Injuries are to be endured every season, but the Johnstown-Monroe High School girls basketball team has had more than its share over the past few weeks.

Injuries are to be endured every season, but the Johnstown-Monroe High School girls basketball team has had more than its share over the past few weeks.

The Johnnies might have lost one of their top post player for the season, they were without their point guard for a three-game stretch and now a key role player has a concussion. But they still were 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the MBC before playing East Knox on Jan. 21.

Johnstown won only four regular-season games a year ago.

"(Sophomore point guard) Laiken Valentine suffered a knee injury in our (61-56) win over Fredericktown (on Dec. 22)," coach Carl Dufford said. "She came off the bench to work her way back (during a 56-26 win) against Grandview (on Jan. 11) and (a 72-65 win over) Utica (on Jan. 14).

"(Sophomore post player) Makenzie Spang broke an ankle (in a 56-44 loss to West Lafayette) Ridgewood (on Dec. 29) and has had a boot removed and now has a smaller brace. She's walking pretty well right now and we have our fingers crossed that she can come back for the postseason. We're optimistic, but we don't really know."

Kerrigan Williams stepped in to add depth when Valentine missed three games. But the freshman guard suffered a concussion in a 52-47 loss to Northridge on Jan. 7.

"We're going through all of these injuries, but there have been some positives," Dufford said. "We have some kids who are now stepping up and have been adding to the program."

Dufford said senior wing player Christine Snowden, sophomore guard Arika Sayer and sophomore wing player Taylor Thomas all have provided a lift.

Against Utica, freshman forward Chelsea Cannon led the Johnnies with 32 points and eight rebounds while sophomore guard Natalie Carpenter had 13 points. Senior forward Sarah Thomas had 12 points and nine rebounds and Valentine added seven rebounds and six assists.

"When you get your point guard back, that helps out a lot, but we really played well against a very good Utica team," Dufford said. "We had a rough time against Northridge, but (the Vikings) really played an outstanding game.

"After the loss to Northridge, we had a great week of practice and played one of our best games of the year against Utica. (Coach) Michelle Snow gets a lot of mileage out of her kids (at Utica) and I have a lot of respect for what they have been doing over there with that program. That really was a big win for us."

Through 12 games, Carpenter was averaging a team-leading 17.7 points, along with 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists. Cannon averaged 14.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Spang was leading in rebounding (8.8) and blocks (1.9) while averaging 6.4 points.

Valentine was averaging a team-high 6.1 assists to go with 8.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. Sarah Thomas added 7.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, and Marissa Sheets was averaging 7.3 points and 2.8 assists.

•The wrestling team competed Jan. 21 in the New Albany Invitational.

On Jan. 14, the Johnnies finished eighth (89.5 points) in the 11-team Thornville Sheridan Invitational behind champion Sheridan (259.5). Sophomore Clayton Bullard won the title at 182 pounds.

"Every meet we have gone to, 182 has been the toughest class," coach Jared Writesel said. "Clayton came out and beat (Tyler) Harble from Licking Valley, who had beaten him by six points in the Licking County meet (Dec. 17 at Lakewood). But Clayton pinned (Harble) in the semifinal at Sheridan and then pinned (Brad Minnard of Amanda-Clearcreek) in the final (in 3 minutes, 8 seconds)."

Senior Joey Dismuke (195) and junior Corey Lamer (170) were both third, and sophomores Aaron Davis (220) and Alex Workman (152) were both sixth at Sheridan.

The Johnnies dropped to 1-5 in MBC dual meets after losing to Fredericktown 41-29 and Centerburg 54-29 on Jan. 18.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Johnnies travel to the Jimmy Wood Memorial at New Lexington.

•The girls soccer program will have its first college player in Chelsea Rowe, who was scheduled to sign with Indiana Tech on Jan. 20.

Indiana Tech is an NAIA Division II school in Fort Wayne.

"I like that it's a small school and they also have a great soccer program and a great engineering school," said Rowe, who has a 3.86 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and is the daughter of Mitch and Janene Rowe. "I'm getting money for my academic studies as well as more for playing soccer. I think it will be exciting to be able to represent Johnstown soccer at the next level."

Rowe played on the boys soccer team as a freshman and sophomore, before the girls program began two years ago. Rowe had 10 goals and 21 assists in two seasons with the girls team.