For the Hannibal-LaGrange University women’s basketball team, wins have been hard to come by.
A winning streak seemed completely out of the question. But, that is exactly how HLG, which counts Hillsboro graduate Jade Scroggins among their players, finished the regular season. In the most recent game, a 59-54 win over William Woods University, Scroggins had six points and two steals in 13 minutes of play.
“That game was my best game of the year as far as points scored,” said Scroggins. “We were a better team this year than last year. We battled teams that blew us off the court last year. We even led a few of those teams at certain times in the game. When we won three in a row, it was finally like what we had to do to piece it all together. We had a great deal more energy and encouragement during the end of our season. Our mental preparation was good and impacted our play quite a bit.”
The winning streak started with a 78-69 victory over University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis. The UHSP was formerly known as the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Scroggins played 19 minutes and scored four points. In the 62-53 triumph over Stephens College, Scroggins had two points in five minutes of play.
Hannibal-LaGrange will enter the American Midwest Conference Tournament with a 4-18 overall record. They finished 3-13 AMC.
“We have a pretty good feeling going into the conference tournament,” said Scroggins. “The team we are playing in the first round (William Woods) split our two games. Both were decided by five points, but they needed overtime to beat us. It should be a good game and we are confident we could beat them. We have before. For next year, I want to shoot on the gun and put up at least 300 shots every time I use it. I need to become more confident in my shot. I am going to work on it with the anticipation of being able to shoot better by next year.”
Kyra Huber (Hillsboro), who runs for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, finished second in two events in another dual meet between her chosen school and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Individually, she finished second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.03 seconds, which is exactly the same time she ran in the prelim. She was topped only by sophomore teammate Mikayla Jackson, who ran a 8.02 seconds.
Huber was also a member of the Wisconsin-Oshkosh 1,600-meter relay, which finished in 4 minutes, 11.10 seconds. Wisconsin-Whitewater won the event in 4:08.90. Team scores were not kept at the event held at “Squig” Converse Track on the campus of UWW.
Maurice Radtke (Litchfield) finished second in the shot put at the Illinois College Indoor Invitational, which was held at King Fieldhouse in Jacksonville. The Greenville University thrower recorded a throw of 13.30 meters (43’7.75”). He lost only to Knox College’s Charles Broomfield, who recorded a throw of 13.42 meters (44’0.5”). He was also sixth in the weight throw, recording a throw of 11.54 meters (37’10.5”).
Isaiah Atkins (Hillsboro), a Greenville middle distance runner, finished third in the 800-meter run at IC. He finished the race in 2:08.92. In the mile run, Eli Atkins (Hillsboro), also a Greenville middle distance runner, finished seventh in the mile run, breaking the take at 5:15.66. Greenville took first with 68 points. Knox was second with 39.
Lindsey Major (Hillsboro) had four digs for Missouri Baptist University as they downed University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy, 3-0. MBU’s play was halted in November due to the pandemic. The contest was their first one since the season was halted. Missouri Baptist is 13-1 overall and 6-0 in the American Midwest Conference.
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