Former Neosho High standout and Missouri Southern senior guard Chelsey Henry did not play in the first three games of the season, then she made her debut a strong one with 23 points in a 79-69 victory over Henderson State.
Henry made 8 of 15 shots from the field, 3-5 from 3-point range, and 4-7 free throws. She grabbed four rebounds and dished out an assist.
The Lady Lions made a Thanksgiving break trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico for games against Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras and Pontifical Catholic, games that the Lady Lions won 72-62 and 60-52, respectively.
Henry came through with a team-high 18 points in the win against Rio Piedras and she came back with another team high in 10 points against Pontifical Catholic.
She's averaging 17 points per game entering Saturday's home contest against Rogers State (Oklahoma). Henry needs 95 more points to reach 1,000 for her MSSU career.
The Lady Lions began their season with consecutive losses against Oklahoma Baptist and nationally-ranked Southwestern Oklahoma, but have rebounded with four straight victories, two at home and two in Puerto Rico.
Last season, Henry began her campaign with 23 points in the opener and she recorded nine more 20-point scoring nights en route to averaging 17.5 points on the season, a number second on the team and fifth in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. She placed fifth in the MIAA in free throw percentage (86.3) and eighth in field goal percentage (42.9).
— In her first four games played this season, former Neosho High stalwart and Pittsburg State senior post Morgan Brodie has certainly maximized her court time.
Averaging 10.3 minutes played, Brodie has averaged 2.3 points along with a pair of rebounds and one blocked shot per game.
Brodie played a season-best 24 minutes against Minnesota State-Moorhead and came up with two points, five rebounds, and two blocked shots.
Brodie had three blocked shots in the season opener against Northern State and was averaging 2.5 blocks after her first two games, in which she received the vast majority of her playing time.
Brodie scored three points and grabbed three rebounds in her four minutes of court time in Friday's win over Bethany at John Lance Arena.
During her freshman season, Brodie played on the Pitt State team that reached the Elite Eight in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
That Pitt State team won 29 games and overall, Brodie has played on Pitt State teams with a combined 81 wins so far.
Pitt State, 4-1 overall, does not return to action until December 5 with its conference opener against Northeastern State (Oklahoma) at John Lance.
— The Newman Lady Jets feature a couple of former Neosho area players: former Neosho High standout Makayla Hayes and former Crowder floor general Michaela Mack.
Hayes made her collegiate debut November 16 against Dallas Christian and in 15 minutes, she hit 3 of 6 field goals, 2-4 from 3-point range, en route to eight points. She had three rebounds and one assist.
On the season, Hayes thus far has appeared in two games and averaged 4.5 points and two rebounds per contest.
Mack appeared in all of Newman's first seven contests and she averaged 1.9 points and 1.7 rebounds. In 23 minutes against nationally-ranked Fort Hays (Kansas), Mack tallied four points, five rebounds, and five assists.
Newman stands at 5-2 entering its game Tuesday night against Washburn.
— Former Crowder post Zahria White cracked the starting lineup of the Southwest Baptist Lady Bearcats early on during her junior season, making four starts in five games this season.
White averaged eight points and just over five rebounds during 16 minutes per game her first five, and she's shooting over 62 percent (18-29) from the floor.
White's been consistent on the season, with 10 points her best outing against Ouachita Baptist and eight rebounds against Kansas Christian her best performance on the glass.
Southwest Baptist, 2-3 overall, returns to action Thursday with its MIAA conference opener against defending NCAA Division II national champion Central Missouri. The Jennies are 5-1 on the season, with their only loss coming against St. Mary's 101-97 in double overtime in San Antonio.
— Former McDonald County High and Crowder standout guard Coley Ickes hit the game-winning free throw for NAIA Division II Oklahoma Wesleyan on Saturday in the Lady Eagles' game against the St. Mary Spires.
Ickes hit the free throw with just half a second remaining on the clock for the 65-64 win, and she scored her Oklahoma Wesleyan high 12 points and dished out two assists.
The Lady Eagles are 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
On the season, in her first six games played, all starts, Ickes averaged 6.8 points and 1.5 rebounds.