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Marion County College Report

Salem Grad Helps Blueboys Reverse Fortunes


What a difference a year makes

As of press time, the Illinois College Blueboys were 8-6 overall and 4-5 in the Midwest Conference with nine games left to play.

One year ago, they were 9-14 overall and 6-12 in the Midwest Conference. All the remaining games are conference contests.

"Some of us have been playing key roles for three years," said Salem graduate Zeke Light, one of three IC Blueboys averaging in double figures. "We have come together and bought into the system. Personally, I have worked on having more confidence in my shot."

Light has scored 199 points, an average of 14.2 points per game. He has nailed 63-of-116 field goals and 31-of-44 free throws. Of his field goals, 42-of-84 have been from beyond the arc.

Light also has 43 rebounds, 17 assists and 10 steals and has averaged 21.6 minutes per game through the 14 games.

Since the 2014 year started, IC has won three of their five games. They have split the last two as Light emerged off the bench and was in double figures in both contests.

In the 76-53 loss to St. Norbert College, Light scored 18 points, nailing 6-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe. He hit 3-of-7 treys.

The IC senior, who played 23 minutes, also had two rebounds. He finished with 12 points and two assists in 22 minutes of play against Knox College. IC defeated Knox 87-81.

"Our goal is to make it to the conference tournament," said Light. "Hitting those shots is a matter of believing in myself as a shooter. It is going well and I hope it continues for a long time."...

Southeastern Community College got 10 points from Warren Jones (Centralia) as they downed Indian Hills Community College 104-94. Jones, who hit 4-of-10 from the floor, which included one trey, and one free throw. He also grabbed six rebounds.

In Southeastern's 66-54 win over Marshalltown Community College, Jones had nine points, seven rebounds and two assists. Southeastern is 17-4 overall. ...

Women's Basketball

University of Southern Indiana's Stephanie Carpenter (Salem) poured in 22 points, but it was not enough to power the Screamin' Eagles to a victory over Drury University.

In the 91-89 contest, Carpenter, who hit 7-of-14 from the field, which included 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe, also had four rebounds and two assists. The starter played 39 minutes.

In USI's 91-62 victory over Missouri University of Science and Technology, Carpenter finished with 16 points and two rebounds in 20 minutes of play. She drained 6-of-11 field goals, which included 4-of-6 treys. Southern Indiana is 11-3 overall and 5-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. ...

Lindenwood University-Belleville's Kristie Owen (Salem) was in double figures against Robert Morris University-Springfield and St. Mary of the Woods.

In the 120-95 victory over St. Mary of the Woods, Owen hit 6-of-8 field goals, which included 3-of-5 three pointers, to finish with 15 points, five assists, five steals and two rebounds. She started and played 30 minutes.

She finished with 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against RMU-Springfield. In the 90-88 game, Owen was once again on fire in the field, hitting 4-of-5 field goals and both free throw opportunities. The 5-foot-3 junior guard hit 3-of-4 treys. LU-Belleville is 15-7. ...

Hannah Shores (Centralia) scored seven points to help her college team, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, defeat Bradley University 100-96. It took double overtime for SIUC to overcome the Lady Braves. Shores, who started and played 41 minutes, also had five assists and three rebounds.

Since that contest, which was the first of the 2014 year for the Salukis, they have lost their next three conference contests. Shores had four points and three rebounds in their recent 87-53 loss to University of Northern Iowa. SIUC is 3-12 overall and 1-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference. ...

John A. Logan College's Marissa Nix (Salem) has scored 43 points and 33 rebounds, respective averages of 3.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. She also had seven assists and four steals. Nix has scored her points by hitting 18-of-53 field goals and 7-of-14 free throws. Nix, who has played in 13 games and made two starts, averaged 13.0 minutes per game. John A. Logan is 5-8. ...

Khadiji Brown-Haywood (Centralia) has 11 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists and two steals for the Arkansas State University Red Wolves this year.

]She has played in 16 games and averaged 7.4 minutes per game. She scored her points by hitting four field goals (two treys) and one free throw. Arkansas State is 11-7 overall and 5-1 in the Sun Belt Conference. ...

Men's Track

Michigan State University junior DeVantre Whitelow (Centralia) won the 60-meter dash at the Bob Eubanks Open, which was held at Grand Valley State University. He finished in 6.72 seconds. Team scores were not kept. ...

Adonis Hill (Centralia) helped the Illinois State University Redbirds finish third at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology/Terre Haute Double Dual, which was held at the RHIT Recreation Center. Hill took fifth in the 200-meter dash (:23.17) and 11th in the 60-meter dash (:07.26). Illinois State finished with 52 points. Rose Hulman Institute of Technology won with 102 points. ...


John A. Logan College will resume their golf season on March 3 at the Darton Doublegate College Invitational in Albany, Georgia. During the fall months, JAL sophomore Brock Bolton (Salem) golfed four rounds and shot a 307, an average of 76.75 strokes per 18 holes. His lowest round of the fall months was a 70. ...

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