Carly Cameron, a Hillsboro graduate and Illinois College senior, is quickly proving herself off the bench.
On December 4, she helped the IC Lady Blues not only win their third game in a row, but they also won their Midwest Conference opener, beating Monmouth College 76-64. Cameron, who emerged off the bench and played 23 minutes, scored 12 points and pulled down four rebounds.
"It felt really good to finally get into a rhythm," said the former Hiltopper player. "It has taken a while because I started the year off missing the first 17 days because I was sick."
Cameron drained 4-of-7 from the floor and 2-of-4 from the charity stripe. She hit both of her three-point opportunities.
"It felt good to see the shots start to fall," said Cameron. "We played really good team basketball against Monmouth. I do not feel as quick or as strong as I once was, but I think it has made me a smarter player. I have definitely become a better outside shooter because of it."
In addition to winning the conference opener, they started the month of December with 78-73 victory over Millikin University. Cameron, who played 20 minutes off the bench, had four points and four rebounds. Illinois College has won three in a row. They are 5-3 0verall and 1-0 in the MWC.
"I am excited for the rest of the season," said Cameron. "We have a goal as a team to make the conference tournament. We have a good start so far."
Kyra Huber (Hillsboro) won two events in her first college track meet. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh freshman posted individual victories in the 60-meter dash (7.88 seconds) and 200-meter dash (:26.69). She won the 60-meter dash by 1/10 of a second as St. Norbert College's Audrey Makope took second in :07.98. Wisconsin-Oshkosh sprinter Amanda Starzynski took second in the 200-meter dash in :26.92. She was also a member of the 1,600-meter relay, which finished second in 4:12.62. She helped Wisconsin-Oshkosh take first with 226 points. Carroll University took second with 94 points. There were 10 teams in the meet.
Sammi Matoush (Hillsboro) and the Washington University Lady Bears won their first two games of December, beating Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (67-47) and Greenville University (76-54). Matoush, a freshman starter, was in double figures in both games. She bucketed 15 points in the victory over RHIT. Matoush, who played 33 minutes, hit 6-of-14 from the floor, which included three treys. She also finished with three rebounds and two steals. She had 11 points and four rebounds in the victory over Greenville. Matoush missed only three shots from the floor, hitting 4-of-7 from the floor, which included a 3-for-6 performance from beyond the arc. She started at guard and played 25 minutes. The game with Greenville occurred in the McWilliams Classic, which was hosted by Washington University.
Abby Brockmeyer (Lincolnwood) was in double figures two more times for Southern Illinois University-Carbondale as they split a pair of games. In the 79-65 loss to Southeast Missouri State University, Brockmeyer scored 13 points by hitting 4-of-6 from the floor, which included her only trey opportunity, and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. In her 30 minutes of play, the starter also had four rebounds, two assists and two steals. She finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in the 70-59 triumph over University of Tennessee-Martin. She drained 5-of-11 from the floor. She was 1-for-2 from beyond the arc. SIU-Carbondale is 5-3.
Austin Grabow (Hillsboro) started at center in Illinois College's final game of the year, a 35-21 win over Ripon College. He helped IC post 490 yards of offense, 362 of which were passing yards. They rushed for 128 yards. The Blueboys had five touchdowns, three passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns. They earned 19 first downs. Illinois College finished 6-3 overall and 2-2 in the Midwest Conference.
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