Logansport wanted a big stage for its girls basketball game with Marion.
And Whitney Jennings showed just why she is such a great candidate for the Miss Basketball award.
Jennings had 35 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Berries to a 64-59 win over the Giants Friday in the first game of a girls-boys doubleheader that also included Marion Mr. Basketball candidate James Blackmon Jr.
The Logansport fan section at Bill Green Arena was filled for the girls game.
“This is what high school basketball is all about,” Jennings said. “It’s fun to play in front of that many people.
“It was a little closer than expected but they shot the ball well and they’re a good team, so I’m happy to get the win.”
Jennings showed unlimited range in knocking down four first-half 3-pointers and had 20 points by halftime as the Berries led 32-27 at the break.
Jennings and the Berries were coming off a cold shooting night against Benton Central so it was good for them to see the early shots falling.
“I was just kind of getting in a rhythm in the first half. I hit a couple 3s in a row there,” Jennings said. “They made some runs on us, but I was proud of my team. We kept our composure and we battled hard the whole game.”
Jennings put on a dribbling display down the stretch of the game that could have earned her a spot on Letterman. She dribbled past and around multiple Marion defenders and drew fouls to help the Berries hold their slim lead.
Does this girl ever get tired?
“No, I’ve gotten used to it,” she said. “I know it’s going to happen every game and I’m up for the challenge and ready for it.”
There was also an unlikely hero, as Karli Armstrong hit two free throws with 6.1 seconds left to give the Berries their 64-59 lead, in effect putting the game on ice.