Times Sports Editor
College basketball teams began their conference schedules following, for many, a break for the holidays.
With the rigors of the college game beginning to take their toll, two county high school graduates are hoping to return to the court during the second half following injury and illness.
Saint Mary-of-the Woods returned to action after a nearly two-week break in its schedule, but without Jennifer Gregg who has an injured hand. The Northview graduate's loss further depletes an already thin roster that also contains guard Lexee Hayes, a 2007 graduate of Northview.
Hayes put together perhaps her best game as a collegiate on Jan. 3 at Greensville, Ill.
The Pomeroys' freshman ripped off a team-high 18 points to go with six rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes of action. But the effort wasn't enough as Greenville used a 27-point night from Meredith Banal to win 69-61.
In a Dec. 18 contest against Clermont College before the break, Hayes came off the bench for 11 points, two steals and two assists in an 85-78 victory.
At Marian College, redshirt sophomore Heath Chamberlain has missed the Knights' last four games, not coincidentally, all losses.
According to Marian head coach John Grimes, Chamberlain has been out of the lineup due to an illness.
The youthful roster has just one senior and two juniors with the rest made up of 13 freshmen and sophomores.
The 6'7 Chamberlain had started in all 11 games he'd played in for the 6-9 Knights and he'd averaged 9.3 ppg. and 6.2 rpg and is tied for the lead in blocks with 11.
In Indianapolis, IUPUI sophomore and former Northview Knight, Julia Whitted, scord 11 points and added seven rebounds on Tuesday night as her Jaguars won their first conference game of the season.
Whitted saw 25 minutes of action in the start and blocked three shots during the 56-51 win over the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
On Saturday, Whitted had her third career double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds with two blocks in 30 minutes of court time during a 56-51 defeat.
For the season, Whitted is second on the team in scoring at 11.7 ppg. and averages seven rebounds per contest as well. Her 37 blocks is by far the best on the squad and she has hit 45 percent of her shots from the field while starting all 15 games and averaging 24 minutes per contest for the 5-10 Jags.
Lincoln Land College started the post-holiday schedule with a 67-61 win over defending Region 24 champions, Lewis and Clark.
The Loggers and 2007 Northview graduate Matt Stuckey improved to 9-7 overall.
Five Lincoln Land players scored in double-figures with Stuckey knocking home three shots from 3-point range on the way to 11 points and three rebounds.
At Olney Central College in Illinois, Clay City graduate Whitney McWilliams is a part of the Blue Knights program that fell to 5-9 overall with a loss to Lakeland, 80-56.
McWilliams' statistics for that game were not readily available.
Statistics also were not available for Lincoln Christian basketball team for which 2007 Northview alumni, Josiah Brock competes.
The indoor track season gets underway this weekend for Neil Vanatti and James Grounds, both former Northview standouts who compete for Vincennes. Nikki Royer and Emily Pugh will compete for Indiana State's indoor team at Eastern Illinois this weekend.