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W. Basketball – Lady Cavaliers sizzle Hesston in region semifinal

03/06/13

W. Basketball – Lady Cavaliers sizzle Hesston in region semifinal

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The No. 1 ranked Johnson County Community College women’s basketball team (30-1) put on a shooting exhibition Wednesday night, as they cruised to a 116-37 victory over Hesston College (15-16) in the Region VI D-II semifinals.  Johnson County shot a team record 89 percent from the field in the second half, and a record 76 percent for the game. 

The win moves JCCC closer to capturing its record 14th straight region title. The Lady Cavaliers will face Highland Community College in the Region VI D-II Championship at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kan., on Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m. The victory was also JCCC’s 30th of the season, giving head coach Ben Conrad his fourth straight 30-win campaign, which tie him with former Seward County a current Oklahoma State head coach Jim Littell for most consecutive 30-win season in Kansas Jayhawk Conference history. 

In addition to Conrad’s milestone, the Lady Cavaliers team established a few of its own milestones in the blowout over the Lady Larks: 

  • The 116 points scored are the third most in team history
  • The 79 point margin is the third largest in team history
  • The 89 percent field goal percentage in the second half set a new record
  • The 76 percent field goal percentage for the game set a new record
  • The team extended its current winning streak to 20 games
  • The team extended its current home court winning streak to 38 games

All 10 players for Johnson County scored at least six points. Four finished in double figures and three others contributed nine points. 

Sophomore DaShawn Harden, the team’s leading scorer this season, led the way with 22 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and seven steals.  Harden hit 8-of-11 shots, including three treys, and was 3-of-4 at the line. 

Freshman Sameia Kendall scored all 18 her points in the second half. After missing two shots in the first half, Kendall did not miss in the second half, hitting all five attempts, including four from 3-point range. She was also 4-of-5 at the free throw line, and contributed five assists and four rebounds. 

Freshman point guard Timeka O’Neal followed with 16 points, seven assists and three rebounds, and sophomore Kathleen Brisbane chipped in 11 points and six boards. 

Rounding out the scoring for JCCC was: Juanita Robinson (9 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists); Samantha Short (9 points, 7 rebounds); Taylor McDowell (9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals), Kariel Hutt (8 points, 3 rebounds); Camille Gee (8 points, 4 rebounds) and Jamy Dovier (6 points, 2 rebounds).

Saturday’s championship game between the Lady Cavaliers and Highland showcase two of the top teams in the country. JCCC has held the No. 1 ranking three straight weeks and seven total weeks this season. Highland occupied the No. 1 ranking the first two weeks in January. 

The teams also split the season series this year, each winning on its home floor. Highland, now ranked 10th nationally, first downed Johnson County 59-56 on Dec. 8. The Lady Cavaliers avenged that setback with a 77-62 win Jan. 19.

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