Hillsboro graduate Carly Cameron wanted to get through the Illinois College women's basketball season by being injury free.
She finished not only injury free, but as one of two Illinois College Lady Blues to average in double figures. And, by the way, injury free.
"Being injury free was my main goal for the season," said the former Hiltopper player. "It was a giant relief to be able to play and get in a rhythm without having to worry about it."
The six-foot junior started all 25 games and averaged 24.9 minutes per game. She scored 279 points and pulled down 175 rebounds. Besides her respective averages of 11.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, she also had 36 assists, 28 blocked shots and 20 steals.
"I don't think I was trying to rush the game as much at the end of the year," said Cameron. "I was also able to increase my assist total by finding an open teammate. I also developed a three-point shot and that helped open up the lane for me at the end of the season."
Cameron scored her points by hitting 98-of-2328 from the field, which included 20-of-57 from beyond the arc, and 63-of-92 from the free-throw line. She hit 41.2 percent from the field, 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.5 percent from the free-throw line.
While the 2019-20 season will not have a game for the next seven months, for Cameron, the season will start next week as the returning players began to hit the weight room. The Lady Blues finished 10-15 overall and 6-12 in the Midwest Conference.
"I am super excited for my senior season," said Cameron. "I think we could be extremely competitive in the conference next year. I am ready to build off the success I had at the end of the season."
Reid Detmers (Chatham-Glenwood) has worked 20 innings for the University of Louisville in their first 11 games. Detmers, who has allowed one earned run on five hits, has an earned run average of 0.45. He is 2-0. The Nokomis resident has fanned 28 batters and walked five. Opponents are hitting .078 against Detmers. Louisville is 8-3.
Abby Brockmeyer (Lincolnwood) scored 12 points as her college team, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, lost to Drake University 71-64. Brockmeyer, who hit 4-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line, also had eight rebounds. In SIU-Carbondale's 58-47 win over Valparaiso University, Brockmeyer had eight points, a team-leading ten rebounds and two blocked shots. She played 25 minutes against Valparaiso and 24 minutes against Drake. SIU-C is 13-13 overall and 6-9 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Lexi Law (Litchfield) was 2-for-4 and scored twice for Lindenwood University-Belleville's 8-7 loss to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. In the 6-0 win over McPherson College, Law scored one run. LU-Belleville is 4-4.
Ashley Schneider (Nokomis) scored six points in her final game, a 48-40 loss to Wisconsin Lutheran College, in the NCAA Division III Playoffs. The Illinois Wesleyan University senior, who started and played 26 minutes, also had two rebounds and two assists. Illinois Wesleyan finished with an overall record of 23-5. They were 15-1 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.
Andrew DeLaCruz (Litchfield) was 1-for-2 with a walk for Three Rivers College as they lost a 9-2 decision to North Central Missouri College. He drove home one of the two Three Rivers runs. In Three Rivers' 13-0 win over North Central Missouri, DeLaCruz was 1-for-2 and scored a run. Three Rivers is 8-5.
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