Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Sports

February 4, 2013

Micah Jones hits 2K, preps for playoffs

COWDEN — For the all scoring CHBC senior Micah Jones has done in her career, her biggest point came down to one of the few flaws in her game.

Jones headed to the free-throw line near the end of the Hornets' win Tuesday night, stuck on 1,999 points in her career.

Even with the game being all but over and knowing she would get the milestone at some point, Jones said she still felt the weight of the moment.

"A lot of pressure because it was a free throw, and they're not my greatest. I was like "Oh great, it had to be a free throw."

She hit one of two, and ended Tuesday's game with exactly 2,000 points.

Jones is the all-time leading in points scored in a career for the Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City Hornets, and trails just Kendra Thompson for the Cowden-Herrick school record. Thompson scored 2,083 points in 61 games between 1980 and 1984.

She scored 30 points Friday night to climb to 2,030 points for her career.

The Hornets have at least two games left: Saturday at  Dieterich and at least one game in the regional tournament.

Jones is averaging 24.3 points per game, giving her a good chance of passing Thompson, especially if they make a playoff run.

While the Illinois High School Association database does not extend all the way down to 2,000 points, looking at the list of the top 50 scorers, it's clear Jones has been one of the most prolific scorers in Illinois' high school girls basketball's history.

The top 50 list from the IHSA ends at 2,311 points, but Jones is within striking distance of that mark, and the number of players to top 2,000 is very small in the relative history of the game.

Jones appreciates the efforts that's helped her get there.

"I guess it's pretty neat," she said. "The way a lot of the games have gone, how far we'd been, it'd be four or five games (without them). Thanks to them, they helped getting me (there)."

She'll continue her career next year, as she has signed to play at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Head coach Carolyn Wendte has been with the program for 21 years, and completely understands how Jones has had the success she has had.

"I'm ecstatic for her. To have somebody do this, no one is more deserving than her," Wendte said. "Sometimes I don't think she knows what her caliber of play is. I think there's some nights where she shuts down and turns back on, tries to let the other ones around her become better players."

With Jones on the team, the Hornets have flourished, making runs to the state tournament in 2010 and 2012, finishing second last season.

Behind Jones, Ava Paruleski and Autumn Riley, the senior class that first made it to state in 2010 is prepping for one last run at the 1A title.

"I'm trying not to think about it," Jones said. "I feel like it's better than we're all thinking. I don't want to think too far ahead. Baby steps."

The Hornets lost five players from last year's state title team, and Wendte doesn't want her team thinking they're a shoo-in.

After the run to state in 2010, the group had that mentality and it cost them, Wendte said.

"They saw what it was like, they saw what happened, we got a bit of a big head," she said. "We thought everyone was going to fall over and die. It really doesn't matter who the better team is, it matters who shows up."

CHBC's regional run begins Tuesday at South Central, against an opponent that has yet to be determined.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • czachorskimug.jpg Czachorski: Extra innings intrigue unmatched

    Obscenely long baseball games are my kryptonite. Once I get sucked in, it’s impossible for me to stop watching until it’s over. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Cubs, the Cardinals, the Astros or the Mariners — if it’s on TV and it’s going into the twelfth inning or later, you can bet I’m finding a way to tune in.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-29NewtonOrientmain.JPG Newton's season ends in 14-4 loss

     Newton Post 20 almost pulled another comeback off against the Orient Miners, cutting a 5-1 deficit to 5-4 midway through Monday night’s game.
    But Newton’s Junior Legion Fifth Division tournament run came to an end, as Orient rattled off nine runs in the sixth inning and clinched a spot in the state tournament with a 14-4 win.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-28NewtonSundaygame2.JPG Comeback win keeps Post 20 alive in 10-7 win

    Newton Post 120 didn’t let a 4-1 deficit get to them against Highland Post 439, using a patient approach in the face of an elimination game.
    Three bases-loaded walks in the bottom of the third tied the game at 4-4, and with the bases loaded down 5-4 in the fourth, Tim Weber broke the game open with a two-run double and an error.
    By the time the dust settled, Newton led 10-5 heading to the sixth inning and would hold on to a 10-7 win to keep its season alive.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-28NewtonSundaygame1.JPG Salem deals Newton first divisional loss

    Mitch Bierman started off Newton Post 20’s game against Salem Post 128 with a bang Sunday afternoon, hitting a leadoff triple and scoring on the next batter.
    Post 20’s offense didn’t follow his lead from there, as Newton had just three more hits and no runs, and falling in a Junior Legion Fifth Division winner’s bracket game to Salem 12-1 in seven innings.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_0725.JPG Newton Post 20 bests Belleville Post 58 in opener 6-1
    After a 9-3 loss to Breese Post 252 Gray Monday night, Newton Post 20 coach John Grunloh predicted the five-day break until the Junior Legion Fifth Division tournament would be good for his players, especially his pitchers. 
    Mitch Jansen proved his coach right, spinning a gem in Newton's opener Saturday afternoon as Post 20 made short work of Belleville Post 58 6-1. 

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • daughertyfootball.jpg Hearts to prep with Mattoon 7-on-7

    Two weeks ago, Effingham was supposed to start shaking off the rust with a 7-on-7 football tournament in Mattoon. Naturally, it rained and was canceled.
    So Saturday, the Flaming Hearts will head up to Mattoon and play their first 7-on-7 event of the season, taking part in an 10- team field with Mattoon, Rochester, Robinson, Marshall, Cahokia and Pleasant Plains from Illinois, with Terre Haute North and Northview coming from Indiana. Rochester is bringing two squads.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mammoser3.jpg Newton Post 20 plays Belleville Saturday

    With the District 23 tournament behind them, Newton Post 20 now knows its fate for the Fifth Division Junior Legion tournament this weekend in Bethalto.
    Newton will play Belleville Post 58 at 2:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Bethalto, in the third game of six on the day.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bateman.jpg Effingham's season comes to a close with 11-1 loss to Salem

    A 1-0 lead for Effingham Post 120 rapidly evaporated, and the post’s Junior Legion season came to an end with a 11-1 loss in five innings to Salem Post 128 Tuesday night.
    The game was for the final spot of District 23 in the divisional tournament, with Newton Post 20 and Breese Post 252 Gray punching their tickets by winning their district divisions.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bierman.jpg Newton Post 20 falls short against Breese Gray 9-3

    While the District 23 title ultimately exceeded Newton Post 20’s grasp, their season will continue in Bethalto.
    Newton took on Breese Post 252 Gray for the Junior Legion District 23 title as the two division winners, but Breese’s bats proved too much for Newton in an 9-3 loss for Post 20.
    “The innings where they put some runs on us, we gave them some extra outs,” said Newton coach John Grunloh. “You’ve got to make the plays when you play better teams.”

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Barnes3.jpg Barnes' one-hitter boosts Post 120; Effingham beats Dieterich 1-0

    Ryan Barnes hasn’t seen a lot of time with Effingham Post 120’s junior legion team this season, but he showed up in a big way Monday night in a 1-0 win over Dieterich Post 628.
    The win kept Effingham’s season alive one more day in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament, as the post will face Salem Post 128 at 5:30 p.m. today for the district’s final spot in the divisional round. Salem Post 128 downed Mt. Vernon Post 141 1-0 in the West Division loser’s bracket, setting up the final with Effingham today.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.