LOGANSPORT, Ind. – Great programs develop great players, and the Logansport girls basketball team was no exception as they went 24-3 last season and reached the Class 4A Final Four. A big part of that charge was due to having Indiana Miss Basketball Whitney Jennings on the roster. But no team reaches that level of competition without a solid total package, and Indiana University Kokomo women’s basketball coach Whitney Farris Habitat for Humanity understood that when she signed Logansport senior forward Katrina Neuendorf to play for the Cougars.

“She is well coached and made a great run on a great team,” said Farris. “She never expects minutes. She is very easy to coach and is also a good student.”

While Jennings and Indiana Junior All-Star Nakeya Penny were earning the media glory, Neuendorf played her role to perfection, running the floor in 24 games of solid defense and assisting in running the offense. Those are qualities Farris said she was looking for – not necessarily big numbers.

“She brings a great attitude and works hard every day; we need those types of players, especially being a new program,” said Farris of Neuendorf and her first-year Cougar program. “She is the kind of girl who will go inside and rebound and can make two or three shots in a row. She is a defensive stopper who you can tell to go in and stop this girl – and she will.”

In her understood role, the 5-8 Neuendorf only scored 26 points last season, with a high of nine points coming against cross-county rival Lewis Cass. But according to Farris, having a player on a college team that comes from a winning program – Logansport won 86 games during Neuendorf’s four years at the school – is instrumental.

“She did what she needed to do to make help her team win, and you can’t put a price tag on that,” said Farris, who has helped the IUK men’s team the last two seasons. “She could have scored, but that wasn’t her role.”

Farris also noted that playing with and guarding against a Miss Basketball in practices has its advantages.

“When you play with talent, your talent level rises,” she said. “And she played with that kind of talent. Hopefully she will be able to use what she learned playing against and guarding in practice a Miss Basketball and help our team succeed.”

Farris said she is thrilled to have a Logansport player on the roster that might bolster attendance and help the program grow.

“It will be nice to get some fans from Logansport,” said Farris, who has also signed a player from Tipton and Howard County to form a local connection. “Her team was excited for her to sign and they were all there for her, and I hope they follow her career at IUK.”
The Cougars will begin its inaugural season this November, with games being played at Cougar Gym in downtown Kokomo.