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2016-17 Women's Varsity Basketball Team

2016-17 Women's Basketball Team
Front Row (L to R) Jasmine White, Madi Bonner, Rachel Downing, Carrie Carlson, Sarah Kyser. Back Row (L to R) Head Coach Granito, Heather Smyth, Gloria Souter, Tyeisha Sain, Sami Shaw, Asst Coach Termini.

 

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Lady Commodores Unable to Slow Down Jamestown Jayhawks – 1/9/17

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Elyria, OH – LCCC Women’s Basketball was back in action after 19 days off due to the holiday break; Commodores were looking to bounce back from an early season slump. The Jamestown Jayhawks from New York came into town and found a way to hold off the feisty Commodores by a final score of 64-50. LCCC now sits at 1-12.

With almost 3 weeks of rest, LCCC came out the gates strong and fast, frustrating the Lady Jayhawks from Jamestown (NY). To start the game, LCCC came out shooting the ball well and was led by Madi Bonner and Jasmine White. Both Bonner and White chipped in 7 points each and combined for 5 of the team’s 12 total rebounds.

With shooting a struggle for LCCC so far this season, the Lady Commodores came out with a hot hand and took advantage of the free throw line shooting 5 of 8. At the end of the 1st quarter, LCCC led Jamestown 20-19 but the hot hand would switch to the Lady Jayhawks as they took advantage of the 3 point arc.

With LCCC up as much as 4 early in the 2nd, LCCC saw the Jayhawks pick things up hitting three straight 3 pointers and going on a 15-4 run. As things cooled off for LCCC, Coach Granito saw some late production from Heather Smyth (6 points, 3 rebounds) and Sami Shaw (5 points) to help close the gap to end the half. With the Jayhawks shooting 47% from the arc and outrebounding LCCC 18-12, LCCC went into the half trailing 44-31.

Down 13, LCCC tried to pick things up on the defensive side and found some success in slowing the Lady Jayhawks down. In the 2nd half, Jamestown managed to score just 10 points in the 3rd and 10 points in the 4th quarter shooting 5 of 27 from the floor. Unfortunately for LCCC, the foul troubles hurt them as they allowed the Lady Jayhawks to earn their points at the free throw line making 8 of 12.

As the defense picked up for LCCC, the offense dropped as the Lady Commodores went from shooting 41% in the first half to just 29% in the 2nd. Once again it was the scoring production of Madi Bonner and Heather Smyth that kept things in striking distance.

LCCC would try and make one final push early in the 4th quarter by cutting the lead to 10 but without enough fire power on the offensive side, LCCC would fall by a final score of 64-50.

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Lady Commodores Fall to 3rd Ranked Owens – 1/11/17

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Toledo, Ohio – Conference play is never easy but it’s even harder when you’re facing the 3rd ranked team in D2 women’s basketball in the NJCAA. This was the task at hand for the Commodores of LCCC as they traveled to Toledo to take on Owens CC Wednesday evening. LCCC would fall 108-23 and see their season record drop to 1-13(0-4).

Heading into the game the Commodores were shorthanded as one player had emergency surgery and Carrie Carlson twisted her ankle early in the game. To start, LCCC would watch Owens go on a 24-2 before Madi Bonner would find the bottom of the net for LCCC; Bonner would score all 6 first quarter points for her team. LCCC would trail 30-6 at the end of 1.

Much was the same in the 2nd quarter as Bonner would score 7 of the team’s 8 points along with a Jasmine White free throw. Owens would shoot 49% and would force 20 first half turnovers for LCCC. At the half LCCC trailed 62-14.

In the 2nd half, Bonner would go cold but Coach Granito would see 3 different Commodores put points on the board. Heather Smyth would end the game with 6 points while Gloria Souter and Jasmine White chipped in 2 each.

The Lady Commodores would fall 108-23. LCCC will host Sinclair CC Saturday with a 1:00pm tip.

