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COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Young starts postseason journey

Mar. 14—The conference tournament season brings new life and one final chance to make an impact.

For Oakwood native and Murray State forward Katelyn Young, she starts her opportunity today in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament in Moline.

The Racers (19-10) will play Bradley at 8:30 p.m. in a rematch of Saturday's regular season finale. In that game, Murray State won 81-64 as Young had 27 points with six rebounds.

Murray State was coming off a 85-75 loss to Illinois State on March 7 as Young had 21 points, nine rebounds and two assists.

If the sixth-seeded Racers win today, they will play No. 3 ranked Missouri State on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Young is the lone local player still playing in March as seasons and careers ended.

Schlarman grad Anaya Peoples ended her run at DePaul in the Big East Tournament last week as the Blue Demons lost to Seton Hall 71-64 to finish the season at 12-20.

Peoples had four points and five rebounds in the game, but ended her final season at DePaul with an All-Big East Second Team selection.

Another senior wrapping things up is Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin grad Emily Meidel.

Meidel started the season only averaging 7.7 minutes a game for the Eastern Illinois girls basketball team, but as the season went on, Meidel averaged 19.5 points over the last 15 games.

"The one thing is that she's incredibly smart, and she can play so many spots," Eastern Illinois coach Bollant said in an article in the Daily Eastern News. "We joke that Emily has never made a B in her life, and that translates to basketball as well. We put her in different spots; she really plays the two through four."

Meidel had four points with 11 rebounds in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament as the Panthers beat Tennessee State 60-48.

"It's definitely bittersweet," Meidel said in a story for The Daily Eastern News. "I'm just trying to take every game as something to be thankful for and cherish this opportunity with the team, play like it could be the last."

The Panthers would fall to top seed Southern Indiana 69-54 as Meidel had 11 points with two rebounds and two steals.

Danville graduate Sean Houpt finished up with the William & Mary men's basketball team at the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.

Houpt had six points with four rebounds in the Tribe's 79-62 win over North Carolina A&T in the first round, but lost 67-56 in the second round to Towson as Houpt had seven points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Schlarman grad Capria Brown finished up her first season at Central Michigan in almost the same way as Meidel. Brown had to sit out the first semester before finally starting play with the Chippewas and was able to build up key playing time.

In the final game of the season for Central Michigan on Saturday, Brown had eight points with three assists and two rebounds as the Chippewas lost to Akron 65-57.

Danville native Tevin Smith wrapped up his first season with Cleveland State as the Vikings were able to make it to the Horizon League semifinals.

Smith started the tournament with eight points as Cleveland State beat IUPUI 85-66 on March 6. In the quarterfinals against Youngstown State, he had 15 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a 82-70 win.

With the quarterfinal win, the Vikings went to the Horizon League Semifinals in Indianapolis, where they lost to eventual champion Oakland 74-71 as Smith had four points and three rebounds.