Whitney Jennings and Nakeya Penny made a lot of magic together on the basketball court for three years for the Logansport Berries.
On Sunday the dynamic duo were on the same court for the final time, this time in a big-time women’s college basketball game.
Jennings’ Butler Bulldogs team prevailed over Penny’s Ball State Cardinals 64-47 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
“I’ll always think of Nakeya as a teammate, so it was definitely weird wearing different jerseys,” Jennings said. “I’m excited for her for the senior year she can have at Ball State. She’s worked really hard to get into the starting lineup and be a key contributor for her team. I’m excited to see how the rest of her senior year will play out.”
Jennings had a big game with 20 points, four steals, two assists and two rebounds. She was 6 of 9 from 3-point range.
The scintillating performance came as no surprise to the fans from Logansport in attendance.
“I saw a ton of familiar faces and Logan shirts,” Jennings said. “It was exciting for both of us to play in front of a lot of the same people who were at our high school games when we were growing up.”
Butler’s defense made things difficult for Ball State the entire game. The Bulldogs (6-0) held the Cardinals (2-6) to 31 percent shooting for the game and forced 29 turnovers.
“Defense is something as a team our coaches have been really stressing,” Jennings said. “Throughout the month of October we worked really hard and it’s nice to show in games what we’ve been working on. We play IU on Wednesday and we have some good teams coming up on our schedule. We’ll have to continue to apply defensive pressure.”
Penny recorded four points, four rebounds and two steals for the Cardinals. She was 1 of 4 from 3 on the day.
The Cardinals also played some defense, as they held Butler to 36 percent shooting and forced 23 turnovers.
“Butler was one of the best teams we’ve played this year,” Penny said. “We had some good competition in the Gulf Coast showcase as well, going up against teams such as Fordham, Duke and Quinnipiac. But yes, Butler was good competition for us.”
The Cardinals were coming off a big win over Cincinnati and Penny remains confident in her squad.
“The team this year has a lot of potential,” she said. “We’ve seen what we are capable of playing in some of our previous games, we just have to know how to bring that potential every game.”
Jennings and Penny are two of the best basketball players to ever come from Logansport. Jennings is arguably the greatest, having won the Miss Basketball title in 2014. Penny is certainly in the girls all-time starting five along with her sister Jasmine, who played at DePaul.
In their three years together Jennings and Penny went undefeated in North Central Conference play, won back-to-back sectional titles and the program’s first-ever regional championship.
“It was great playing on the same court with Whit for the last time,” Penny said. “Whitney is always good competition. I love playing on the same court with her, whether it’s with her or against her.”