May 21, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College women’s basketball team added depth to the post with the addition this week of 5-foot-8 forward Shelby Beussink of Notre Dame High School in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

“I had a chance to visit the Logan campus last summer and really loved the school and the people there I met, so I’m glad to be going there,” Beussink said.

A two-sport standout (soccer is the other), Beussink said she chose basketball because it is the sport she enjoys playing the most.

“I love the physical aspect of the game, which is why I work so hard at rebounding. Most of the time, I’m not the tallest player, but I find a way to get the job done. I use my strength, quickness and determination to be successful.”

Beussink, who hopes to later take dental hygiene classes, said she believes she will become an even better basketball player at Logan than what she was at Cape Notre Dame because she will be able to focus on just the one sport.

“I think so,” she said. “I can’t wait to get started. I’m going to be working hard this summer on this training program Coach Amanda (Shelby) gave me. I want to take my game to the next level. I think I look forward to the challenge.”

Logan head coach Marty Hawkins said he couldn’t be happier when learning that Beussink had committed to the Vols.

“First of all, I’m glad that she chose basketball over soccer. Second, I’m glad she chose us,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know Shelby. She is a very good all-around player, a highly motivated athlete, who comes from a good family, good high school, and is very well coached.”

Hawkins added that Beussink should contend for playing time right away.

“There’s nothing she can’t do on the floor,” he said. “Shelby was forced to play inside in high school, but she can also shoot it from the perimeter.”

Beussink’s high school coach, Renee Peters, praised her former standout.

“Shelby was an impact player for us and our team because she did so many things well. She was a scoring threat, a leader in rebounding, and a great teammate. She was also able to handle the ball well and run the floor in transition.”

Peters said Beussink was an “instinctive” player, who did a lot of little things during the course of a game that don’t always show up on the stat sheet.

“What also impressed me about Shelby is that she is extremely tough and resilient. I believe she will use her knowledge of the game and her love of the game to contribute at the next level. She will work hard and strive to become an even better player.”

Beussink averaged 10 points and six rebounds per game as a senior. She shot 53 percent from the field and 50 percent from long range. Moreover, she was selected All-District, All-Conference, All-Tournament at the Queen of Hearts Holiday Tournament in St. Louis; and helped lead her team to a 21-3 overall record, including two tournament titles.