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W. Basketball – Buzzer beater ends JCCC’s season

03/12/13

W. Basketball – Buzzer beater ends JCCC’s season

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – An extraordinary season ended with an extraordinary game. The No. 1 ranked Johnson County Community College (30-2) women’s basketball season came to an abrupt end when No. 10 Highland Community College (27-5) guard Ashley Torres nailed a bucket at the buzzer for a 76-75 win, ending the Lady Cavaliers season and 13-year reign as the Region VI D-II champion. The buzzer beating shot helped Highland advance to the D-II National Tournament for the first time in the program’s history. 

With three seconds left to play, East Jayhawk Conference MVP DaShawn Harden gave JCCC a one-point lead after a making the first of two free throw attempts. Her second attempt missed, and Highland snagged the rebound and quickly called a timeout with 2.4 seconds left. 

Torres caught the long inbound pass, took a couple dribbles through two JCCC defenders and fired up her desperation shot. It banked in off the back of the rim to give Highland the victory. 

“It was the toughest loss of my career, but Highland deserved it,” said JCCC head coach Ben Conrad. “They outplayed us for 36 minutes. I really loved this team. They are a special group of kids. It is so tough to end that way.” 

Johnson Country trailed by six at the half, and by 11 with just over 3 minutes to play, but was able to claw back and take back the lead in the final seconds. 

Harden demonstrated the skills that earned the league MVP honor. She led all scorers in the game with 23 points. She was 7-of-15 from the field and 6-of-11 from 3-point range. She also contributed six rebounds, three assists, a block and three steals. 

Freshman point guard Timeka O’Neal followed with 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-7 behind the arch. She also was 3-of-4 at the line. Freshman guard Juanita Robinson was the third JCCC player to finish in double figures with 11, and she led JCCC with seven assists. 

JCCC also got solid efforts from sophomore forward Kathleen Brisbane and freshman center Kariel Hutt. Brisbane had eight points and nine rebounds, and Hutt finished with eight points and eight boards. 

Highland had four players finish in double figures scoring, led by Royce Shields with 17. Ryan Bowser and Tamiya Green each had 15, and Torres chipped in 13 points. 

Despite the loss, JCCC still had an amazing and record-breaking season. JCCC captured the East Jayhawk title for the second straight year, a first in team history. They posted 29 wins in the regular, tying a school record. Overall, they reached 30 wins for the fourth straight year, which ties Conrad with former Seward County legend Jim Littell for most consecutive 30-win seasons in conference history.

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For schedules, rosters, and other team information, go to www.jccc.edu/cavs.