Pharos-Tribune

Local Sports

December 9, 2012

Unbeaten Logan girls maul Muncie Central

No. 8 Berries open game on 43-3 run in NCC win.

Logansport’s girls basketball has had a dominating start to the season against some schools with a pretty good history in basketball.

And then there was Saturday night.

The Berries opened the game with a devastating 43-3 run against Muncie Central that put it well out of reach early, and they were able to put it on cruise control the rest of the way in a 77-39 victory in the Berry Bowl.

The Class 4A No. 8 Berries improved to 8-0 overall and 2-0 in the North Central Conference. The defending NCC champions have won nine NCC games in a row.

Logan entered the contest with a higher average margin of victory (39.6 points per game) than points allowed per game (32.7 ppg). Somehow, even after a 43-3 run to start the game, those numbers will contract closer together. And rest assured, with a challenging schedule ahead, those numbers will certainly not hold the rest of the way.

But the Berries certainly appear to be a state title contender in Class 4A. They jumped out to a 23-0 lead after one quarter of play against the Bearcats (3-5, 0-3 NCC), who had no answer for Logan’s fullcourt press to start the game. Muncie shot 0 of 6 from the field and had 13 turnovers in the first quarter.

Logan coach Jerry Hoover called off the press after one quarter of play.

“I don’t know what we could have done with the score if we would have stayed in the press, but there’s a certain amount of ethics that’s involved in a game,” he said. “After all, we’re talking about high school kids and high school coaches. It’s not the pros.”

Whitney Jennings once again finished just short of a triple-double. Her final stat line was 27 points, 11 assists, seven steals and four rebounds in 28 minutes. She shot 12 of 18 from the field.

Rachel Jennings added 19 points and four steals, and she shot 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Nakeya Penny scored 17 on 8-of-14 shooting in just 22 minutes. Kiley Victor added five points and four assists.

After falling behind 43-3 in the game’s first 14 minutes, the Bearcats actually outscored Logan 36-34 the rest of the way. The lead did get as big as 48, though, when Logan led 75-27 midway through the fourth quarter.

“We played well,” Hoover said. “Of course to a coach, two things stand out: free throws we’re under 50 percent [9 of 19], and we got outrebounded by 13 [43-30]. But that’s the only two things that really stand out on the negative side of the house. On the positive side of the house, I thought everybody played hard. Even though we’ve got a 35-point lead, they’re still playing hard and they’re still playing pretty focused and they’re trying to do what we want them to do.”

The Bearcats have a young but talented group. They had two players finish with double-doubles, as freshman Jayla Scaife had 15 points and 10 rebounds to go with five blocks, and junior Jessica Rowe added 13 points and 10 boards.

“That freshman they’ve got is a load, and Rowe is a good player,” Hoover said. “They’re better than they were last year. This week they’ve had to play three games in five days. They played Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, so they’re going to have tired legs and it’s hard to focus on that third game.”

Logan’s average margin of victory is tops in the state by five points over Evansville Mater Dei, an upcoming opponent at the Hall of Fame Classic in New Castle on Dec. 27.

Next up for the Berries is possible sectional opponent Harrison at home on Tuesday night. Hoover said the Raiders have good size and length and play a good 1-3-1 zone defense that could give his squad some problems.

But with a scoring offense that is sixth in the state (72.3 ppg) and a scoring defense that is 23rd, the Berries surely pose opponents problems of their own.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • SPT-PT041714 - phs AOW Kayte Miller.jpg Miller looking for one more big season for the Panthers Pioneer senior Kayte Miller has enjoyed a lot of success in volleyball and softball during her four-year career. Miller has one more season of softball this spring with the Panthers before she will play the sport at Ancilla College next year. Miller

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-PT041714 - lhs baseball.jpg Logan baseball wins at Taylor, moves to 4-1 Logansport's baseball team held off a late Taylor rally for a 13-9 win Wednesday in Kokomo. The Berries (4-1) were one out away from winning by 10-run rule in the fifth inning before the Titans (1-1) extended the game with two runs to make it a 13-4

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs, April 17 Logansport to honor Jennings on May 16 The Berry Boosters and Logansport High School are having a community celebration to honor and recognize the 2014 Indiana Miss Basketball, Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year and Parade All-American Whitney Jenni

    April 17, 2014

  • SPT-PT041614 - Nate Champion.jpg Champion caps Le Moyne career with run to NCAA Tourney

    For Nate Champion reaching the NCAA Tournament was always a major goal at Division-II Le Moyne University. Champion and the Dolphins reached that goal this season during his senior year. Champion said that when he and 6-foot-11 big man Jim Janson ent

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs for Wednesday, April 16 Lewis Cass senior point guard Maci Maupin will continue her basketball career at the next level.

    April 16, 2014

  • SPL - PT041614 - Tom Lindley column - Lindley column sig We're all still watching Wildcats' Calipari After winning a big case and accepting compliments from his fellow attorneys, the man thanked his colleagues and responded that he really would have liked to represent the opposition. “I think I could have won arguing their side, too,” he told them.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Logan AD Fisher to retire Logansport athletic director Greg Fisher’s retirement request was approved by the Logansport Community School Corporation school board Monday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Sports briefs for Tuesday, April 15 Monday's inclement weather meant led to postponements of scheduled sporting events.

    April 15, 2014

  • Sports briefs for Monday, April 14 Whitney Jennings and Jerry Hoover teamed up one more time and had a familiar result: a lopsided victory.

    April 14, 2014

  • SPT-PT041314 - lhs baseball.jpg Logan baseball has strong showing at Joe Heath Classic Logansport's baseball team had dominating wins over Lafayette Jeff and Harrison to open Joe Heath Classic play and had a seventh-inning rally fall just short in a loss to McCutcheon. The Berries had to settle for a 2-1 showing at the Classic and they

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
Poll

Should e-cigarette marketing be regulated like tobacco?

Yes
No
Unsure
     View Results
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.