MOUNT CARMEL — The Wabash Valley College basketball Warriors start second half of the season with an 8-4 record and on a three game win streak.
The Lady Warriors are having a great season, 13-0 and ranked 7th in the last NJCAA national poll. Next polls will be out on Jan. 8.
The Lady Warriors were scheduled to open January play at Arkansas State University Mid-South this Saturday, but due to student-athletes who were academically ineligible, the Lady Greyhounds had to cancel the rest of the 2019 season. Only four students were academically eligible. At the end of December, the Lady Greyhounds were 0-10.
Both the Warriors and Lady Warriors open up 2019 on the road at Lake Land College Wednesday, Jan. 9. The Lady Lakers should give the Lady Warriors a good game. They are currently 11-2 and have won nine games in a row. The Lady Lakers are 4-1 in the Great Rivers Conference with the lone loss at the hands of Lincoln Trail in mid-November 71-57. They also will have played three games already since Christmas break before they tip off against the Lady Warriors.
The Lakers play John Wood before they host the Warriors. They are currently 4-8, winless in conference play at 0-5 in the GRAC.
Women’s coach Jack Trosper has four Lady Warriors in double figures. Keya Patton a freshman is averaging 14.1 points per game and 5.5 rebounds. Sophomore Dazha Congleton averages 11.8 points per game and 5.5 rebounds, sophomore Marie Hunter averages 11.5 points per game and sophomore Alexi Thomas averages 10.8 points per game. Freshman center Pearl Dean averages a team-high 8.7 rebounds.
Head coach Mike Carpenter has three players scoring in double figures. Sophomore Josh Thomas averages 14.4 points per game followed by sophomore Anthony Christian at 12.2 points per game and team-high 5.9 rebounds, sophomore transfer Chucky Wilson averaging 11.3 points per game and sophomore center Levi Cook averages 5.7 rebounds.
The Warriors have 10 home games and the Lady Warriors have eight games on their schedule. There's still time to sign up to be part of the booster program at the college. Call the college 263-4999 and ask for the athletic department.