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March 20, 2014

Jennings named Miss Basketball

While hauling in such high honors as being named a Parade All-American and the Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year, the big one still loomed large for Logansport’s Whitney Jennings.

Jennings was notified late last week and The Indianapolis Star ended the suspense for Logansport Wednesday when it announced on IndyStar.com that Jennings is Miss Basketball.

“Getting Gatorade Player of the Year and making the Parade All-American team, those were awesome honors. But for me this has always been the highest of them all and this is always what I’ve dreamed about,” Jennings said. “So those were great awards and great honors, but this means so much to me.

“It’s a dream come true. I’m just very honored to wear that No. 1 jersey.”

The Miss Basketball award is annually given to the state’s top senior. In statewide voting by Indiana coaches and media members, Jennings earned 177 votes, 80 more than second-place finisher Maura Muensterman from Evansville Mater Dei. No one else had more than 10 votes.

Jennings’ career numbers suggest she is one of the greatest players in state history. Playing at Class 4A Logansport in the North Central Conference, she finished fifth all-time in the state in scoring with 2,641 points, fourth all-time in the state in assists with 699 and seventh all-time in the state in steals with 404.

Indiana All-Star game director Charlie Hall said that Jennings indeed does belong in the discussion as an all-time great Indiana high school basketball player.

“I’ve seen her play for four years. Every Miss or Mr. Basketball is special, but no one has done more for their team than what she has done for Logansport,” Hall said. “Not to demean their other players ... they’ve got the [Nakeya] Penny girl ... but she starts every possession with the basketball in her hands and I’m not sure anyone has dictated the flow of the game better than what Whit has done.”

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