January 2, 2014

Buzzer beaten

3-point buzzer beater sinks Berries at Region Roundball Rumble

HAMMOND — Logansport’s girls basketball team was in position for its second comeback victory in as many years at the Region Roundball Rumble Wednesday at the Hammond Civic Center.

But the Berries didn’t put the game away when they had the chance, and Gary West Side made them pay.

DeJah Joshua hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Cougars to a 52-51 win and hand the Class 4A No. 6 Berries their first loss of the season.

Kennedy Curl hit 1 of 2 free throws with 10.1 seconds left to give the Berries (11-1) a 51-49 lead. The second attempt was long, and Gary West (7-2) quickly pushed the ball up the court. The Berries converged on Dana Evans, a freshman who has already received big-time Division I offers, leaving Joshua open from the left wing. And Joshua’s shot was pure, dropping into the basket just as the final horn sounded.

“We lost one of those my sophomore year against Lebanon,” Logansport’s Whitney Jennings said. “It’s always hard to lose on a buzzer-beater, but when we got into the locker room I told my teammates I hate losing as much as the next person, but this is only going to make us better for the tournament and the rest of the year. So we’ve just got to learn from it and we’ll be fine.”

The Berries had a slow start offensively, making just 8 of 26 shots and committing five turnovers in falling behind 31-22 at the half. Jennings, who entered averaging 35.5 ppg, was held to just six on 2 of 10 shooting in the half.

But Jennings led the comeback in the third quarter, scoring 11 points and assisting the other two baskets as the Berries pulled to within 40-39 after three.

Jennings scored on a jumper in the corner and then on a scoop through multiple defenders to give Logan a 45-44 lead with 4:55 left. Nakeya Penny then swished one in from 3 and then scored on a bank shot to make it 50-47 Logan with 3:50 remaining.

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