November 1, 2015

Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Three players hit for double figures as the John A. Logan College women’s basketball team opened the new season with a resounding 85-56 home win over John Wood College Saturday evening.

It marked the first game and first win for new Vols’ head coach Amanda Shelby.

Pacing the JALC offense was freshman Tiaunna Watkins with 18 points. Sophomore McKena Miller of Carbondale followed with 17. Freshman Ariel Crump notched 13.

“I’m just happy to be out there helping my team get a ‘W’,” Crump said. “The college game is definitely a little more fast-paced, but I think we will adjust as a team and get things done.”

Falling just shy of double digits were freshmen Gabby Sanders and Kaili Bacon (Carbondale) with nine points each. Sophomore Haley Darnell of Goreville chipped in seven. Freshman Juwanna Walker netted five. Elverado High School grad Cheyenne Abbadusky and Ternaecia Ashley added three points.

Logan went on a 16-0 run early in the second quarter to break free from a close game and build a commanding 48-30 lead at the half. The Vols’ tenacious, pressing defense was the difference in the contest.

“I was really proud of this team,” Shelby said. “We worked hard from start to finish. Our defensive play got the fans going for us in the second quarter and we got a lot of easy baskets.”

Logan forced its opponent into committing 32 turnovers, most of which occurred in the first half.

As a team, the Vols made good on 29-of-73 shots from the field (40 percent); 4-of-12 triples (33 percent); and 23-of-31 free throws (74 percent).

Now 1-0, Logan returns to action at 2 p.m. today against Lincoln Land, a 67-56 loser against Southeastern Illinois Saturday.