NORTH LIBERTY — The 2012 edition of the Game Time League came to a close Wednesday night with Vinton Merchants/McCurry’s defeating Coralville Hy-Vee, 89-65, in the championship game at the North Liberty Community Center.
The game was never in doubt as Vinton staked out a 52-27 halftime lead.
Northern Iowa’s Amber Kirschbaum led the winners with 21 points, and Hawkeye guard Trish Nesbitt scored 17 points for the runner-up team.
Season-ending awards were announced at halftime, highlighted by Iowa’s Samantha Logic picking up the league MVP award. Vinton Merchants/McCurry’s Brendan Unkrich was coach of the year, and UNI’s Sharnae Lamar of LL Pelling/Culver’s was tabbed defensive player of the year.
Logic averaged 17.6 points and nine rebounds this summer, both ranking second in the league. She led the league with 7.6 assists per contest.
And she enjoyed herself while doing it.
“Basketball is about fun, and this league is just that,” she said. “It is about improving our game.”
A lot of work has been put in by Logic and here Hawkeye teammates this summer as they prepare for next season.
“We have been working our rear ends off all summer,” she said. “Many of the incoming freshmen are here with us, and (it’s) great getting to know them. That’s one thing that we recruit here, is good hard workers, and we have been doing that.”
Logic said she appreciated getting the MVP award but was quick to note that there were plenty of great players in the league.
“I thought (Hawkeye teammate) Morgan Johnson played well,” she said. “Also Amber Kirschbaum could have won the award very easily. Tonight, I thought (Hawkeye) Trish Nesbitt was outstanding.”
Logic said it was nice to meet some of her opponents in a more casual setting.“We play against a lot of these girls during the season,” she said. “It’s nice to come out and get a chance to meet and get to know them.”