2018-19 Women's Varsity Basketball Team
L to R: Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin, Bri Gallagher, Alexis Williams, Elana Maley, Tyeisha Sain, Sha'Nautica Gardner, Armani Artice, Marquita Thompson, Hannah Oehlstrom, JaQuetta Davis, Rose Carter, Head Coach Granito.
Head Coach: Vincent Granito
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March 12, 2019 – – Awards continue to come in for the Lorain County Community College Basketball Teams as three Commodores earned Region XII Division III All-Region Team recognition. Earlier this week, Marquita Thompson (Cleveland/John Marshall), Jovon Jones (Elyria/F.B.C.S.) and Justin Newman (Cincinnati/Robert A. Taft) were named to the All-OCCAC Conference Team, as well as the Division III All-District Team for their on the court accomplishments this season.
Thompson led the Commodore Women to their best season win record in the OCCAC Era, as they finished the year at 13-17 overall. She led the team in scoring with 350 points in her rookie season, for an 11.7 PPG average. The 5-3 Freshman Guard pulled in 173 rebounds (5.8/game), dished out 44 assists and had 39 steals.
Jones, the OCCAC Defensive Player of the Year and 6-7 Sophomore Center, ranked 15th in the Nation for Division III athletes with 52 blocks on the season. He also snagged 233 rebounds for an 8.3/game average, added 378 points for a 13.5/game average, and shot an outstanding 62.2% from the field.
Newman, a 6-2 Sophomore Guard, made his presence felt early in the season, racking up a school record 53 points in a game, and never stopped. Newman ranked 29th in the Nation with 503 points on the season, for a 19.3/game average. He was the lone D-III player named to the All-OCCAC First Team, after leading his team in points, finishing 2nd in the OCCAC with 73 steals on the year, grabbing 192 caroms and handing out 76 assists.
Congratulations to our LCCC Student-Athletes for their well-deserved honors this season!
February 24, 2019 – – The Lorain County Community College Women’s Basketball team made great strides this season but were not able to advance to the NJCAA Region XII Division III title game after a close 70-63 loss to Columbus State Community College in the Semi-Finals.
LCCC never led in the game but kept it close throughout and cut the Cougar lead to three several times in the second half. Losing their leading rebounder and offensive threat, Ronette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted), for the third quarter after a possible concussion provided an obstacle for LCCC, as did their number of trips to the foul line compared to their opponent. The Cougars went 17-27 from the charity stripe, while the Commodores only had 7 attempts, hitting on 5.
The Commodores wrap up their season with their best win total in program history since joining the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference, finishing at 12-18 overall for the season and 6-10 in the conference of a majority of DII teams.
LCCC Head Coach, Vince Granito, praised his team, stating “I was proud of our effort today; we just fell a little short. The girls were very disappointed, but after the sting of this loss wears off, they will be able to look back on the tremendous progress we made in further developing the LCCC Women’s Basketball program.”
Elana Maley (Canton/Glenoak) led the Commodores in scoring with 22 points with 6 of 13 from 3-point range. Hannah Oehlstrom (Avon Lake) added 11 points, as well as 4 steals and 4 assists. Rahmon-Sumlin had a team-high 9 rebounds, 10 points, and 4 assists, while Tyeisha Sain added 9 points and 8 boards.
February 23, 2019 – – The Lorain County Community College Women’s Basketball team held their own against the top-ranked team in the OCCAC, Sinclair Community College before falling by a final score of 83-64. Sinclair currently ranks 17th in the nation in the NJCAA Division II polls heading into post-season play.
LCCC got out to an early lead when Sinclair battled back. The teams traded buckets and there were nine lead changes before the Tartan Pride hit a last second shot to go up 39-37 at the half.
Sinclair came out strong in the third quarter, jumping out to an 11-point lead by taking advantage of some LCCC turnovers and working for second chance points. At the end of the 3rd, Sinclair had outscored Lorain by a 24-10 margin and had a 63-47 edge on the scoreboard.
The Commodores continued to fight and played an even fourth quarter with the taller Tartan Pride team but could not gain any ground on Sinclair to get back in contention.
