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W. Basketball – Defense powers JCCC to a win over Cowley

01/15/13

W. Basketball – Defense powers JCCC to a win over Cowley

DaShawn HardenOVERLAND PARK, KS – The No. 3 ranked Johnson County Community College women’s basketball team has the top ranked defense in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference, and on Saturday against Cowley, the Lady Cavaliers proved it. Johnson County held the Lady Tigers to a season low 25 percent shooting, and handed Cowley its first conference loss of the season, 62-52. 

With the victory, JCCC improves to 14-1 overall and 4-1 in the East Jayhawk Conference. 

“Our really good teams have hung their hat on guarding people,” said JCCC head coach Ben Conrad. “This group is starting to develop an identity on that end.” 

Cowley was nearly as effective defensively as Johnson County until freshman point guard Timeka O’Neal nailed three consecutive treys during a 13-0 run that saw the JCCC’s lead grow from two points (40-38) to 15 (53-38).  O’Neal finished with 12 points. 

“This group has the ability to get big spurts and Timeka will be a prolific shooter by the time she leaves here,” said Conrad. “That run was great, and again, it was keyed by our defense.” 

Sophomore guard DaShawn Harden led all scores with 23 points. She was 6-of-13 from the field, with two 3-pointers, and a nearly perfect 9-of-10 at the charity stripe. Harden also was credited with six rebounds, five assists, two steals and block. 

“DaShawn did what special players do, she impacted the game on both ends.” Conrad said. “One thing about a kid like her is she has been in some huge moments, so nothing is going to intimidate her.” 

A transfer from the University of Oklahoma, Harden has really been a key performer in JCCC recent victories. She has been the leading scorer in three straight games, and reached double figures in five of the last six games. She also has taken over as the team’s leading scorer, averaging 12.5 per game. 

Johnson County travels to Coffeyville Wednesday, Jan. 16, and returns home to host No. 1 and undefeated Highland on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. The Lady Scotties handed JCCC it only loss of the season on Dec. 8, 56-59. That snapped JCCC’s 25-game East Jayhawk Conference wins streak, and a 20-game streak in the series with Highland.

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