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Basketball – Big night for JCCC hoop teams

02/20/14

Basketball – Big night for JCCC hoop teams

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Both JCCC basketball teams posted impressive road victories over Highland last night. The No. 4 ranked Lady Cavaliers began the night with a 65-61 overtime win over the No. 2 ranked Lady Scotties. The victory placed JCCC in a tie for first place in both the conference and region standings. A victory over Fort Scott on Saturday would give JCCC its third straight conference championship. 

The men’s team followed with a 64-63 win over Highland. Their victory also placed them in a tie for first in the conference and region standings. A victory Saturday over Fort Scott would give the men’s program its first conference championship in 39 years. 

In the women’s game, JCCC built a double-digit lead in the second half, but couldn’t fend off a late Highland run that enable the Lady Scotties to tie game and send it into overtime. 

“They had the momentum heading into overtime, but were fortunate and had some kids step up and make plays,” JCCC head women’s coach Ben Conrad. 

Highland knocked down a three to open overtime, but JCCC fought back, made some key stops and knocked down free throws in the end to pull out the four-point victory. 

“Highland is definitely not an easy place to get a road win,” Conrad said. “Our kids showed some toughness. Both teams play the game the right way in my opinion. The key right now for us is to continue to improve. We can’t have a feeling of accomplishment at this point. We have to move on quick and get back to work in practice.” 

Freshman Kelsey Barrett led JCCC with 21 points. She was 5-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, and 8-of-9 at the line. She also had eight rebounds. Sophomore Juanita Robinson followed with 15 points, and sophomore Kariel Hutt add eight points and game-high 14 rebounds. 

In the men’s game, Johnson County was able to build a five-point cushion at the break thanks to a 2-for-17 effort from 3-point range by the Scotties. But Highland came out in the second half and quickly turned that deficit into a two-point lead, scoring the first seven points in the half. 

After that, the two teams battled back-and-forth until the Cavaliers took a three-point lead in the final seconds.  JCCC chose to put Highland on the line rather than bet burned by a trey to tie the game. Head coach Mike Jeffers squad worked that strategy to perfection and walked off with a key road conference and region victory. 

Sophomore Preston Oakes returned to the lineup after missing the last game with an ankle injury, and led the team 16 points, along with sophomore Pat Jones.  Oakes hit five buckets, including four from 3-point range, and was 2-of-2 at the line.  Jones did most of his damage at the line, particularly down the stretch, hitting 10-of-11 attempts. He also hit two treys.  

Sophomore Trevor Myers added 13 points, and freshman Zach Nelson nearly had a double-double, finishing with eighth points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

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