LOGAN – Despite outscoring the Dublin Jerome Celtics by 10 in the second half, the Logan varsity girls’ basketball wasn’t able to claw back from a 21-point deficit at half and dropped the contest 62-51.
The sluggish start was made worse by a rough 33% shooting in the first half, and by allowing Dublin Jerome’s Cadence Conley to nail three three’s as part of her huge 22-point day.
The difference in this matchup was the switch to a full-court man defense that the Chiefs switched to shortly before half. Before half, the Celtics scored 41 points off of 62% shooting. After, they were contained, scoring 21 points and shooting 25%. The Lady Chiefs allowed only four field goals in the second half.
The attempted comeback was catalyzed by senior Brooklyn Harris. She never stopped fighting for her team and ended up with six steals to go with her 17 points. She drew a number of fouls driving in the lane and converted on three free throws.
Senior Emaurice McKinney also had a nice game, scoring 12 points to go with a pair of assists. She did everything she could and made Dublin Jerome pay for sending her to the charity stripe, converting on all five free throws.
Leading the way with seven rebounds was freshman Danika Mahaffey. She showed in this game why she’s a freshman playing at the varsity level. She fought for each rebound, which culminated in her eventually fouling out of the contest with about a minute to go in the game.
Alivia Magdich added eight points and six rebounds, Kinsey Myers tallied seven points, and Caidence Goldsberry and Mollie Landis each added two points.
Seven first-half three doomed the Chiefs in this one. Dublin Jerome wasn’t able to sink another three after half with the defensive changes made by Logan, but it was too little, too late.
The JV also lost their game, 47-25.
Up next, Logan (6-8) will travel to Vincent Warren (5-5) on Monday, Jan. 10.