Cool Logan gives Poly hot finish Freshman thrives under pressure

January 10, 1993|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

Poly forward Kelly Logan has shown symptoms of being a freshman, but only off the basketball court.

Off the court, the 14-year-old sits in a classroom chair, squirms a bit and manages a nervous smile.

But on the court, she is composed and controlled. That intensity under pressure recently helped key the Engineers to a 36-33 win over Edgewood in the semifinals of the Poly Classic Tournament.

With the score tied and less than a minute left in regulation, Logan had two shot opportunities, both from three-point range, to win the game. She missed the first one, but then, on the Engineers' next possession, made the second.

"I was concerned that she wasn't going to shoot another shot because the last time down she missed horribly," Poly coach Mark T. Sawyer said. "She's very good in clutch situations."

Logan said, "I always practice the three-point shot for situations like that. I do better when I'm trying to catch up, when the game is under pressure. It pushes me to do better than I've been doing the whole game."

For the season, Logan is averaging 9.9 points and 5.7 rebounds. Over the past five games, however, she is averaging 15.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 steals.

Against City, Logan and teammate Kenya Holman led the Engineers (7-5, 3-2) with 12 points each as Poly won, 54-43, in a City-Wide 4A League matchup.

Even though she has improved steadily this season, Logan, who plays small forward, said her success has been a surprise to her.

"Because this was my first year, I didn't think I'd get too much playing time because freshmen usually sit on the bench most of the time," said Logan.

Logan, 5 feet 7, has been averaging 19.9 minutes. She sat out two games (Western and Mervo) to concentrate on academics, even though she was eligible to play by school standards. Since her return, she welcomes each moment on the court.

"When I came back, I just tried my best and with my schoolwork I tried to get everything done," Logan said.

Sawyer said, "I'm quite pleased with her progress at this point in time. She's becoming one of the better players on the team."

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