Morthland men and women split final exhibitions


The Morthland College men and women basketball teams closed out their exhibition schedules this evening with the Morthland men winning on the road against the McKendree JV team, 99-86, while the Lady Patriots fell at home to Southeastern Illinois College, 95-60.

Will Carmickle lead the way for the Morthland men with 37 points and 19 rebounds, while Josh Overturf added 13 points and 9 rebounds.

The Lady Patriots could not contain SIC guard Anna Best who exploded for 38 points in the midst of breaking the school record for three-pointer in a game with nine.

The Morthland women had four players in double digits led by Shayly Wilce (22), Jade Vaughn (15), and newcomer Kristen Vincent chipped in 12 points in her second game as a Patriot. Junior Ashley Slack recorded 11 points and 17 rebounds to record her first double double of the year.

“We played with a lot of effort and executed the best we have all year tonight,” said head coach Ray Lewis. “Everyone played hard and played pretty good team basketball.”

The Morthland men and women will travel to Springfield, Ill. to take on Benedictine College Thursday. The women will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. and the men will hit the court at 7:30 p.m.

Lady Vols come up short at SWIC

By JOHN D. HOMAN, Logan Media Services

All-American candidate Jannelle Cannon poured in 32 points Wednesday night to lead the Southwestern Illinois College Blue Storm to a 61-54 Great Rivers Athletic Conference home victory over John A. Logan College.

Cannon, who was leading the nation in scoring at 25 points per game prior to Wednesday’s match, knocked down 9-of-22 shots from the field and 13-of-14 free throws in tallying her 32. She also had four rebounds and four steals. No other SWIC player reached double figures.

JALC sophomore transfer Autumn Miller goes up for two of her team-high 18 points Wednesday night at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville. It marked Miller’s highest offensive output of the season. (Photo courtesy Jonathan LeBlond)

Logan was led by sophomore guard Autumn Miller’s 18 points (5-of-8 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point land) and 4-of-6 at the charity stripe. Freshman post player Ashley Yateman contributed 10 points for the Vols, who fall to 7-3 overall, 1-1 in the conference. Adding eight points each were Kyra Navarrete and BreAnn Denny.

Logan trailed 26-24 at the half thanks to an 11-2 run to close out the first 20 minutes. The Vols had led by seven at 22-15 as Yateman scored four consecutive lay-ins off feeds from her teammates.

The Vols pulled within two in the second half at 37-35 on a jumper by Navarrete, but would get no closer. Cannon scored the next four points to give the Blue Storm a more comfortable spread.

The Vols shot poorly overall, converting 20-of-60 shots, including 6-of-18 from long range.

Logan head coach Marty Hawkins took the loss in stride.

“Once we got behind in the second half, it was hard for us to catch up, especially with all the free throws they were making (17-of-22),” Hawkins said. “I thought Autumn rose to the occasion and Ashley gave us a good run there in the first half. But we did a poor job against their 2-3 zone in the second half, throwing the ball away – a lot of high school floater passes.”

The Vols close out the first half of the season Dec. 15 with a 1 p.m. game against Mineral Area College in Carterville.

SIU falls to Florida Atlantic 85-81 despite 34 from Macklin


CORAL GABLES, Fla.Cartaesha Macklin scored a career-high 34 points, but the Southern Illinois women’s basketball team couldn’t hold off Florida Atlantic in an 85-81 loss to the Owls Saturday night at the UM Thanksgiving Tournament.

Playing in front of friends and family in her home state, Macklin netted 10 field goals and went 12-for-14 from the free throw line to amass the fifth highest scoring total in SIU history and the highest output by an SIU player in 10 years.

Sophomore guard Cartaesha Macklin scored 34 points.

SIU head coach Missy Tiber said Macklin’s night was sparked by a move back to the point guard position with freshman Rishonda Napier playing the two guard.

“We made some key changes that allowed two players on our team to be better, and I think it made our whole team better,” Tiber said. “‘Cartaesha had a phenomenal game. And Rishonda went for 12 points and eight rebounds. I think it also made her better.”

Despite suffering their fourth loss of the young season, the Salukis (0-4) showed tremendous signs of improvement from their previous three games. Southern came out on top of a back-and-forth first half and led as much as seven in the second before a late run by FAU (3-2) pushed the Owls over the top.

The two teams had eight ties and nine lead changes in the first half before the Salukis took a 47-44 lead into the break. The Salukis’ 47 first-half points were the most SIU has scored in a half since netting 49 in the second half against DePaul last season. Macklin scored 26 in the first half alone.

Southern ran out to its biggest lead at 51-44 two minutes into the second half before FAU responded with a 13-0 run to slingshot into the lead by six points at the 14:36 mark. The Salukis battled back within one point, but the Owls pushed the lead back to eight points at 68-60 with 10:26 left.

SIU again responded, fighting back to tie the game at 73-73 on a 3-pointer by Napier, and later tied the game again at 76-76 on a 3-point play by freshman center Dyana Pierre. The Salukis had chances in the final minutes, but missed a few free throws and couldn’t get the defensive stops they needed.

“You’ve got to give our kids credit. They didn’t roll over. They continued to fight,” Tiber said. “When it came down to it, our kids played unbelievably hard. We had a couple of turnovers and we missed a couple of free throws that we’d love to have back.”

After struggling from the free throw line through its first three games, SIU shot an efficient 20-for-27 from the stripe (74.1 percent) against FAU. Despite missing leading rebounder Alexus Patterson, who was out with an injury, SIU out-rebounded the Owls 54-39 led by a career-high 15 boards from Pierre.

Sophomore guard Mercedes Griffin also turned in the best performance of her young career, scoring 10 points with seven rebounds.

“Our defense is going to take some time,” Tiber said. “I told the team, we can get better with our effort and we can get better rebounding the ball — simple things that you can measure. I think our kids did that tonight.”

The Salukis will be back in action at noon Thursday at SIU Arena hosting IPFW for Field Trip Day.

RLC Lady Warriors fall to Moberly Area

The Rend Lake College Lady Warriors basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday at Waugh Gym in Ina.

Rend Lake lost 61-43 to Moberly Area and is now 4-1. Rend Lake Head Coach Ward McDaniel said Moberly Area was big and good, and that his team played hard, but they “just got beat.”

The Lady Warriors will head to Moberly, Mo., on Friday for two tournament games. RLC plays State Fair at 1 p.m. Friday and will rematch Moberly Area at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Lady Patriots drop game to Martin Methodist

PULASKI, Tenn. – The Morthland College women’s basketball team fell to host school Martin Methodist University 107-45 on Friday.

The Lady Patriots are off to a 0-4 start to their season, but fatigue might be a factor after playing just six players on the road last night at Bethel College, along with a quick turn-around for today’s game. Martin Methodist got off to a quick start and never looked back following a 52-26 first half. The Redhawks (4-5) shot 55 percent from the field, and 35 percent from downtown.

Morthland was led by Jade Vaughn who scored 18 points, while Gena Jones scored 15 and pulled down 5 rebounds.

The Lady Patriots won’t be back in action until Nov. 26, when they take on Blue Mountain College.

Morthland Lady Patriots fall to Bethel College

The Morthland College women’s basketball team fell to Bethel College on Thursday night, 86-38.

The Lady Patriots shot just .240 percent in the first half behind scoring leader Jade Vaughn, who scored 16 points.  Junior Gena Jones put in 13 points while pulling down 6 rebounds.

The Morthland women will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Pulaski, Tenn. to take on Martin Methodist University.

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