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Turnovers Hurt Lady Commodores against Top Team in D2 – 1/14/17

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Elyria, OH – Coach Granito and his team couldn’t have asked for a better start then the one they got Saturday afternoon. Hosting Sinclair CC (13-2), the Lady Commodores (1-14) battled early but as the turnovers racked up, so did the Sinclair points. In the end, LCCC was unable to keep up and fell by a final score of 86-48.

In the first half the Lady Commodores frustrated Sinclair on both ends of the floor as the Tartans couldn’t gain ground. Taking the lead for LCCC was Madi Bonner who scored 13 of the team’s 24 points. LCCC who usually shoots plenty of 3’s went a different route as they only took 2 in the entire first half. Instead, LCCC converted on 10 of 21 from the floor and 3 for 4 from the free throw line; LCCC shot 48% from the floor.

On the defensive side of things, LCCC managed to hold the Lady Spartans to just 43% from the floor (shot 2 for 9 from deep) and only 6 attempts from the free throw line. The difference on the day was the turnovers as LCCC committed 17 compared to Sinclair’s 2.

Down just 5 points as the half came near an end, Sinclair went on a big run to extend things. With three different Spartans at 8 or more points, LCCC saw the lead go from 5 to 18 at the end of the half.

In the second half, LCCC would have trouble digging themselves out of the hole they made to end the half. Keeping up her fast pace, Bonner would continue to shoot well from the floor hitting a couple 3’s in attempt to cut the lead down. Along with Bonner, Heather Smyth tried her best to help the team cut the lead. After scoring 6 first half points, Smyth would add 10 second half points along with game high 9 rebounds.

After shooting well in the first half, LCCC would go on to shoot just 32% while Sinclair shot 51%. Not giving up late in the game, the Lady Commodores would score 24 second half points (same as the first half) but would fall by a final score of 86-48.

LCCC will try to break their 9 game losing streak when they travel to Lakeland Wednesday.

 Box Score

 


Women’s Basketball Unable To Stop Columbus State – 12/21/16

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Columbus, OH – Things didn’t go the Commodores way Wednesday evening as the women’s basketball team traveled to Columbus to take on the Cougars of Columbus State. Although the team played better, the Commodores were unable to keep up with the fast paced and bigger Cougars. The final score was 108-43 in favor of Columbus State and the Commodores now sit at 1-12 (0-3) before the holiday break. 

To start the game, the Lady Commodores saw production from multiple players that allowed the team to have some success as they kept the game close at 14-9. The first 9 points came from Sarah Kyser (6 points, 2 rebounds), Sami Shaw (8 points, 2 assist), Jasmine White (4 points, 7 rebounds), Heather Smyth (9 points, 3 blocks, 3 rebounds), and Madi Bonner (4 points, 5 rebounds) but after that the Commodores would struggle for the remaining 4 minutes. At the end of the 1st quarter, LCCC would trail 23-9. 

Much stayed the same in the 2nd quarter as the Commodores were outscored 26-10. 

“We actually played well tonight; we had good ball movement, open shots, balanced scoring, and aggressive defense  but it’s hard to keep up when they have 3 post players all 6’1 or taller. We’re showing improvement” said Coach Granito following the game. 

The Lady Commodores were out-rebounded in the first half 32-18 and shot 19% from the floor. On the bright side, the Commodores were able to limit their turnovers to just 10 first half turnovers and the scoring once again was spread evenly. 

At the half LCCC trailed 49-19. 

The second half was better for LCCC as they scored 24 points compared to the 19 in the first half and the shooting increased as the team shot 31% and 24% from the floor. Unfortunately the hot shooting of the Cougars didn’t let up. Unable to keep up, LCCC fell 108-43.

Box Score

 


Lady Commodores Fall to Cincinnati State – 12/17/16

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Elyria, OH – Nothing came easy for the women’s basketball team on Saturday as they took on Cincinnati State who now sits at 9-1(2-0). After keeping things close to open the game, LCCC would go cold shooting and eventually fall 101-31. LCCC Lady Commodores are now 1-11(0-2) and will travel to Columbus State on Wednesday before the holiday break.

