Basketball teams qualify for national tournament

Women's Basketball Team
SCC women's basketball team.
Men's Basketball Team
SCC men's basketball team.

The Southeast Community College women’s and men’s basketball teams qualified for spots in their respective National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Tournaments after winning district championships on Sunday.

First-round opponents have yet to be announced.

The Storm women defeated Dakota College at Bottineau (N.D.) 69-53 at SCC-Beatrice, while the Storm men went on the road to defeat Dakota College 72-69.

On Sunday, Shanae Collins, a 5-2 freshman from Sibley, La., scored 17 points, Makayla McDaniel, a 5-2 sophomore from Franklin, La., scored 13 and Breanna Grant, a 5-8 sophomore from LaGrange, Ga., added 10 to lead the Storm women. SCC led 38-25 at halftime and cruised to the victory, largely behind 42-percent 3-point shooting (10-of-24). Jamaica Wilson, a 6-0 sophomore from North Las Vegas, Nev., hauled down 14 rebounds for the Storm, which also forced 17 turnovers during the game.

Vicki Wooton’s SCC women are in the national tournament for the first time since 2012 when the team finished eighth. SCC opened the 2012 tourney with a 60-53 loss to Kirkwood Community College, then won the first national tournament game in program history, 62-53 over St. Clair Community College. SCC followed that with a 48-45 victory over Lake Land Community College before losing the seventh-place game 65-50 to Chesapeake College.

The SCC women will play in the national tourney March 17-21 in Overland Park, Kan., hosted by Johnson County Community College. Here are the 16 women’s teams that have qualified for the national tournament and their current records:

District A (Region 1): Phoenix College, AZ (12-20)

District B (Region 6): Johnson County Community College, KS (30-2)

District C (Region 3): Monroe Community College, NY (26-1)

District D (Region 4A): South Suburban, IL (25-7)

District E (Region 11): Kirkwood Community College, IA (28-5)

District F (Regions 9, 13): Southeast Community College, NE (22-6)

District G (Region 12W): Lake Michigan Community College, MI (24-8)

District H (Region 12E): Schoolcraft Community College, MI (21-9)

District I (Region 12S): Owens Community College, OH (31-1)

District J (Region 10): Guilford Technical College, NC (27-3)

District K (Region 20): Chesapeake Community College, MD (19-4)

District L (Region 4B): Waubonsee Community College, IL (20-12)

District M (Region 24): Parkland Community College, IL (32-1)

District N (Regions 15, 19, 21): Monroe College, NY (25-8)

District O (Regions 15, 19, 21): Union County Community College, NJ (26-5)

District P (Regions 2, 16): North Arkansas Community College, AR (20-9)

On Sunday, Snyder Cenecharles, a 6-3 freshman from Miramar, Fla., scored 13 points to lead a balanced Storm men’s attack. No other player was in double figures, but five other players scored at least seven. Altez Davis, a 6-7 sophomore from Danville, Ill., brought down a team-high 11 rebounds for SCC, which led 47-33 at halftime and hung on for the victory.

Joel Wooton’s SCC men’s team is returning to the national tournament for the first time since 2008. That season the Storm dropped both games at nationals, losing 75-47 to Mott Community College and 73-63 to South Mountain Community College. His 2011-12 team just missed qualifying, losing a close district championship game.

The SCC men will play in the national tourney March 17-21 in Danville, Ill., hosted by Danville Area Community College. Here are the 16 men’s teams that have qualified for the national tournament and their records:

District 1 (Region 1): Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ (27-5)

District 2 (Region 3, 21): Genesee Community College, Batavia, NY (23-8)

District 3 (Region 4a): Kishwaukee College, Malta, IL (28-5)

District 4 (Region 4b): Olive-Harvey College, Chicago, IL (25-8)

District 5 (Region 6): Hesston College, Hesston, KS (21-10)

District 6 (Region 8, 10): Richard Bland College, Petersburg, VA (28-4)

District 7 (Regions 9, 13): Southeast Community College, NE (13-18)

District 8 (Region 11): Des Moines Area Community College, Boone, IA (26-5)

District 9 (Region 12W): Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI (23-9)

District 10 (Region 12E): Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI (29-3)

District 11 (Region 12S): Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, OH (24-6)

District 12 (Regions 15, 19): Essex County College, Newark, NJ (25-4)

District 13 (Regions 2, 16): MCC-Penn Valley, Kansas City, MO (9-22)

District 14 (Region 20A): Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk (CCBC Dundalk), Dundalk, MD (20-9)

District 15 (Region 20B): Garrett College, McHenry, MD (24-6)

District 16 (Region 24): John Wood Community College, Quincy, IL (21-11)

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For more information contact:
Stu Osterthun
Administrative Director of Public Information and Marketing
402-323-3401
sosterthun@southeast.edu