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January 19, 2014

A night to remember

Jennings, Lady Berries pull out close win at Marion.

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“I thought she played a great game,” Jennings said. “She stepped up and hit those free throws and we had her in there pretty much the whole second half guarding their best player [Vironnica] Drake, so she played an outstanding game for us.”

Nakeya Penny also hit two big free throws to give the Berries a 58-54 lead with 1:41 left, and she spun in a left-handed layup in traffic with 50 seconds left gave the Berries a 61-57 advantage.

Penny fouled out with 41.8 seconds to go, taking away the Berries’ second-best player and ball-handler.

The Berries caught a break when Jennings was on the line with 29.6 seconds left with a 61-58 lead. Marion had a lane violation on her first free-throw attempt even though she had two attempts coming. She made them pay on the third attempt to make it a two-possession game.

Drake hit 1 of 2 free throws for the Giants to cut the lead to 3 before Jennings again broke the press and found Armstrong who knocked down the game-sealing free throws.

For the second straight game the Berries had chances to put away their opponent away earlier but couldn’t until the closing seconds. Logan coach Jerry Hoover said it could be good for them at the end of the season.

“You’ve got to be in a few games like that. We just had enough, barely enough, down the line to get it done,” he said.

The Giants (6-8, 1-3 North Central Conference) certainly didn’t play like a sub-.500 team. The Class 4A No. 8 Berries (3-0 NCC) opened the game with a 7-0 lead and led by as much as 11 twice in the third quarter. But the Giants got as close as one point twice in the fourth quarter and it was a two-point game when Kennedy Curl came up with a steal that led to Penny’s two free throws with 1:41 to go.

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