14 from 2 and 10 of 11 from the foul line.