Lorain Head Coach, Vince Granito, said after the game “We accomplished what we needed to today. We played together as a team, had good ball movement, and gained confidence by playing well with the top team in the league. Most importantly, we kept everyone healthy for the playoffs. I feel good about our chances going forward.”
In the final regular-season game of her career, Sophomore Tyeisha Sain (Bedford) came to play. Normally the defensive leader for the team, Sain exploded for 25 points…shooting 10-19 from the field and 4-8 from downtown. Sain also grabbed 7 rebounds. Marquita Thompson (Cleveland/John Marshall) had 18 points, with 12 coming in the second half, along with 8 boards. Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted) came up big on the boards, leading both teams with 14 caroms and just missed the double-double with 9 points.
LCCC’s finishes the regular season at 12-17 and 6-10 in the OCCAC. Sinclair improves to 22-4 overall and 12-2 on the final day of conference play.
The Commodore Women head to Ohio Christian University for the Division III Region XII Championships on Sunday, February 24, 2019. They will go in as the third seed and square off against second-seeded Columbus State Community College. Game time is 2 pm and the winner advances to face top-seeded Owens Community College at 5:30 p.m., Monday, February 25, 2019.
February 20, 2019 – – A slow start against one of the top teams in the conference cost the Lorain County Community College Women’s basketball team, as Lakeland Community College won by a score of 80-49.
The Lakers had a 19-point lead at the half and the Commodores were never able to get back in contention. Four Lakers finished the night with double-digit scoring in a well-balanced offensive effort.
Lorain Head Coach, Vince Granito, said after the game “We just never really got going tonight. Our lack of energy in the first half hurt us. We played much better in the second half, but you can’t dig yourself into a hole against these solid Division II teams in our league.”
Hannah Oehlstrom (Avon Lake) led the Commodores in scoring with 19 and dished out 4 assists to go with 3 steals. Tyeisha Sain (Bedford) added 10 points, 8 rebounds, and a team-leading 5 assists. Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted) once again cleaned up on the boards, grabbing 9 on the night. Marquita Thompson (Cleveland/John Marshall) had a solid game chipping in 8 points and 8 rebounds.
LCCC’s record now stands at 12-16 overall and 6-9 in the OCCAC. Lakeland goes to 20-7 on the year and 12-2 in the conference.
The Commodore Women finish off their regular season at home this Saturday, February 23, 2019, against OCCAC conference foe, Sinclair Community College. Tipoff is at 1 pm.
February 16, 2019 – – The Lorain County Community College Women’s Basketball team faced a tough task today against one of the top teams in the conference, Edison State Community College. The Chargers sport a very athletic team and a deep bench, while the Commodores were down to six for today’s game and had two team members playing under the weather.
Despite the challenge, LCCC was only down by 12 at the half before succumbing to their Division II opponent by a final score of 81-52.
LCCC Head Coach, Vince Granito, said “We played hard, given the fact that we were short-handed and Hannah (Oehlstrom) and Elana (Maley) were up sick all night. I also think some inconsistent officiating never allowed us to get in a rhythm.”
Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted) scored her second consecutive double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the team. Marquita Thompson (Cleveland/John Marshall) contributed 13 points and Armani Artice (Peninsula/Woodridge) added 12 for the Commodores.
Lorain drops to 12-15 on the season and 6-8 in conference play, while Edison improves to 22-4 overall and 9-3 in the OCCAC.
The Commodore Women are back on the road Wednesday, February 20, 2019, against Lakeland Community College with a 5:30 pm tipoff.
February 13, 2019 – – Lorain County Community College Women’s Basketball team avenged an earlier loss this season to OCCAC Conference foe, Columbus State Community College, with an impressive 81-67 victory. The win adds to their best record in school history since becoming a member of the competitive OCCAC.
Columbus State took an early first quarter lead, going up 8-5 before LCCC grabbed some key rebounds and made a scoring run to go up 20-13 to end the first.
The Cougars used a lot of second chance shots in the second quarter to chip away at the Commodore lead and eventually tied it up with 2 minutes remaining in the half. The teams then traded buckets and the lead several times before LCCC took a 39-38 advantage into the locker room.
