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December 18, 2013

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Jennings goes over 2,000 points for career as Berries beat Harrison

WEST LAFAYETTE — Logansport’s Whitney Jennings has seen just about every defensive setup imaginable by opponents in an effort to somehow slow her down.

So when she faces man-to-man defense like she did Tuesday at Harrison, her eyes light up like a Christmas tree.

Jennings lit up the Raiders for 39 points in the Class 4A No. 6 Berries’ 59-45 win on the road Tuesday night.

“Man-to-man, when teams do that, I try to attack as best as I can,” she said.

Jennings went over the 2,000-point scoring mark for her career during the win and now 2,022 points. Only 27 players have reached the 2,000-point mark in Indiana high school girls basketball. Jennings is currently the 24th all-time leading scorer in the state.

Nakeya Penny added 17 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and one steal against Harrison despite playing just 24 minutes while battling foul trouble.

But the only other Berry to reach the scoring column was Samantha Kain, who had three points, three boards and a block in 15 minutes of action.

Logan coach Jerry Hoover said he doesn’t think he’s ever coached a game where only three of his players scored.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever had a game like that. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a game like that,” he said. “We need to get a little more balance in there, but we’re in situations where that’s the way it is. As we go along we’ll try to get balance, but you don’t wish balance, you just have young players that are just going to have to grow with the team.”

Jennings was 16 of 31 from the field, Penny was 7 of 16 and Kain was 1 of 1. The rest of the team was 0 of 8.

Jennings scored 25 of her 39 in the first half to help the Berries (7-0) out to a 33-27 lead at the break. Harrison (3-8) hit 4 of 6 3-pointers in the half to keep it close.

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