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Marion County College Report

Salem grad Ellen Young nets 24
for USI in conference opener

November 8, must seem like a long time ago for Ellen Young and the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles.

For most of us, it was merely one month ago. For the Screaming Eagles, it was the last time they lost a basketball game. Since then, it has been seven consecutive victories, including the latest win, an 89-63 triumph over Bellarmine University, which was the Great Lakes Valley Conference opener for both teams.

As for Young, she exploded for 24 points, missing only one field goal in the contest. She hit 8-of-9 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws. She was also perfect from three-point land, hitting 4-of-4. The former Wildcat also had three steals and two rebounds.

"I want to do well, but winning is the most important thing," Young said. "My performance is always directly related to our success as a team. I am the most happy when the team and I have a good night. We were picked pretty low at the beginning of the season and we are out to make a statement."

Young and the Screaming Eagles are definitely doing that. The loss on Nov. 8 was to Indiana State, a NCAA Division I team. Since it was an exhibition game, it did not count against USI’s season record.

Besides the win over Bellarmine to open the month of December, USI defeated St. Francis of Indiana (76-61) and Hillsdale College (91-83). Young was in double figures in both contests. In the win over Hillsdale, the junior scored 15 points by hitting 5-of-12 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws. She also finished with six rebounds and two steals.

She finished with 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in the triumph over St. Francis. Both contests were held at the Bellarmine Thanksgiving Classic. USI is now 8-2 overall and 1-0 in the GLVC.

"I believe we are in the best Division II Conference in the country," Young said. "We want to continue to get better. Our record is very good, but we also realize we could be undefeated also, because we did not play well in those two games."...

Men's Basketball

Centralia grad Matt Shaw scored 22 points for Illiabum Clube to lead the pro franchise to its first win of the year during a 70-66 win over Fisica Desportiva De Torres Vedras. Shaw, who did not go to the free throw line once, drained 9-of-14 field goals including 4-of-6 from beyond the 3-point arc. Shaw also had nine rebounds, three assists and two steals. The former Orphans star also had three personal fouls in the contest. Illiabum Clube, which is based in Portugal, is 1-3. ...

Joey Parker, a Centralia grad and Lindenwood senior, scored 11 points during a 69-61 win over Hannibal-LaGrange College. Parker scored his points on one field goal and nine free throws. He also had four assists, two rebounds and two steals.

In Lindenwood's 77-48 win over Columbia College, Parker finished with eight points, five rebounds and three assists. Both games occurred at the Columbia Classic. Lindenwood is 6-2 overall. ...

Lincoln Land Community College is 3-4 through its first seven games. Centralia grad Carlton Westbrook, a LLCC sophomore guard, has scored 35 points in his four games of play. Besides his 8.75 points per game, he also has 15 assists, 11 rebounds, five steals and three blocked shots. Westbrook has nailed 14-of-27 field goals, 4-of-5 from the charity stripe and has struck thrice from beyond the arc.

LLCC freshman Devin Wells, who has played in five games, has 26 points, an average of 5.2 points per game. The former Centralia Orphan also has seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Wells has scored his points by hitting 12-of-24 field goals, which includes two treys. ...

McKendree University split a pair of games at the Union Thanksgiving Classic, falling 68-60 to the host school and winning against Freed-Hardeman University 74-63. Former Metro East Lutheran basketball player Andy Wolff, a McKendree player, finished with the victory with eight points. The Centralia resident also had four assists, three rebounds and two steals. He tallied four points and two rebounds in the loss. McKendree is 8-2 overall. ...

Salem graduate and Greenville senior John Fischer scored four points as GC defeated St. Louis Christian College 81-72. Fischer also had three steals in his eight minutes of play. Thus far this year, Fischer has 21 points, nine steals, eight assists and six rebounds. Fischer has hit eight field goals (three treys) and two free throws. Greenville is 1-5 overall and 0-1 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. ...

Golf

Jeffrey Miller, a Centralia grad, golfed eight rounds for the Southern Illinois-Carbondale Salukis this fall. Miller averaged 80 strokes per 18 holes, finishing with a low round of 75. He was under 80 in three rounds, including two at the Murray State Invitational. The Salukis will resume their season on Feb. 20 at the Frito Lay AT&T Intercollegiate, which will be held in Chowta, Mississippi. ...

Zach Phillips, an Illinois-Springfield sophomore, took 623 strokes over eight rounds this fall to finish with an average of 77.88 per 18 holes. Phillips had a low round of 75 during the fall months and finished in the top 10 in one tournament. ...

Salem grad Travis Oglesby recently finished the fall portion of his golf season. The McKendree sophomore shot four rounds this fall and finished with a stroke count of 316, which is an average of 79 per round. His lowest round was a 74 shot at the Summer Shoot-Out in Fulton, Missouri. The spring schedule for McKendree has yet to be posted. ...