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May 2, 2013

College Report: Lively earned collegiate upgrade with strong play

TERRE HAUTE — Hillary Lively signed to play Division II basketball at Maryville (Mo.) during her senior year at North Vermillion, but those plans changed and she would up at nearby Danville Area Community College — where she recently concluded an outstanding two-year career.

Lively was impressive enough to earn a Division I scholarship to Southeast Missouri State of the Ohio Valley Conference, and both her future and past college coaches think she will continue to succeed there.

“She fits what we need,” SEMO coach Ty Margenthaler said. “She has college experience, she is strong and physical and plays well around the basket and moves well.

“Her strength, rebounding and touch around the basket will be a big help. On the defensive end, she’ll be able to guard a true center.”

Lively was twice named an All-Midwest Athletic Conference selection at DACC and was given National Junior College Athletic Association first-team all-region honors for the past season while leading the nation in field-goal percentage.

She averaged a team-best 11.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore after netting 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in her freshman season. She also dished out 1.8 assists per game this year.

At North Vermillion, Lively lettered three times in basketball and twice in track and field and served as basketball team captain as a senior in 2010.

She was named first-team all-Wabash River Conference and all-sectional twice.

Lively finished in the state’s top 10 in rebounds, averaging 11.3 per game during her senior year after averaging 16.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game during her junior season.

DACC coach Kyle Bent wishes Lively had more eligibility in his program, but is looking forward to see her move on to the next level.

“Hillary was our main presence inside,” Bent said. “We asked her to not only score but also rebound and be a physical presence defensively. Even if she didn’t score, she still had an impact on the game because other teams really focused on her.”

Bent also feels Lively’s athleticism and quickness to the ball will greatly help her at the next level.

“Hill will be a great fit at the D-1 level because she is very athletic,” he said. “You combine her athleticism with a 6-foot-1 frame and her work ethic, and she can really be an asset. She will need to work on her ball skills and continue to get stronger in the weightroom, but SEMO is getting a good one.”

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