Bright’s Grove hoop star had all-star season in U.S.

St. Pat’s grad Caroline Hummell just finished her third year playing basketball for Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. (Mount St. Mary’s Athletics)

Troy Shantz

Bright’s Grove native Caroline Hummell has been turning heads on the court south of the border.

The former St. Patrick’s basketball star recently earned All-NEC Third Team honours after an outstanding regular season with division one Mount St. Mary’s University.

She led her team in scoring averaging 10.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 41% from the floor.

Hummell was ranked 6th in the division, finishing with 79% at the free-throw line and top 20 in scoring, field goal percentage, blocked shots and offensive rebounds in the 10-team conference.

The Journal caught up with the Bright’s Grove native during a spring break visit home after her squad was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by divisionrival and 4th-ranked Bryant University.

It was a disappointing playoff but the season was personally her best yet in Maryland, she said.

“I worked on my explosiveness from the perimeter, attacking the rim. I tried to implement that in my game this year and I’ve had a lot of success with it.”

The loss of some key senior Mountaineers gave her and other younger teammates a chance to step up, she said.

“They graduated, so I’m basically the next in line.”

Hummell said she doesn’t often get back home, so the first-round elimination was bittersweet. It provided a spring break, which usually conflicts with the post-season.

She adds she has fond memories of playing for St. Pat’s under the guidance of Ed Dragan.

She was an important part of the Fighting Irish 2013 AAAA OFSAA bronze medal, a game in which she netted 24 points in a 56-35 victory over Pickering.

The connections she made at high school – attending St. Christopher’s before St. Pat’s – are still strong, she said.

St. Pat's grad Caroline Hummell just finished her third year playing basketball for Mount St. Mary's  University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. (Mount St. Mary’s Athletics)

St. Pat’s grad Caroline Hummell just finished her third year playing basketball for Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. (Mount St. Mary’s Athletics)

“I still keep in touch with my high school coach, and he still talks to me about how he’s still following me, so it’s nice to know that there’s people in the community that are still keeping check on me,” she said.

“That’s just another reason that keeps me motivated.”

The psychology major said her plan is to attend grad school and hopefully wind up back in Sarnia area — or at least somewhere in Canada.

But she doubts basketball or coaching are in the cards after school, she said.

“I honestly have so much respect for coaches, especially coaches of females. They’re a different breed to be able to handle us,” she said with a laugh.

“I have a lot of respect for those coaches, coaches that I’ve had. I don’t think that I’d be able to do it!”