LAFAYETTE — Logansport’s girls basketball team rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat Lafayette Central Catholic 53-45 here Tuesday night in a season-opening game.

Jasmine Penny just missed a triple-double for the Berries (1-0) with 21 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. The senior added four steals and two blocks.

Logan coach Jerry Hoover said a big reason for the Berries’ second-half turnaround was having Penny and LuQueena Roe back on the floor after sitting out a big stretch of the second quarter with foul trouble.

“In the third quarter they were both in the lineup and they really helped us,” he said.

Jen Tierney scored 18 points and pulled down eight boards for Logan. She was 6 of 7 from the field and 6 of 6 from the foul line.

“I really though Jennifer Tierney played as well as she has ever played,” Hoover said.

Tierney sat out last week’s scrimmage with a sprained ankle. She was cleared to play Tuesday.

“She and Jasmine are pretty good high/low, passing the basketball back and forth. They do a pretty good job of that,” Hoover said.

Hoover added the Berries’ press hurt the Knights in the second half.

“We pressed a little bit in the second half and got them going faster than they wanted to go, and they threw the ball away a little bit.”

The Berries shot 46 percent from the field, including 65 percent in the second half, and they outrebounded the Knights 39-25. But they hurt themselves with 24 turnovers.

“We had a lot of girls who played nervous, and there’s no reason to play nervous,” Hoover said. “There’s no reason to have 24 errors in a ballgame. It’s very, very hard to win with that many errors. We’ve got to cut the errors down by Friday or we’ll get kicked if we don’t. That’s just the way it is.”

Olivia Walker, daughter of former Purdue player Brian Walker, led the Knights with 17 points and six rebounds. Ashley Adams added 10 points.

“[Gabby] McIntire and LeAnn Hileman did a very good on [Walker],” Hoover said. “She’s a legit player. She’s big; she’s a guard; she’s a legitimate college player. She still got 17 but we figured if we could hold her under 20 that’d we’d have a pretty good chance of winning the game.

“I think Central Catholic is going to be a very good basketball team come tournament time. They’re big and they’ve got some shooters, and those freshmen will come around. What they’re doing is sound.”

Logan hosts possible sectional opponent McCutcheon for its home opener Friday night.

“If we don’t play any better than we did [Tuesday night], we’ll get beat by 20,” Hoover said. “We’ve got a long way to go, I can tell you that. We’ve got a long way to go to be any type of a factor in the state tournament, but it’s better to win the first game than to lose it.”

Beau Wicker compiled this roundup.

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