week the Southeast Community College basketball teams learned who they will be
playing in the first round of the national tournament.
Wooton’s Storm women are on a 14-game winning streak and will open the National
Junior College Athletic Association Division II Tournament against Johnson
County Community College, the host school, at 6 p.m. March 17. Joel Wooton’s Stormmen will open the NJCAA Division II Tournament against No. 2 seed Phoenix
College. The game tips off at 9 a.m. March 17 at Danville Area Community
College in Danville, Ill.
are very excited for the opportunity to represent SCC in the national
tournament for only the second time in school history,” she said. “We are disappointed
that we did not get a higher seed. We were rated 14th in the
nation two weeks ago and have not lost and now we are only the 14th
seed out of 16 that made the tournament. Many were not rated and placed
ahead of us. This is disappointing, but we will give it our best shot.”
victory by the SCC women would send the Storm into an 8 p.m. game March 18
against the winner of Guilford Tech and Schoolcraft. A loss would put SCC into
a 9 a.m. game March 19 against the Guilford Tech-Schoolcraft loser.
SCC women, 22-6, are in the national tournament after placing eighth in 2012.
biggest difference between that team and this year’s is we have depth on the
bench and a number of scoring threats,” Vicki said. “We have five or six players
who can score six to 15 points per game. We also are a better defensive team,
are more athletic and quicker and faster.”
Breanna Grant leads the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game, followed by
freshman Veshae Wilkinson at 10.1 points per game. Sophomores Chelseah Savage
(9.7) and Dionne Martin (9.0) aren’t far behind.
County, 30-2, is the No. 3 seed in the women’s tournament. The Lady Cavaliers
are led by Nieka Wheeler and Alexis Brown, both averaging 13 points per game.
As a team, JCCC averages 86 points per game.
and Johnson County played twice this season, a 103-64 victory by the Cavaliers
on Nov. 18 in Overland Park, and a 76-45 victory over SCC on Jan. 7 in
time we played much better,” Vicki said. “After our loss to them in January we
started to play ‘lock-down’ defense and have not lost since then. We know a lot
of what they do on offense and know their strengths on defense, plus playing at
JCCC is a benefit.”
said a strong defensive performance, staying out of foul trouble and “playing
smart” will be keys to defeating the Cavaliers.
second time we played them this season we played pretty well for about 15
minutes,” she said. “We have to play the entire 40 minutes.
have a very balanced team, and we hope to get the upset against Johnson County.
We have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
SCC men, 13-18, are in the national tournament for the first time since 2008.
guys are very
excited for the opportunity,” Joel Wooton said. “They are very focused with the
task at hand and are trying to approach the game just like they would any other
players average in double figures to lead the way for the Storm. Sophomore
Altez Davis averages 10.6, sophomore John Swift 10.5 and freshman Snyder
victory by the SCC men would put them into a 6 p.m. game March 18 against the
winner of seventh-seeded Lakeland vs. CCBC Dundalk. A loss would put SCC into a
3 p.m. game March 18 against the Lakeland-CCBC Dundalk loser.
is the defending NJCAA Division II national champion, won the District 1 title
and enters the tournament with a 27-5 record. The Bears are ranked sixth in the
latest men’s basketball poll.
“We are preparing
a game plan to use against Phoenix,” Joel Wooton said. “They have one very
high-level player that their team really relies upon to score and set up others. We
are working on giving them some different looks defensively and preparing
different players on how to play against him without letting the other guys get
That Phoenix player garnering SCC’s
attention is sophomore point guard
Brandon Brown, who leads Phoenix offensively, averaging 24.6 points per game. He
became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Bears’ program with a
37-point performance in the Region I semifinals on March 4. In the regional
final, Brown poured in 40 points in the Bears’ 80-65 victory over Tohono
O'odham Community College.
Steve Green is the only other double-figure scorer for the Bears, averaging 11
points per game. As a team the Bears average 82 points per contest.
Wooton said his team is playing much better than it did earlier in the season.“We are playing much better defense, and we are sharing the ball much
better,” he said. “They are still learning to trust each other, and it really
showed in the district game as we had 10 guys score in the first half alone and
only one guy scored in double figures for the game. We are learning that
balance is a good thing.”