The College Report: Scroggins Plays Through The Pain


Not even an injury can keep Jade Scroggins from the basketball floor. 

The Hannibal-LaGrange University player, a Hillsboro graduate, is struggling with a hand injury, but even dealing with a hairline fracture above one of her knuckles and some hyper-extended ligaments in one of her hands, it only took her until the second game to get into double figures. In addition, she only missed a double-double by only one rebound. Unfortunately for the HLG Trojans, they still lost an 80-64 decision to Culver-Stockton University. She finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. 

“I make sure to take some Tylenol and wrap my finger up,” said the former Hiltopper. “I wrap two of my fingers together. This way of wrapping is like a soft cast. It protects my finger a great deal and helps with the pain when I am receiving a pass or shooting. At first, I was not used to the pain and my shots were a little short. I had to train myself to follow through and made sure to RICE. Once I got used to the pain, it became tolerable.”

The 5-foot-6 junior guard finished with 11 points and nine rebounds in her 23 minutes of play. She emerged off the bench and hit 4-of-8 from the field and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe. She was one of three Trojans in double figures. The other two in double figures were both starters. 

“I had no idea I was even close to a double-double,” said Scroggins of the game against Culver-Stockton. “When I found out that I had missed it by one rebound, I was a little upset with myself for fouling out. My playing time was cut a little bit short and I am certain I could have gotten one more rebound.”

The Trojans are currently searching for their first win and are currently 0-3. They opened the season with a 69-29 loss to Iowa Wesleyan University. Scroggins, who played 10 minutes off the bench, finished the loss with four points and two rebounds. In the third game of the year, a 57-35 loss to Missouri Valley College, Scroggins, who played 19 minutes, finished with two points. 

Scroggins, listed on the roster as a junior, has this season and a possible two more years of eligibility if she so desires. 

Abby Brockmeyer (Lincolnwood) poured in 21 points for Southern Illinois University, but it was not enough to power the Lady Salukis beyond University of Missouri-Kansas City. In the 67-46 SIUC loss, Brockmeyer, who hit 8-of-13 from the floor and 5-of-17 from the charity stripe, completed the double-double with 13 rebounds and two steals. The starter played 31 minutes. In the 59-49 loss to nationally ranked University of Tennessee, Brockmeyer started and played 36 minutes. She finished with four points, eight rebounds, all of which were defensive, four assists and two steals. 

Alex Bishop (Litchfield), a Purdue University-Northwest golfer, finished third at the Davenport University-hosted Panther Invitational. It was held at Stoatin Brae in Gull Lake, Michigan. Bishop shot a 143 for 36 holes. He was only four strokes from the winning total of 139, which was shot by Ohio Dominican University’s Mack Cushman. Purdue-Northwest took ninth with a 626. Ohio Dominican won the outing with a 580. 

Sammi Matoush (Hillsboro) scored 16 points as her college team, Washington University, lost a 66-64 battle to DePauw University at the Midwest Challenge held at Illinois Wesleyan University. Matoush hit 5-of-11 from the field, which included a 2-of-5 performance from beyond the arc, and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. The starting guard, who played 24 minutes, also had five rebounds. In the Lady Bears’ 83-80 loss to Rhodes College, Matoush had four points and three rebounds. The starting guard played 12 minutes.

Trevor Geggie (Litchfield), a Knox College football player, scored the final touchdown of the game as Knox was topped 27-20 by Illinois College. Geggie caught a three-yard touchdown pass from Kaile Williams with 1:03 to play. The drive, which was eight plays and 65 yards, took 44 seconds to complete. Geggie caught a total of three passes for 18 yards. He also had five rushing yards on one carry. Knox is 2-4 both overall and in the Midwest Conference. 

Raymond Wille (Hillsboro) had three tackles, two of which were solos, for Lyon College in their 35-6 loss to Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Lyon is 0-3 overall and 0-2v in the Sooner Athletic Conference. 

Lexi Throne (Litchfield) finished 105th in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Cross Country Championships held at the Lewis University XC Course and held in Romeoville. The University of Illinois-Springfield runner toured the 6,000-meter course in 25 minutes, 34.45 seconds. Illinois-Springfield took seventh with 162 points. University of Southern Indiana took first with 44 points. 

Cara Pence (Litchfield) had two digs for North Central University in their 3-0 loss to Martin Luther College. North Central is 10-18 overall and 5-9 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

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Dan Chamness is a freelance college sports writer. He can be contacted at


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