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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January 16, 2019 — LCCC’s Lady Commodores came up short on the road, losing 90-68, against OCCAC Conference foe, Columbus State Community College.
According to Coach Vince Granito, “We played well in spots, but our big thing now is consistency – playing at a high level for an entire game. This has become a process where we need to learn and grow from every game. The last few games have been competitive in parts, but we have to put it together for a full 40 minutes.”
Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted) came off the bench to lead the Commodores with 20 points and 13 rebounds in 32 minutes of play. Armani Artice (Peninsula/Woodridge) pulled down 13 boards, while Marquita Thompson (Cleveland/John Marshall) added 14 points.
The loss takes the Commodores to 8-10 on the season and 2-4 in conference play. Columbus State improves to 3-10 overall and 2-4, behind a 34-point, 17 rebound outing from Whitney Staggs.
By Shelly Miller, LCCC SID
January 12, 2019 — The Commodore Women’s Basketball team faced a daunting task when they squared off against the Division II Chargers of Edison State Community College. Edison State was coming off a 124-31 drubbing of Hocking College and a strong game-plan against the much-taller team was key for Coach Vince Granito’s squad.
Granito stated, “We knew coming into the game that we had to slow down their transition game and do our best to play them even on the boards. We successfully outrebounded them 39-37 in the game and for much of the first half, we were able to control the tempo of their game.”
Lorain held Edison State to just 36.4% field goal percentage in the first half, while keeping it close until the last few minutes of the second quarter, when Edison extended their lead to 12 going into the locker room. The Chargers shot 15 of 21 from the free throw line in the half, while the only Commodore points at the stripe came courtesy of Elana Maley (Canton/Glenoak) who shot 100% in her four attempts.
The Chargers came out on fire to start the third quarter going on a 24-point run to just eight for the Commodores in that span, putting their fast-paced offense on full display. Aggressive defensive play by Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted) helped LCCC slow the attack and play an evenly-matched fourth quarter. “Ro brought a lot of intensity to the team today and I was very impressed with her and several other players that are learning new roles” stated Granito, “Armani Artice (Peninsula/Woodridge) and Tyeisha Sain (Bedford), had their best games of the season.”
Edison’s Sarah Pothast (Wapakoneta) led all scorers in the game with 23, while Maley led the way for LCCC with 18 on the night. The 84-50 win puts Edison State at 13-2 on the year while Lorain falls to 8-9.
By Shelly Miller, LCCC SID
January 9, 2019 — The Lady Commodores Basketball team led a short-handed Cuyahoga Community College throughout the evening, until the last three minutes of the game when the momentum shifted in favor of the Challengers who pulled out a 60-49 win.
Coach Vince Granito said “We have to learn how to finish games down the stretch. This is our second straight game we’ve given up a lead in the second half.”
Marquita Thompson (Cleveland/John Marshall HS) led LCCC in scoring with 18 on the night and Hannah Oehlstrom (Avon Lake/Avon Lake HS) added 17 in the loss.
The Commodores are back home at 1 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019, against Edison State.
By Shelly Miller
January 6, 2019 — The Lady Commodore Basketball team fell to Penn State-Dubois by a score of 67-50, after playing an even first half with the much taller Nittany Lion team. The teams started the second half tied at 28-28, before the Lions exploded for 10 unanswered points to take the lead for good in the game.
“The toughest part of the game for us, was shooting 2-28 from the 3-point arc, after at one point this season being ranked 4th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage,” stated Commodore Coach Vincent Granito. “That’s a hard stat to overcome, along with being out rebounded by 20 boards. Despite the loss, I was very impressed with the play of Tyeisha Sain (Bedford/Bedford HS) stepping into a new role and coming up big with 12 rebounds.”
Elana Maley (Canton/Glenoak HS) and Marquita Thompson (Cleveland/John Marshall HS), led LCCC with 11 points each, while Thompson also contributed 12 boards.
Next up for the Commodore women’s team is Cuyahoga CC at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 9 at the Tri-C East Campus.
By Vince Granito
November 9, 2018 – After a slow start, the Lady Commodores finished strong to pull out a road win in Buffalo, NY and beat Erie Community College 56-47 on Friday night, Nov. 9. In the first quarter LCCC shot only 11% from the field, including missing all eight of their three-point shot attempts, to fall behind 14-8. The Lady Commodores defensive intensity in the second quarter help them go into the half with a 24-20 advantage.
The shooting really heated up in the third quarter where LCCC shot 42% from the field and 57% from beyond the arch. Erie Community College staged a brief come back in the fourth quarter, even taking a 1 point lead, before LCCC put the game away with a 11-2 run down the stretch.
LCCC was led by Hannah Oehlstrom’s (Avon Lake) 19 points, and Marquita Thompson’s (Cleveland/ John Marshall) 10 points. The Lady Commodores also got nine points from Elana Maley (Canton/ Glen Oak) and eight points from Rose Carter (Lorain). Sha’Nautica Gardner (Cleveland/St. Martin dePorres) had six steals and Ronnette Rahmon-Sumlin (North Olmsted) led the team with four rebounds.
Coach Granito commented on first game on the road for the team, “I think we were good once we warmed up in the second quarter. With so many first year players on this team, this was a good lesson about how to get prepared for a game after a long bus ride to the game. Most of these players are used to half hour to an hour ride to a game at the most; in college the big thing is getting used to long road trips.”
LCCC’s record now stands at 2-1 for the season. The team heads next to John Carroll to face their Junior Varsity team on Wednesday, November 14th, followed by their first conference game of the season on Saturday, November 17th at Owens CCC.
by Ken Hoffman
by Ken Hoffman
by Ken Hoffman
by Ken Hoffman
Sophomore forward Angel Blakely (pictured) scored a game-high 32 points in front of the home fans to become Lorain County Community College’s career scoring leader with 802 points in her two seasons to date, but the Lady Commodores were no match for 11th-ranked (NJCAA D-II) Sinclair Community College, 132-44, on Saturday, Feb. 17. It was the most points scored against LCCC this season.
Blakely scored 22 of her 32 points in the second half and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. She is also just 14 points away from the LCCC single-season scoring mark of 473 points. Sophomore guard Carrie Carlson added six points, two boards, two steals and one blocked shot.
LCCC’s shooting woes continued with 24.1% shooting, including 3-of-14 (21.4%) from long range. Sinclair shot 58.1% including 47.6% on three-pointers (10-of-21). Sinclair dominated the boards with its superior height, 62-19.
Sinclair led, 28-6, after one quarter and 56-16 at the half. Freshman forward Amanda Schroeder scored 30 points — 15 in each half — to pace five Tartans in double figures.
The Tartan Pride improve to 24-3 overall and 11-1 in the OCCAC, tied for the league lead with Owens CC. LCCC is now 5-21 overall and 1-12 in league action. The Lady Commodores will complete the regular season on Sat., Feb. 24, at Hocking College.