Logic, Kastanek become lethal duo

BY JACOB SHEYKO | JULY 11, 2013 5:00 AM

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Wednesday evening action displayed speed, skill, and toughness in the Game Time League as Alexa Kastanek and Sam Logic stole the show.

Logic’s and Kastanek’s team defeated Theairra Taylor’s team, 77-71. The game served as Logic’s squad’s first win and Taylor’s team’s first loss.

Logic and Kastanek dominated all aspects on the court. They scored from inside and out, dished to teammates, and pulled down a few boards in the process.

The night was Logic and Kastanek’s, but it didn’t appear that way in the beginning. Both teams got off to slow starts, looking sluggish and sloppy in the opening minutes of the first half.

“I don’t think anyone was ready to play today. It seemed too relaxed for a game,” Taylor said. “Second half, it was better competition.”

Logic started to look for easy baskets, trying to compensate for the sluggish play. These came in the form of free throws and a couple of easy transition points, including an overhand pass that flew over three-fourths of the court to Nicole Smith for a lay-up that had the crowd crowing in awe.

“If your shot’s not falling, a great way to get it going is the free-throw line,” Logic said. “You practice free throws — you’re wide open, and no one’s guarding you. It really helps with the rhythm of your shot.”

Logic and Kastanek got to the line a combined 14 times — more than their opponents did as a team.

Logic took over the game after enough of these easy buckets. At one point, the junior guard scored 14-straight points for her team, using a combination of midrange jumpers and drives that often ended in 3-point plays.

Logic was just two assists shy of a triple-double at the end of the contest, something she has become accustomed to in league play. She finished the night with 25 points, 8 assists, and a game-high 16 rebounds.

“I think I was being a little more aggressive, taking it to the hoop a little more,” said Logic. “You get that flow going a little more when you get closer shots. I think I kind of settled a little bit early.”

Seeing Taylor’s teammates Kayla Timmerman and Kiah Stokes in the paint is the kind of thing that keeps most small guards out on the wing. But Logic, standing at 5-9, used a masterful floater to her advantage. Logic went toe-to-toe with the opposing shot blockers only to sail a teardrop over them and into the basket.

“Kiah has some crazy length. She blocked a couple of jump shots that you never would think could be blocked,” Logic said. “It’s [the floater] just something to add to my game. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

But Logic wasn’t the only star for her team. Freshman Kastanek, known for her in your face defense and endless amount of hustle plays, stepped up and displayed an offensive game that impressed everyone in attendance.

Kastanek showed no fear on the 3-point line from the opening tip, and she took shots from farther and farther back as the night went on. She finished the night with 4 treys en route to a 27-point performance, and she corralled five boards.

She also played her usual defense that Game Time fans have grown accustomed to. She held the opposing Taylor scoreless from the behind the arc.

Her defense and hustle may come naturally, but Kastanek noted this whole summer has been a learning experience. It certainly doesn’t hurt that she was placed on the same team as Logic, she said, and playing with her and learning a few things has helped immensely.

“Sam’s been helping me out a lot. She’s tells me things to do, things not to do,” Kastanek said. “She’s helped me out the whole summer.”

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