Play continued at the same pace in the third period until LCCC’s aggressive defensive play propelled a 10-0 offensive run with 3:28 to play and gave them a 63-54 lead to end the quarter.
Columbus State kept fighting in the fourth but each time they’d gain a bit of ground Lorain settled in and worked for good shots. LCCC grabbed a couple more key rebounds in the last minute of play and forced a couple of turnovers to seal the victory.
LCCC Coach, Vince Granito, commented “This was a great win for us against a team we will be facing in the first round of playoffs in a couple of weeks. It’s also our first win against them since I started coaching at LCCC back in 2015, but we’ve always played tough, physical games against them. We lost to them 92-88 in the Regional Championships last season, which was their first season at the D-III level after dropping from D-II.”
Marquita Thompson (Cleveland/John Marshall) and Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted) both had double-doubles for LCCC. Thompson had 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Rahmon-Sumlin put in 16 points and grabbed a team-leading 10 boards. Tyeshia Sain (Bedford) led all LCCC scorers with 22 in the win. Elana Maley (Canton/Glenoak) dished out 6 assists and Thompson added 5 in the victory.
With the win, LCCC improves to 12-14 on the season and 5-7 in OCCAC play. Columbus State falls to 5-15 overall and 4-9 in the conference.
The Commodores are on the road to take on Edison State for a 1 pm tipoff on Saturday, February 16, 2019.
February 10, 2019 – – Taking the court for the 5th time in just eight days proved too much down the stretch for the LCCC Women’s Basketball Team. Coming off a big win at home yesterday over DII Clark State, the Commodores had to hit the road to travel to the Dayton area for a 1 pm contest against OCCAC Conference-leader, Sinclair Community College.
The final score of 90-54 doesn’t paint a fair picture of the game, as LCCC played a close contest for the first two and a half quarters of play against their D-II opponent. With 5:30 left in the 3rd quarter, the Commodores cut the Tartan Pride’s lead to 49-42, when the home team called for timeout. Sinclair then went on a 28-3 run over the weary Commodores and showed why they are the top-ranked team in the OCCAC.
“It’s tough to play at a high level with back to back games, especially with a team the quality of Sinclair,” stated LCCC Head Coach Vince Granito. “You can see we definitely ran out of gas late in the 3rd and 4th quarters, but it did prove to our players that we can play against the top teams in our league.”
Lorain was led by Hannah Oehlstrom (Avon Lake) with 14 points and 6 rebounds, while Tyeisha Sain (Bedford) contributed 11 points. Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted) chipped in 9 points and 6 boards and Marquita Thompson (Cleveland/John Marshall) added 8 points, plus a team-leading 7 rebounds.
The Commodores drop to 11-14 overall and 5-7 in the OCCAC, while Sinclair improves to 18-3 and 8-1.
LCCC is back in action at home against Columbus State on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Tipoff is at 5:30 pm in the Ewing Activity Center.
by Marshall Farnsworth, Sports Information Intern
February 9, 2019 – – The Lady Commodores of Lorain County Community College beat the Eagles of Clark State Community College in wild 70-65 home win. With that win, the team now holds the 2nd most wins ever in a season for LCCC.
The sophomore Lady Commodores, Tyeisha Sain (Bedford) and Hannah Oehlstrom (Avon Lake), were honored today after both playing in 50 games for LCCC.
Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted) stole the show in the first half by stealing the ball from the Eagles. The Freshman recorded 13 first half points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals. Marquita Thompson (Cleveland/John Marshall) was a force on defense, raking in 4 steals in the first half. LCCC had the lead 15-12 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was big for the Lady Commodores as they outscored the Eagles 22-13. Lorain grabbed a whopping 12 steals by the end of the first half; on pace for a season-high. Lorain commanded a 37-25 lead at halftime.
Clark State came into the second half focused to start the 3rd quarter, dropping 21 points while holding Lorain to 10. Clark State’s shooting was much improved, while Lorain’s shooters struggled to find their rhythm. Lorain held a narrow 47-46 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.
There were several lead changes in the final quarter, but LCCC pulled away in final minutes, outscoring the Eagles 23-17.