In the opening minutes, LCCC found ways to convert on both ends of the floor as they only trailed one point after a Jasmine White (5 points/10 rebounds) layup followed by a Sarah Kyser (2 points/1 rebound) layup. It was the next 5 minutes that determined the outcome of the game as the Surge of Cincinnati State would go on a 23-0 run before Rachel Downing (3 points/5 rebounds/2 assist/2 steals) ended it with a layup.

At the end of the 1st quarter, LCCC trailed 32-8 and much wouldn’t change in the 2nd quarter as the Lady Commodores were outscored 27-10. At the half, LCCC would trail 59-18.

Troubles would continue the second half as LCCC was outscored 42-13. Unable to slow the Surge down, Lady Commodores would lose 101-31.

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Commodores Off Shooting Night Ends Hope of Home Win – 12/14/16

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Elyria, OH – In the team’s fourth home game of the season (first conference game), the Lady Commodores of LCCC took on Edison CC out of Piqua Ohio. In a tight game early on, the Lady Commodores would eventually fall by a final score of 86-46.

Things started off well for LCCC as they kept things close in the first half of quarter one. Taking the lead for LCCC was Heather Smyth and Sami Shaw who found different ways to be effective on the offensive side of the ball. For Smyth it was the free throw line where she converted on 8 of 8 and for Shaw, it was down in the paint converting around the rim. 

As the first quarter continued, the turnovers started to add up and the second chance points for Edison started to present itself. The lead went from 6-5 to 17-5. The lead would grow for Edison as the Commodores would watch the Chargers shoot over 50% from the floor, over 30% from the 3 point line and 80% from the free throw line. Every time LCCC made a push to cut the lead to 10, the Chargers would go on a mini run to push it back up. At the end of 1, LCCC trailed 25-11.

In the 2nd quarter, the Commodores picked things up as they closed the gap on the Chargers by forcing multiple turnovers and kept the rebounding game close (13-12). Finding some rhythm in the 2nd was Madi Bonner who chipped in 5 points and 5 rebounds to help her team. In the 2nd quarter alone, LCCC scored 15 team points and held the Chargers to just 17.  At the end of the 1st half, LCCC trailed Edison CC 42-26.

Unfriendly for LCCC, the shooting didn’t get better as the team shot a game low 31% and the turnovers just seemed to pile up as they committed 9 second half turnovers. Trailing just 16, LCCC relied on the season leading scorer Madi Bonner to help chip at the lead. Bonner scored 4 quick baskets along with Smyth who continued to play big for the team.

Every time the Lady Commodores would score, the Chargers would match them. Unlike the first half, LCCC struggled to clean the glass as they ended the game 34 to 24 in the rebound category but found a way to continue to utilize the free throw line converting on 9 of 14.

After being outscored 20 to 44 in the 2nd half, the Lady Commodores would fall 86-46.

LCCC will be back in action Saturday as they host conference foe Cincinnati State at 1:00pm.

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Late Run by Lady Commodores Comes Up Short – 12/12/16

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant 

Elyria, OH – Nothing’s been easy so far for the women’s basketball team of LCCC but on Monday evening, the Lady Commodores took Wayne County to the final minutes of the game. After trailing most of the game, LCCC tied things up late but couldn’t find a way to take the lead. LCCC fell 76-68 and see their season record fall to 1-9.

Things didn’t start off well for LCCC as they went down 8-0 early due to multiple turnovers and shots not falling but that didn’t last long due to the hot hand of second year player Madi Bonner. Bonner would score the team’s first 7 points (24 on the night) bringing the score to 10-7 mid-way through the first. Along with Bonner who scored 7 points in the first quarter, Gloria Souter chipped in 4 first quarter points as well as Heather Smyth’s 4 points (10 on the night).

