Smith has perfect game for Blackburn

It was a perfect performance from the field.

Blackburn College’s Ryan Smith, a Vandalia grad, scored 14 points in Blackburn’s 76-53 loss to Fontbonne University recently. Smith hit 7-of-7 from the field. He also pulled down two rebounds in the contest. Smith also had eight points, three steals and two rebounds in Blackburn’s 81-52 loss to Webster University.

Fellow Vandalia grad Blake Doehring also played in two games. He had his best performance in an 82-64 loss to Greenville College, scoring nine points and doling out four assists. He tallied three points and two rebounds in the loss to Webster. Blackburn is 1-10 overall and 0-5 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Former Vandalia basketball player Eric Hobbie was in double figures in both McKendree University wins this week. In a 78-63 win over William Woods University, the Bearcat freshman scored 11 points by hitting 4-of-8 from the field and 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. He struck twice from beyond the arc. The freshman led the team in steals (five) and blocked shots (four). He also grabbed four boards.

Hobbie and the rest of the Bearcats then downed Williams Baptist College, 98-73. It was significant in the career of Harry Statham, college basketball’s winningest coach. It was win No. 950 for the veteran coach.

Hobbie grabbed a team-high nine rebounds to go along with 10 points and two assists. He drained 4-of-10 from he field, which included 1-of-2 from 3-point land. He also had one charity toss.

McKendree is 12-5 overall and 2-0 in the American Midwest Conference.

The Greenville College Lady Panthers got 12 points from Vandalia grad Meredith Banal in a performance that helped Greenville thump Blackburn, 66-47. Banal had four field goals (one trey) and three free throws in the recent contest. She also had six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Former South Central player Susan Githinji pulled down a team-high eight boards in the game to go along with four points and two assists.

In addition, Greenville also lost a 70-51 decision to Maryville University this week. Githinji and Banal each tallied six points. Githinji also had five rebounds, while Banal had three steals. Greenville is 8-4 overall and 3-1 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Brianne Taylor, a Vandalia grad, scored two points as her college team, MacMurray College, lost a 57-39 decision to Westminster College recently. Taylor also had three rebounds. MacMurray has struggled to a 1-9 overall record. They are 1-4 in the SLIA Conference.

Kaskaskia College’s Reuben Betts has played in four games this year. The Mulberry Grove grad has scored nine points, pulled down 12 rebounds and doled out two assists. Kaskaskia is 14-1 overall and 2-1 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. …

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