The first day of the National
Junior College Athletic Association Division II Basketball Tournaments weren’t
kind to Southeast Community College.
Both Storm teams dropped their
first-round games Tuesday and will now play in the loser’s bracket on
The Storm women couldn’t score for nearly
four minutes midway through the second half, contributing to a 71-64 loss to
Johnson County Community College in the first round of the national tourney in Overland
Park, Kan. The loss sends the Storm to the losers’ bracket and a 3 p.m. game
Wednesday vs. Schoolcraft College of Michigan.
Southeast, 22-7, trailed 38-37 at halftime to the 31-2 Lady
Cavaliers. Two free throws by SCC’s Breanna Grant cut the lead to 56-48 with
10:23 to play. That broke a four-minute scoring drought for SCC.
Johnson’s lead was just six, 68-62, with 20.8 seconds to
play. But the Storm would get no closer. Grace Green led Southeast with 13
points. Grant and Shanae Collins added 10 each. Johnson held a sizable edge at
the line, going 23-33, compared to SCC’s 12-18. The Cavaliers also outrebounded
In the men’s game, Brandon Brown scored 27 points and
defending national champion Phoenix College forced numerous turnovers and sent SCC
to the losers’ bracket with an 81-51 victory. Josh Stroud scored 12 points and Snyder
Cenecharles added 11 to lead SCC.
“We looked like the team that hadn’t been here in a while,” said
Joel Wooton, SCC coach.
Southeast trailed 37-23 at halftime. The Storm led 15-14
with nine minutes to play, but the Bears went on a 23-8 run to close out the
half. Brown scored 19 points in the opening 20 minutes to lead Phoenix.
SCC, now 13-19 on the season, will play at 3 p.m. Wednesday against
the Community College of Baltimore County (Dundalk, Md.).