After settling down, LCCC would trail just 17-15 headed to the 2nd quarter. Things would start off the same as Wayne County jumped on LCCC going up as much as 8 as shots early didn’t fall and turnovers piled up. Down 29-21, the combination of Bonner and Jasmine White (17 points and 11 rebounds) would cut the lead once again scoring 7 points each. One of the other keys for LCCC was the rebounding, especially in this quarter, as it gave the Commodores second chances and limited Wayne to fewer possessions. On the night, Jasmine White led both teams with 11 rebounds followed by Heather Smyth with 7. With some key stops and made free throws, LCCC was able to cut the lead to just 3 to trail 36-33 at half time.

The 3rd quarter was the difference on the night as LCCC would come out strong early in the quarter but would find themselves in a hole due to multiple unforced turnovers. Once down by 10, LCCC broke even the rest of the quarter but was unable to close the lead. Bonner would chip in 6 additional points from the 3 point line but at the end of the 3rd, LCCC would trail 58-48.

In the 4th, Wayne County looked to put the final nail in the coffin but Coach Granito and his team had other plans. Going down 64-48, LCCC fought back to make things interesting. Forcing Wayne into late turnovers, LCCC converted on the offensive side cutting the lead to 68-65 with under 1:38 remaining. The next set of plays would end the great run by LCCC.  Down 3, LCCC inbounded the ball for a wide open 3 for Madi Bonner but the ball would rim out. Wayne County would then proceed down the floor and when fouled by LCCC, officials awarded the layup and the ball out of bounds. After inbounding the ball, Wayne County would hit a big 3 to make it 8 point lead with a minute left. With the lead back up to 8 and limited time, LCCC would fall 76-68.

After the game, Coach Granito knew they had a chance but was pleased to see the adjustments made by his team. “This was a back and forth game but we just kept battling back. We committed way too many turnovers but the biggest improvement was the balance in scoring as we had many step up tonight.”  On the night, LCCC would shoot 54.8% from the floor (season best) and shot a game high 76% from the free throw line.

The Lady Commodores will look to get back on track Wednesday as they host Edison CC for the teams opening game of conference play. Tip-off is set for 5:30pm.  

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Slow Start Hurts Lady Commodores Against Westmoreland – 11/22/16

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant

Elyria, OH – In a tough battle at home on Tuesday night, the Lady Commodores loss to Westmoreland CCC by a final score of 59-50. Down two players due to injuries and classes, things didn’t start well for LCCC but they were able to close the gap midway through the 1st half. “We came out very slow and sluggish. We lacked intensity and aggressiveness. Once we settled down we played well, it was just the late start that doomed us” said Coach Granito.

To start the game, LCCC went scoreless much of the 1st quarter but it was Heather Smyth who ended the drought scoring the team’s first 4 points and 4 of her 9 total points in the 1st half. LCCC would trail 12-4 at the end of 1 quarter, but adjustments made by Coach Granito seemed to work as the Lady Commodores outscored Westmoreland 14-13 in the 2nd quarter. Contributing to this was the fact that LCCC would get 10 free throw attempts compared to the Wolfpacks two. Along with leading all scorers at the half, Smyth led all rebounders with 8 which helped LCCC tie Westmoreland in the rebounding category at 19 each. At the half, the Lady Commodores would only trail 7 points.

In the 3rd the production of LCCC’s season leading scorer, Madi Bonner, picked up as she started to hit her usual shots. Bonner who finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals, helped her team stay close and pull within 6 late in the 3rd.
Along with scoring better, the Lady Commodores continued to clean the glass as Smyth finished with 12 rebounds, Bonner 10, White 8 and the team combining for 38. This would be crucial for LCCC late in the game as this allowed them to stay within reach.

Unfortunately for LCCC, the defense just couldn’t find ways to slow the Wolfpack down even with Westmoreland’s starting point guard out with a late shoulder injury. With Westmoreland scoring 32 points in the 2nd half and LCCC scoring 32, LCCC would fall by a final score of 59-50.

Although Coach Granito and his team have fallen to a season record of 1-6, the team still has high spirits as a handful of games have been winnable. “Tonight if you remove that bad start to the game, it’s a different story. We just have to keep pushing, being aggressive and finding ways to score better. It will come.”

