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Chargers' Isenhour Named Region IV Player of the Week

Chargers’ Isenhour Named Region IV Player of the Week

GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College women’s basketball player Lilly Isenhour has been named the Region IV Division II District A Player of the Week on the heels of a pair of dominant outings.

 

Isenhour, a 6-foot freshman from Clinton, Iowa, posted a pair of double-doubles last week against Arrowhead Conference foes, averaging 17.5 points and 18 rebounds in two games.

 

Isenhour had 11 points and 21 rebounds in the Chargers’ loss Tuesday against Black Hawk at home. She then tallied 24 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in Sandburg’s come-from-behind victory Thursday at Sauk Valley. They marked her 11th and 12th double-doubles on the season.

 

Isenhour is averaging 13.2 points and 10.7 rebounds on 49.4 percent shooting on the year. Against conference opponents, she is putting up 17.2 points and 12.9 boards while hitting 55.8 percent of her shots from the floor.

 

Isenhour and the Chargers host Augustana JV at 5:30 tonight before facing Illinois Valley at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for Sophomore Night.

2A Boys Basketball Regionals

2A Boys Basketball Regionals

 

Illini West will be hosting the first round of the 2A Boys Basketball Regional on Saturday, February 18th vs Pittsfield at 2:00 pm

 

The winner will advance and play Quincy Notre Dame on Wednesday, February 22 at 6:00 pm at Quincy Notre Dame. Go Chargers

Illini West Athletic Events 2/13 to 2/18 Including Regional Play

Quincy (Notre Dame) Regional

 

Sat., Feb. 11

Game 1 at 1:00 pm: (10) Beardstown at (9) Hamilton [Coop] — Game will be played at Warsaw High School 340 S. 11th St Warsaw, IL 62379

Game 2 at 5:30 pm: (12) Rushville (R.-Industry) at (6) Carthage (Illini West)

Mon., Feb. 13

Game 3 at 6:00 pm: (1) Quincy (Notre Dame) vs. Winner Game 1

Game 4 at 7:30 pm: (4) Springfield (Sacred Heart-Griffin) vs. Winner Game 2

Thu., Feb. 16

Game 5 at 7:00 pm: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

Isenhour's Late Call to Play Basketball Proving Big for Chargers

Isenhour’s Late Call to Play Basketball Proving Big for Chargers

GALESBURG — Lilly Isenhour didn’t come to Carl Sandburg College to play basketball, but an injury helped the Chargers add one of their most productive players this season.

 

Isenhour originally come to Sandburg to play volleyball. Early in the season, the 6-foot middle hitter had an ankle injury that sidelined her for nearly six weeks. As she tried to block a ball at the net, Isenhour landed awkwardly on her ankle. She ruptured her outer ligament and partially ruptured the inner ligament.

 

The freshman from Clinton, Iowa, was told she would likely need surgery on her ankle, but after a lot of physical therapy and treatment, it largely healed on its own. Isenhour, who also played basketball at Prince of Peace High School, then decided to suit up for the Chargers on the hardwood as well.

 

“I sat out almost the entire volleyball season,” Isenhour said. “That was kind of when I decided I wanted to join basketball because I was like, well, I've missed all of volleyball, basically.”

 

Despite her last-minute decision to play basketball, Isenhour has been a force. Through Jan. 30, the forward has averaged 12.5 points (second on the team) and leads the Chargers with 10.5 rebounds per contest. She recorded nine double-doubles in her first 19 games, and she’s one of just 29 players in NJCAA Division II averaging a double-double this season.

 

In addition to Isenhour’s injury playing a role in her decision to join the basketball team, her roommate, Elly Bentley, a freshman point guard for the Chargers, was also a big factor.

 

“I was kind of missing (basketball) a little bit, especially with Elly coming home every day (from practice) and talking about it with the girls,” Isenhour said.

 

Isenhour and Bentley have grown a strong bond on and off the court. Between binge-watching shows on Netflix, playing ping-pong or making dinners together, the two have built a bond that has been dynamic on the court as well.

 

“I just have that trust in her as well that she's going to be honest with me because we are that close,” Isenhour said.

 

Isenhour has a sister who played at Sandburg as well. Julia Isenhour was an all-Arrowhead Conference and all-Region IV forward at Sandburg from 2013-15. Lilly came down to watch her sister many times when she was younger. She even used to wear her own basketball jersey to come support her sister as well.

 

Isenhour has many goals for next season, one of them being able to have a full volleyball season.

 

“I'm looking forward to having a whole volleyball season because I did not really get that this year,” Isenhour said. “There's a whole new team, so I’m really excited to play next year, and then same thing for basketball, meeting the new girls and still playing with Elly.”


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