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January 19, 2013

Berries smother Taylor, Red Devils in blowout win

No. 4 Logansport secures at least share of NCC title.

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"I passed my dad so that was pretty cool," she said, before crediting her teammates. “If I didn’t have the teammates around me that I do, I wouldn’t be able to score as much.

“I think our mindset coming in was we need to get better this game and every game leading up to the tournament. We’ve got about three weeks left, and we need to get better every day.

"It’s exciting that we’re having this year that we are and we’re just hoping to continue it as far as we can.”

Rachel Jennings said the Berries are focused on completing a second straight perfect campaign in NCC play.

“We really want that win, because the last time we were at New Castle we lost the conference at that game, so we really want that game real bad,” she said. “That was just a really bad time because we were so upset because we had played so well in the conference all year and that last game we weren’t there, we didn’t have our A game.”

Hoover noted Victor also helped shut down Benton Central star Cailyn Tolen. He said the Berries have had a good run of defensive aces at the front of their combination defense in recent years and mentioned Shannon Jennings and Jennifer Tierney, and he said to look for Katrina Neuendorf in the role next season.

Hoover also added another defensive ace, Seanna Redman, could be close to returning from a torn ACL injury with the use of a brace. He said her return would give him another sterling option to use in the box-and-one defense.

But with one of the top teams in the state this season with a very strong senior class, the Berries are focused on the now. They host South Bend St. Joseph (6-9) for a 2:30 p.m. matinée today. The Indians, a Class 3A regional finalist a year ago, recently got two starting guards back from injury and recorded a 20-point win at South Bend Clay on Thursday.

“They play the most physical basketball of any team we’ve seen. They just knock you down, hit you, a very, very physical basketball team,” Hoover said. “I wanted them on the schedule, because [athletic director Greg] Fisher asked me if I we would take St. Joe, and I said absolutely, because they play the kind of a game that we would see in the regional if we would play a Fort Wayne South or a Homestead or Carroll. They’re a very, very physical team, and we want to get ready for the tournament. I don’t know how we’ll do in the tournament, but we’ve got to make an attempt for these girls to do the best we can for them.”

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