College Insider: Hamilton’s Gilbert among leaders for Central State

Junior guard Takyra Gilbert, a Hamilton High School graduate, leads the Central State women’s basketball team in scoring and assists this season. PHOTO COURTESY OF CENTRAL STATE ATHLETICS

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Junior guard Takyra Gilbert, a Hamilton High School graduate, leads the Central State women’s basketball team in scoring and assists this season. PHOTO COURTESY OF CENTRAL STATE ATHLETICS

The Central State University women’s basketball team has a pair of local players playing significant roles this season.

Junior guard Takyra Gilbert, a Hamilton High School graduate, is tied for the team lead in scoring (12.2) and tops the Marauders in assists (4.0). She’s made 14 starts while averaging 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.

Sophomore guard Brooke Spaulding (Fairfield) has played in 13 games and started seven. She’s averaging 7.8 points, 2.6 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals per contest.

CSU, 6-12 overall and 4-6 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, travels to Salem (W.Va.) on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Wrestling: Lindsey Wilson junior Latrell Davis (Middletown) went 7-1 at 149 pounds and finished third last weekend at the Missouri Valley Invitational in Marshall, Mo.

Davis won his first three matches before dropping a 3-2 decision to eventual champion Devin Reynolds of Grand View (Iowa), then posted four straight wins in the consolation bracket.

Davis helped the Blue Raiders place second among 41 teams. Lindsey Wilson will host Midway on Friday at 7 p.m.

Men's indoor track & field: Three locals competed for Northern Kentucky at the Fort Wayne Duals last weekend, with the Norse placing fifth among six teams.

Sophomore Logan Curington (Lakota West) was third in the high jump (1.85 meters) and 22nd in the 200 meters (24.76). Senior Ryan Burrows (Lakota East) placed fourth (8:53.26) and sophomore Zach Birdsall (Fairfield) finished 16th (9:21.68) in the 3,000.

NKU will travel to Marshall’s Thundering Herd Invitational this weekend.

Women's basketball: Sophomore guard Juliauna Howard (Lakota West) is contributing off the bench for Thomas More, which is 22-0 and ranked second nationally in NCAA Division III.

Howard has played in 20 games and is averaging 2.2 points, 1.1 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.8 steals per game. She’s shooting 44.8 percent from the floor and hasn’t missed a free throw (16-of-16) this season.

The Saints travel to Geneva (Pa.) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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