Gulf Coast State top Trinity Valley to repeat as D1 champions - 13 hours 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
Perfect Kirkwood take home D2 trophy - 14 hours ago
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The Johnson County Community College women's basketball team's bid for a national championship this season came to an end on Saturday night. Johnson County lost to Kirkwood (Iowa) 61-46 in the NJCAA Division II championship game in Harrison, Ark. Johnson County, the No. 2 seed, ended the season at 33-3. Kirkwood, the tournament's top seed, completed an undefeated season with a 37-0 record. Johnson County won national titles in 2000 and 2015 but was unable to add another such title on Satu... [read more]
The Johnson County Community College women's basketball team's bid for a national championship this season came to an end on Saturday night. Johnson County lost to Kirkwood (Iowa) 61-46 in the NJCAA Division II championship game in Harrison, Ark. Johnson County, the No. 2 seed, ended the season at 33-3. Kirkwood, the tournament's top seed, completed an undefeated season with a 37-0 record. Johnson County won national titles in 2000 and 2015 but was unable to add another such title on Saturday night. Austin Richarson, Johnson County's leading scorer, led the team with 10 points against Kirkwood. Richardson, who played in high school at Lee's Summit West, also had five rebounds. Kyessence Collins (5'6''-G), who played at Raytown, finished with eight points, six rebounds and six assists for Johnson County. Arielle Jackson (5'7''-G), from Shawnee Mission Northwest, added nine points on three three-pointers. Simone Goods (6'2''-C) had game-highs of 19 points and 17 rebounds for Kirkwood, which outrebounded Johnson County 42-29. Johnson County fell behind 33-21 by halftime. Johnson County did outscore Kirkwood 15-10 in the third quarter but was unable to catch up with Kirkwood. Johnson County came into the game on a 16-game winning streak and had not lost a game since a 79-74 defeat to Labette on Jan. 21 in Parsons, Ks., in a Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference game. Courtesy of: kansascity.com
Beard scores career-high 32, Lady Texans down Monroe 85-73 to advance to round of 16 - 5 days ago
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Jasauen Beard (6'1''-G-95) knew her second chance would come soon enough. The exact moment, however, remained uncertain. It would be safe to say that opportunity arrived on Monday in the opening round of the 2017 NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball National Tournament at the Rip Griffin Center as Beard scored a career-high 32 points to lead the No. 9 seeded Lady Texans past the No. 24 seed in Monroe College 85-73. "When I came here it was kind of like a second chance type thing," Beard sa... [read more]
Jasauen Beard (6'1''-G-95) knew her second chance would come soon enough. The exact moment, however, remained uncertain. It would be safe to say that opportunity arrived on Monday in the opening round of the 2017 NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball National Tournament at the Rip Griffin Center as Beard scored a career-high 32 points to lead the No. 9 seeded Lady Texans past the No. 24 seed in Monroe College 85-73. "When I came here it was kind of like a second chance type thing," Beard said. "One of the things we talked about in recruiting was winning a national championship. That's one of the reasons I came here and had a chip on my shoulder. It seems like it's just one step closer to what we've been working for all year." Leading 60-52 heading into the final 10 minutes of regulation, the Lady Texans watched their lead get cut to just one when Monroe's Lisana Burnett converted at the rim in traffic midway through the fourth. Following a timeout from Lady Mustangs' head coach Ricky Johns , the South Plains' faithful rose to their feet. Beard seemed to feed off the energy as the Midwest City, Oklahoma native proceeded to lead the Lady Texans on an 11-2 run, scoring 15 of her 24 second half points in the final stint as South Plains extended its lead to 10 on a pair of free throws from Brittany Smith with 33 seconds remaining. "I just felt like everything started to flow when Britt started to see cutters," Beard said. "When our motion started, it helped my shot. It helped me get to the rim and hit free throws, it helped me hit layups and crashing the boards helped me get putbacks." Trailing 17-11 after on quarter, South Plains found its rhythm outscoring the Lady Mustangs 26-14 in the second quarter thanks to a 66 percent shooting mark. The Lady Texans would go on to lead 37-31 at the half as Yanina Inkina (6'2''-F-97) led all scorers with 13 of her final 22 points in the first half. South Plains continued to find success with the rock over the next two quarters shooting 52 percent throughout the final 20 minutes. "I'm really happy and proud of my teammates and coaches," Inkina said. "We did a great job. We played so hard, with passion and with our heads. Like coach said, in the beginning we made a lot of turnovers, but in the second half really stepped up." The Lady Texans took full advantage of their opportunities from the charity stripe, knocking down 33 of 39 attempts while committing just 15 fouls and limiting the Lady Mustangs to just 15 attempts from the line. Beard would add 13 boards to her stat line while Elizabeth Cera (5'8''-G-95) chipped in 13 points for the Lady Texans. "We talked about how much fun it's been to play all year, and it's been an unbelievable ride and we were so close," South Plains head coach Cayla Petree said. "I think we said 'we're only three minutes away from doing what we wanted to do.' I know they were tired, our bench is pretty short and they had to show a lot of toughness down the stretch. I thought we did a good job of not having those empty possessions late and they finished the game and they did their job. South Plains (28-5) will now advance to the round of 16 on Tuesday when they take on the No. 8 seed in Seward County (31-2) at 4 p.m. Courtesy of: spctexans.prestosports.com
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