Prep notebook: Western-Payson's Hickerson avoids serious injury, C-SE without Lantz, Clampitt scores 1,000th point

The injured Laney Lantz comes out of the locker room in street cloths with the C-SE coaching staff. | H-W Photo/Michael Kipley
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 7, 2017 1:35 am

Haley Hickerson is thankful she escaped serious injury.

Hickerson, a guard for the Western-Payson girls basketball team, was absent from the team's warmups before Saturday's game against Hannibal. Hickerson was in a car crash the night before, and Wildcats coach Elizabeth Seals said the car rolled several times.

Hickerson, who scored her 1,000th career point earlier this year, was diagnosed with a concussion and was resting at home during Saturday's game.

"They called me at like 10 (Friday) night," Seals said. "I was told the sheriff told them he doesn't know how she's alive. She totaled the car."

Seals said Hickerson should play again but must recover from her injuries first.

"She's super sore," Seals said. "Hopefully she's OK, and we can get her back in a couple of weeks."

Seals has plan for when baby comes

Seals and her husband are expecting their first child Feb. 2 -- one day before regional play begins.

When the child is born, Seals will obviously miss time on the Wildcats' bench. Assistant coach Mike Fray will take over when that happens.

"I told everyone the plan in June," Seals said. "Thank God I have Mike. If I didn't have him, I don't know what I'd do with myself. He's the best tutor to have. He loves the game and the girls, and I'm so happy he's helping me out."

C-SE without Lantz again

The Central-Southeastern girls basketball team is in a familiar position, and it's not one Panthers coach Matt Long wants.

All-state guard Laney Lantz injured her right knee late during last week's victory over Macomb. She was wearing street clothes during C-SE's 49-27 loss to Illini West, but no brace was visible on the knee.

Long said Lantz is day-to-day.

"If she's ready to go next Monday, she'll go," Long said.

Lantz injured her left knee last season and missed two weeks. She returned for C-SE's first regional game and helped the Panthers reach the Class 2A state tournament for the second straight season.

C-SE had seniors in Alaina Vance and Brianna Hildebrand who could take care of ballhandling duties last year. C-SE doesn't have players like them this year.

"Every good basketball team needs a go-to person," Long said. "If that person is out like Laney is, someone needs to fill that void. We're still searching for that person."

Clampitt scores 1,000th career point

Chargers senior guard Baylee Clampitt surpassed the 1,000-point milestone on a layup with 3:40 remaining in the second quarter of Illini West's 49-27 victory over C-SE on Monday.

"I didn't realize I had it, but I knew I was close," she said. "It was one of my goals."