There will be athletes that have a better finish than Carly Cameron.
But, it won’t be many and Cameron will probably never forget her final two college games. The Hillsboro graduate and Illinois College senior had double-doubles in her final two games as a Lady Blues player.
“I was fired up because of my slow start at the beginning of the year,” said Cameron. “I started the year really slowly because I had mono. Also I was playing to make the Midwest Conference Tournament.”
That did not happen for Illinois College. They won four of their last five games, splitting their last two. They finished 13-12 overall and 9-9 in the MWC.
In the 59-56 loss to Knox College, Cameron scored 18 points, missing only three shots from the field. She drained 8-of-11 from the field and both free throw opportunities. She would complete the double-double with 12 rebounds, six assists and four steals.
“I think I was more fired up against Knox,” said Cameron. “I knew if we won that game, we could be included in the tournament. It was also good because I was able to set up my teammates. I felt very confident against Knox.”
While they could not overcome Knox, the Lady Blues did win their final game of the year, beating Lawrence University 61-40. Cameron was once again money from the field, missing only three shots to hit 66 percent of her field goals in the contest. She nailed 6-of-9 from the field, which included 2-of-4 from beyond the arc. In addition to her 14 points, the starter had 11 rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals in 30 minutes of court time.
“I don’t think it has hit me that it is over,” said Cameron “I am thankful for all the support I have been given all these years. I learned you can’t take your time on the court for granted. The injuries made it tough, but I would do it all again.”
Abby Brockmeyer, a Southern Illinois University-Carbondale junior, scored 12 points in SIUC’s 61-57 loss to Bradley University. Brockmeyer, who hit five field goals and two free throws, also had seven rebounds and three steals.
In SIUC’s 66-56 loss to Illinois State University, Brockmeyer finished with a double-double. She nailed 4-of-9 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line to finish with 11 points, 12 rebounds and two steals. She started both games, playing 33 minutes against Bradley and 29 minutes against Illinois State. SIU-Carbondale is 15-12 overall and 7-9 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Reid Detmers (Glenwood) worked the first five innings of University of Louisville’s 4-2 triumph over Western Michigan University. The Louisville pitcher allowed two earned runs on on six hits. He fanned 10 and walked two, but did not get a decision. Louisville, currently the second ranked team among NCAA Division I teams, is 9-3.
Sammi Matoush (Hillsboro) scored seven points for Washington University in their 76-72 loss to University of Chicago. Matoush, who started and played 30 minutes, also had six assists and two rebounds. At the time of the contest, Chicago was ranked 19th among NCAA Division III teams. The Washington Lady Bears are 14-11 overall and 7-7 in the University Athletic Association.
Kendra Jacob (Hillsboro) was 2-for-2 as her college team, Hannibal-LaGrange University, lost a 10-2 decision to Culver-Stockton College. In the 13-5 loss to Culver-Stockton, Jacob crossed the plate once. HLG is 0-2.
Maurice Radtke (Litchfield), a Greenville University thrower, finished ninth in the shot put at the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association Finals. They were hosted by Cedarville University and held at the Doden Fieldhouse in Cedarville, Ohio. Radtke recorded a throw of 44 feet, 9 inches. Greenville took fourth as a team with 54 points. Cedarville won with 185.5 points.
Kyra Huber (Hillsboro) took eighth in the 60-meter dash at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh hosted Titan Challenge. It was held at the Kolf Sports Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin-Oshkosh sprinter recorded a time of :07.98. She was also 12th in the 200-meter dash with a time of :26.78. Wisconsin-Oshkosh finished second, scoring 91 points. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire took first with 112 points.
Reese Snyder (Lincolnwood) was 1-for-1 with a double, but it was not enough to power Maryville University beyond Davenport University, who won a 19-1 decision. It was Snyder’s first hit of the year. Maryville is 5-8.
Lexi Throne (Litchfield) competed in two events for the University of Illinois-Springfield at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships. University of Indianapolis served as the host. Individually, she was 14th in the 5,000-meter run, crossing the finish line at 19:00.29. She was also a member of the UIS 1,600-meter relay team, which took 13th in 4:25.52. UIS finished eighth out of 14 teams, scoring 25 points. Lewis University won the conference title with 141 points.
Jade Scroggins (Hillsboro), a Hannibal-LaGrange women’s basketball player, had three points and three rebounds in their 75-61 loss to Park University. Scroggins played 12 minutes. Hannibal-LaGrange is 5-24 overall and 3-21 in the American Midwest Conference.