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Gulf Coast State top Trinity Valley to repeat as D1 champions - 1 month ago
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The story for the sixth-seed Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals did not end the way they would have hoped Saturday in the national title game. For the second straight season, the Gulf Coast State Lady Commodores knocked out TVCC in the championship game at the Rip Griffin Center. Gulf Coast beat TVCC, 87-63, to repeat as the National Junior College Athletic Association champions. 'This year has been a story and that was our motto, which was 'Our Story.' We have been telling o... [read more]
The story for the sixth-seed Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals did not end the way they would have hoped Saturday in the national title game. For the second straight season, the Gulf Coast State Lady Commodores knocked out TVCC in the championship game at the Rip Griffin Center. Gulf Coast beat TVCC, 87-63, to repeat as the National Junior College Athletic Association champions. 'This year has been a story and that was our motto, which was 'Our Story.' We have been telling our story and this was supposed to be the final chapter and it did not end the way we wanted it to,' third-year coach Gerald Ewing said. 'They don't have any reasons to hold their heads down because they are going to graduate and go on to bigger and better places. That is what we do at the Valley.' The Lady Cardinals finished off the year with a 30-6 record. It was the Lady Cardinals 20th 30-win season and was their 24th win at the national tournament in the last 28 games. Sophomore Christalah Lyons (5'7''-G) said two national runner-up finishes at the Valley leaves a lasting memory for her as a Lady Cardinal. Lyons finished her career with 16 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal. 'The past two years have been great,' Lyons said. 'We have learned a lot on and off of the court. It is time for us to branch out now.' For sophomore Malayasia McHenry, she said coach Ewing played a major role in her becoming the player she was this season. In the title game, McHenry finished with two points and six rebounds. 'My two years have been great,' McHenry said. 'I learned a lot from coach G and many other people here at the Valley. I will take everything that I learned on to the next school.' The contest was a rematch of last year's 63-47 victory for Gulf Coast in the first year the tournament was held at the Rip Griffin Center. Lyons said when it came to thinking back on last year's contest, the emotions heading into the title match were different for them as a team. 'I don't think it did, but I know we had revenge on our minds,' Lyons said. 'They played great today and that is pretty much it.' Gulf Coast jumped out to a 24-9 lead after the first quarter as they shot 57.1-percent from the field. TVCC hit just 4 of 17 shots for 23.5-percent. Ewing said the quick start by the Lady Commodores was tough for him to see. 'I don't think we were ready for the jump,' Ewing said. 'I was looking at the stats and the first quarter is what killed us. At the end of the day, as the coach I will take the hit on this one. I probably should have changed up some stuff in the first quarter. We played zone a little bit and we had a plan but then they jumped out so quick I should have made some adjustments. It was not my kids fault but my fault.' Gulf Coast (34-2 overall) coach Roonie Scovel said she was thrilled with the start by her team. 'We have had a few games like that. I thought we defended well and that has been a weakness all year,' Scovel said. 'We love to shoot, run and score and playing defense not so much. We communicated well and Shaterrika O'Neal did a good job on (Naomi) Davenport because she is pretty special. She got some points and then we put some pressure on the guard play. Jhileya Dunlap and LaSonja Edwards (6'0''-F) did a great job in the paint tonight.' Lyons cut into the deficit and got the Lady Cardinals to within eight at 26-18 on a jumper with 4:52 remaining in the first half. Gulf Coast was able to get the lead back up to 15 at the half as Edwards hit a layup off an assist from Maria Castro (5'11''-F) for the 36-21 lead. National tournament Most Valuable Player Taylor Emery (5'10''-G) for Gulf Coast finished with 11 points, two rebounds and two assists. She said transferring to Gulf Coast and winning the title made her trip with it this year. Gulf Coast is the third school to win back-to-back national titles, joining Panola (1977 and 1978) and the Lady Cards (1996 and 1997 and 2012 and 2013). The Lady Cards also added a national title in 2014 to become the only school to win three straight titles. 'It is amazing,' Emery said. 'Like coach said, we have a culture and all of our team is able to get MVP. We are all unique and great in our own ways. I love that we were able to get the national championship and rather MVP or not, I am a national champion.' For the Lady Cardinals, sophomore Naomi Davenport (6'0''-G/F) ended her career with 11 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal. She was named to the All-Tournament team along with sophomore transfer Shakeela Fowler (5'6''-G). Fowler scored 15 points to go along with six assists and one rebound for the Lady Cardinals. Jordan Alexander (6'1''-G/F-97) had 10 points and five rebounds, Dajah Daniel (6'3''-C) had five points and two rebounds and Dominique Mills had four points, five rebounds and one steal. This was the final game for Davenport, Fowler, Lyons, Ashley Murray (6'3''-F/C), Monique Mills and Dominique Mills. Sophomore Rainey Kuykendall (6'0''-F) was unable to play after suffering an injury earlier in the tournament. The Lady Cards advanced to their sixth championship game in the last seven years with a 68-66 semifinal win against No. 10 seed Shelton State. With the win against Shelton State, which was a rematch of a 61-56 semifinal win last year, the Lady Cards, in their 10th straight national tournament appearance and 22nd overall, are now 66-19 in national tournament games. The championship game was their 85th national tournament game. 'We went 30-6 and after the adversity that we went through a lot of people did not expect us to be here,' Ewing said. 'We sent some teams home too and they beat some good teams to get here. I am going to try and get back here next year. It doesn't stop and I am proud of my kids. Second place is never good but No. 2 in the country is not bad.' Courtesy of: athensreview.com
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