Four players landed in double digit scoring for Lorain, including Rahmon-Sumlin, Sain, Oehlstrom, and Bri Gallagher (Medina/Cloverleaf), leading the team to a strong finish in the final quarter versus the Division II school. Rahmon-Sumlin led the Lady Commodores with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while also registering 3 steals and 1 assist. Sain finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, and a key block late in the game.
LCCC Head Coach Vincent Granito said after the win, “I was just really proud of our effort today. We are learning that out-hustling teams can make up for players that are much taller than us. We got several key offensive rebounds and that’s a matter of wanting it more.”
LCCC is now 11-13 overall and 5-6 in conference games. Clark State falls to 7-14 and 2-9 in conference games.
The Lady Commodores are on the road to face the Sinclair Community College Athletics at 1 p.m., Sunday February 10, 2019.
February 4, 2019 – – Lorain County Community College Women’s Basketball team pulled off a huge victory over local rival, Cuyahoga Community College with a 57-54 win that came down to the final seconds and a missed 3-pointer at the buzzer by Tri-C. The Commodores were just 2-10 all-time against the Triceratops coming into tonight’s game, a team they haven’t beaten since 2008.
The Triceratops lived up to their name, but instead of three horns it seemed like they each had three hands when crashing the boards – grabbing 61 rebounds to 31 for the Commodores. Lorain got out to an early 11-6 lead in the first, but Tri-C closed the gap with several second chance opportunities. The second quarter started with a quick three by LCCC to go up 19-12, when Tri-C again battled back to keep it close at the half.
Tri-C made a run in the third period to knot the score and the teams traded buckets the rest of the night, in a game that featured 10 lead changes up until the final moments.
LCCC Head Coach, Vince Granito, said, “I think the key to our game was that we just out-hustled them and wore them down. Tri-C beat us on the boards by 30 rebounds…a game you would rarely win, but our bench outscored their bench 31-0. We didn’t get many rebounds, but we came up with key rebounds when it mattered. ”
Marquita Thompson (Cleveland/John Marshall) had an outstanding shooting night for the Commodores, connecting on 7-10 from the field and a perfect 4-4 from long-distance, to finish with 18 points. Tyeisha Sain (Bedford) led LCCC with 10 boards, while just missing the double-double with 9 points. Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted) was the only other LCCC player in double-digits, adding 10 points.
LCCC’s 10th victory of the season, matches the best win total since the 2013-14 season and their best since joining the competitive Ohio Community College Athletic Conference in the 2014-15 season. Lorain now stands at 10-13 overall and 4-6 in OCCAC play. Tri-C falls to 9-11 and 3-5 in the conference.
LCCC returns home at 1 p.m., this Saturday, February 9, 2019 against OCCAC D-III rival Clark State.
February 4, 2019 – – Bryant and Stratton College (OH) used a third quarter scoring surge over Lorain County Community College to hand the Commodores a 58-44 loss in Women’s Basketball, outpacing them 24-11 in the period.
LCCC started the game with an early 11-4 lead, before missing several key scoring opportunities that allowed Bryant and Stratton to hang in the game. The Commodores shot just 7-40 (17.5%) from the field and 2-15 (13.3%) in 3-point range in the half, while the Bobcats didn’t fare much better at 7-25 (28%) and 1-7 (14.3%) from the arc. Despite their own scoring struggles, Bryant and Stratton continued to play aggressively taking a 23-22 lead into the locker room.
The third quarter belonged to the Bobcats, as they patiently worked for better shots. Every time LCCC scored the Bobcats answered on the offensive end. LCCC managed to get within 10 several times down the stretch but poor 3-point shooting and limited second chance shots kept them from getting back into contention in the game. Lorain finished the game shooting just 22.1% from the field (15-68) and 11.1% from the 3-point line.
Vince Granito, LCCC Head Coach, said “It was just a bad shooting night for us, which is hard to overcome. We’ll get back to work tomorrow at practice and hopefully have a better night in our next game.”
Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted) led the Commodores in scoring with 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Nine of Rahmon-Sumlin’s points came from the charity stripe, as she was 9-12 on the night.
LCCC is back in action at 5:30 p.m., February 6, 2019 at home against Cuyahoga Community College.