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November 13, 2013

Jennings-led Berries have to overcome big losses to graduation

Jennings-led Berries have to overcome big losses to graduation

Logansport’s girls basketball team finished last season ranked in the top 5 in Class 4A.

The Berries are starting this year right at No. 5 in the preseason Class 4A poll.

But considering the Berries have lost three starters and five of their top seven players to graduation, Logan coach Jerry Hoover certainly does not think his team is a top 5 team at this point.

“We’re not very good. I’ll just tell you right now that we’re not a team yet,” Hoover said. “I don’t know anything that we do well. I know we’ve got a very, very good player and I know we’ve got another player that’s pretty good. But we’re not ready to play a game. We’re just not very good, that’s all. I don’t lie to you about that. If we’ve got a decent team I’d tell you. But we’re just not ready to play a game right now, period.”

The Berries are led by Miss Basketball candidate Whitney Jennings, a 5-5 senior point guard who’s set to sign to play at Iowa today.

Jennings already has 1,778 career points and 498 career assists entering her senior season. She averaged 23.6 points, 7.8 assists, 4.2 steals and 4.5 rebounds per game as a junior.

An Indianapolis Star report on Tuesday said the Miss Basketball race seems to be wide open this year. The report said Jennings, Mt. Vernon’s Erica Moore (Purdue), Evansville Mater Dei’s Maura Muensterman (Indiana) and Homestead’s Sydney Buck (Butler) are the early front-runners. But there is room for other seniors to emerge, the report said.

Hoover has had a good look at all of the players mentioned and said Jennings is the best player in his opinion.

“She’s the best player in the state, she’s the smartest player in the state and she’s the fastest player in the state,” he said.

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