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February 23, 2014

Jennings, Penny lead Logansport to regional title

Lady Berries win their first-ever regional championship.

KOKOMO — Whitney Jennings has spent countless hours in the gym to become one of the greatest girls basketball players in state history.

On Saturday night Jennings delivered her Logansport Berries a regional championship, their first in the sport.

Jennings had a legendary performance, scoring 41 points to lead Logansport to a 77-61 win over the Tigers in the championship game of the Class 4A Kokomo Regional at historic Memorial Gym.

And when the final buzzer sounded, the Logan student section stormed the court to celebrate with their classmates.

“I think it was evident on my face and the tears couldn’t stop,” Jennings said. “We worked so hard this whole year and we’ve had our ups and downs along the way, but to get to this point it feels amazing.”

Jennings shot 13 of 18 from the field, 2 of 3 from 3-point range and 13 of 15 from the foul line. She added six rebounds and five assists.

And Nakeya Penny, whose older sister Jasmine is one of the top players in the Big East this year for DePaul, showed just how good she is as well. She had 27 points and eight rebounds, was 8 of 12 from the floor, 2 of 3 from 3 and 9 of 13 from the foul line.

“It feels good to win a regional,” Penny said. “Last year we came close so this year we really wanted it and went after it. I really did it for Whitney because I knew they were going to double team her so I just really had to step up and play my game.

“It’s really good to win a regional. It’s a great experience. I’m glad I got to do it for Whitney her senior year.”

Logan coach Jerry Hoover said it took a whole team effort but that it helps to have a player as special as Jennings.

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