SCC basketball teams eliminated from national tournaments

The Southeast Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams were eliminated from their respective National Junior College Athletic Association Division II tournaments on Wednesday, bringing an end to their seasons.

Joel Wooton’s men’s team dropped a 78-73 decision to Community College of Baltimore County (Dundalk, Md.) in Danville, Ill., after trailing by as many as 24 points in the first half. The Storm end their season with a 13-20 record.

Vicki Wooton’s women’s team lost 73-67 to Schoolcraft College of Michigan in Overland Park, Kan. SCC trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, but took the lead late on a Chelseah Savage three-pointer with just under three minutes to play. The Storm end their season with a 22-8 record.

Southeast’s men suffered through a dismal first-half shooting performance (36 percent) and trailed 41-24 at halftime. But after CCBC led 60-40 with 12:42 to play in the game, SCC came alive, outscoring the Lions 21-6 during the next seven minutes. Snyder Cenecharles and Josh Stroud led the charge.

But in the final three minutes, Altez Davis, a Danville, Ill., native, took over. His dunk at the two-minute mark made it 70-63 CCBC, and two more baskets, the last with just 46 seconds left, cut the Lions’ lead to 72-69. But the Storm would get no closer as the Lions salted the game away at the free-throw line, converting on six consecutive attempts to close out the game.

Davis led SCC with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Cenecharles added 15 points and nine rebounds, while Stroud added 11 points.  The Storm outrebounded CCBC 47-30, but 22 turnovers took a toll.

In the women’s game, Schoolcraft led 35-26 at halftime after shooting 46 percent from the field, but SCC’s defensive pressure got the Storm back into the game in the second half. T’era Nesbitt scored six of her game-high 23 points in the last minute of the game to keep SCC at a distance.

With just 9.6 seconds to play, SCC’s Grace Green was fouled on a three-point attempt. She made one of two from the line to make it a 72-67 game. Savage led SCC with 17 points. Veshae Wilkinson added 16 and Dionne Martin 13 for the Storm.


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