Times Sports Editor
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods girls' basketball team has had its' share struggles this season, dealing with a short bench against deeper competition.
The Pomeroys have gone 1-10 overall this season despite the efforts of two Clay County high school graduates.
Freshman Lexee Hayes and sophomore Jennifer Gregg held down the point guard spot for the Northview Knights during their careers. Hayes was a key member of Northview's team that advanced to the sectional final two seasons ago following a pair of upset wins.
These days Hayes has gotten the starting nod over the last handful of games and has continued to make strong adjustments to the college game.
Hayes hit for nine points and six rebounds in a Dec. 8 loss to Missouri Baptist and also added two steals. The same contest saw one of Gregg's best games.
The Pomeroys' guard went off for 19 points on seven-of-12 shooting from the field with a 3-pointer. Gregg added three rebounds, three assists and three steals in the 87-67 loss.
The key to the game was a 43-29 rebounding advantage by Missouri Baptist, which also shot 52 percent for the game.
Against Asbury, Hayes had three points, two assists and two steals in 21 minutes of action as the Pomeroys dropped a 74-52 decision in which Gregg did not play.
The Marian Knights, along with sophomore Heath Chamberlain, kicked a five-game losing streak to the curb with a pair of wins over the weekend in a tourney.
Chamberlain's Knights were coming off an overtime, 60-57 loss to Wabash in Crawfordsville in which the 6'7 post player had 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Knights with three blocks during 25 minutes of play.
Cloverdale grad Chase Haltom drilled three 3-pointers in the contest, hitting for 13 points and had three rebounds.
On Friday evening, the Knights posted a 53-50 win over Davenport in just 17 minutes and had nine points, five boards and a pair of steals as Marian advanced to the title game.
In the championship game of the Holiday Tournament, the Knights won a 67-63 overtime decision against IU-Southeast with Chamberlain scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds in 23 minutes.
Marian evened its' season mark at 6-6 overall and will have a nearly two week long break for the Christmas Break before traveling to Springfield, Ohio for a tournament on Dec. 28-29.
For the year, Chamberlain is averaging just under 21 minutes per game and is hitting 59 percent of his shots from the field. The 2006 Northview alum is grabbing 6.2 rpg. And averages 9.3 ppg.
Lincoln Land Junior College's Matt Stuckey had success while his Loggers won three of their past four games.
Stuckey, a 2007 Northview graduate, had nine points and three rebounds in a 65-54 win against Millikin's JV Big Blue team. He also showed off his free throw prowess, hitting all six of his free throws.
The Loggers dominated Greenville College's JV team, 74-43 on Dec. 7 in which Stuckey had four points and two assists in 20 minutes of action.
Stuckey added an eight-point, four rebound, three assist game in a win over Forest Park Community College. The Loggers posted a 66-53 win and improved to 8-5 overall this season. Teammate Rich Borries and Andrew Chisholm had memorable games with Borries pulling down 18 rebounds and Chisholm hitting for 24 points.
The Lincoln Land roster includes some familiar names including Terre Haute's Kyle McFadden, also a freshman, as well as Turkey Run's Adam Overpeck.
Former sectional opponent, Ryan Sichting of Martinsville, has made a big splash.
Sichting had 19 points and four rebounds in a narrow 67-65 loss on Dec. 15.
Lincoln Christian College's Josiah Brock, a former Northview Knight, has a break until the Preachers play at home against Westminster College on Jan. 5 at 1 p.m.
Julia Whitted, a sophomore at IUPUI, made her 10th start for IUPUI's Jaguars in as many games in a loss to Western Illinois on Dec. 8.
Whitted had 10 points and six boards during her 24 minutes on the court. She also had a block and a steal as IUPUI dropped to 3-7 overall and 0-1 in the Summit Conference.
For the season, Whitted is the team's second-leading scorer, tallying 12.3 ppg. And 7.0 rpg. and leads the squad with 26 blocks.
The Jags second half schedule will be much more kind after playing seven of their first 10 games on the road.
Clay City 2006 graduate, Whitney McWilliams' Olney Central Blue Knights will be off until they host Jeffersonville College on Jan. 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Indoor track and field
With temperatures staying in the frigid area, the indoor track season will open for several Clay County graduates.
Devon Chamberlain, a sprinter and jumper for Marian, begins the season on Jan. 19 with a trip to Eastern Illinois for the EIU Mega Meet.
Northview alumni, James Grounds and Neil Vanatti are each a member of Vincennes' indoor track team which begins its season on Jan. 12 with a trip to the Indiana University Open.
The Indiana State Sycamores kicked off their season at Eastern Illinois with wins over the host school, Butler and Western Illinois.
Sycamore junior Emily Pugh, a former Northview standout, placed sixth in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 11:00.
Nikki Royer, also a junior from Northview, placed sixth in the pole vault by clearing a height of 10-11 ¾.
Sullivan graduate Erica Moore broke the ISU record in the 600 meters with a time of 1:31.93. She was also the runnerup in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9:03. Terre Haute North graduate Kylie Hutson reached the NCAA provisional height in the pole vault when she cleared 12-11 ½.