After the holiday break, the Lady Commodores will hit the road for 3 games starting with Jamestown CC on Wednesday, November 30th.

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Adversiy Leads Lady Commodores Basketball to First Win of Season – 11/19/16

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant 

Titusville, PA – Nothing’s been easy so far this season for the women’s basketball team of Lorain County Community College but things changed Saturday afternoon. After going 0-5 to start the season, LCCC traveled to Titusville in Pennsylvania and picked up their first win by beating the Lady Panthers 70-60.

In this early season, it’s been the experience that has hurt the Lady Commodores and on Saturday the bumps and bruises from their 0-5 start came in handy. The Lady Commodores were able to take an early lead on Titusville and then was able to slow them down as they tried to make a late game comeback.

Leading her team again was second year player Madi Bonner who scored a game high 34 points but it was the entire team effort that pulled off this big win. “We definitely played as a team today getting contributions from all 9 players. They each had key moments either offensively with an extra pass or defensively by diving for a loose ball” said Coach Granito.

The first half of the game was controlled and dominated by LCCC as they seemed to make everything difficult for Pitt-Titusville. LCCC managed to not turn the ball over the entire first half and out-rebounded their opponent as well. Along with Bonner, LCCC received production from Rachel Downing who had 8 points along with Sami Shaw who chipped in with 7.

After leading Pitt by 11 at the half, the Lady Commodores got some push back in the 2nd half as their lead was cut to 1 at the end of 3 quarters. What helped LCCC keep their lead was rebounding as the team won this category 49-37; the team was led by Heather Smyth, Sami Shaw and Jasmine White who had 10 rebounds each. Along with rebounding at a high level, LCCC forced Pitt into 19 total turnovers while only committing 1 of their own.

With the game tight, LCCC relied on their team’s leading scorer Mad Bonner to help them get the win. To start the final quarter, LCCC went on a 14-0 run which was sparked by Bonner who had 17 of her 34 points in the 4th. With too much fire power from LCCC, the Lady Commodores extended their lead and won by a final score of 70-60. With this win, LCCC is now 1-5 and will be back in action Tuesday November 22nd against Westmoreland.

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Big Play From Bonner not Enough in LCCC Women’s Basketball Home Opener – 11/16/16

By Bryce Johnson, Sports Information Assistant  

Elyria, OH – Madi Bonner’s 26 points Wednesday night was not enough as Lady Commodores of Lorain County Community College fell to Penn State Du Bois 82-59. The young team is now 0-5 in the early season after just coming up short the weekend before in the Westmoreland Tournament.

“I’m not use to being the leader of a team. This is new for me in my second year but I’m just trying to adjust to it. We did some good things so we just have to keep working” said Madi Bonner after Wednesday’s game.

For the Lady Commodores, things didn’t start off on the right foot as they were outscored 24 to 12 in the 1st quarter and 21 to 11 in the 2nd. Coach Granito emphasized the need to start better following the game. “We have to come out with more intensity. We have girls playing out of their roles and not use to being asked to shoot as much. It’s an adjustment for our team so it’s all about coming out with more intensity and being more aggressive.”

One positive for LCCC was the foul difference as the team only allowed 8 total free throw attempts for the Nittany Lions as LCCC shot 21 total, converting on 11 of them. Along with getting to the line more, LCCC also kept the rebounding game close as they were only -10 on the night. The problem spots for LCCC was the 15 team turnovers, being outshot 63-42, and losing the assist category 16-4.

In the 3rd quarter, the Lady Commodores seemed to settle down as they only gave up 18 points and scored 13 on Du Bois. Along with Bonner, Heather Smyth and Rachel Downing chipped in with 7 points each and combined for 6 of the teams 20 rebounds. Trying to find a spark in the 2nd half, Coach Granito switched things up and seemed to find some positives as the team outscored Penn State 23-19 in the 4th quarter. “Tonight I had to try different lineups to find sparks and we seemed to have found one late. The girls fought hard at the end; now it’s just about starting that way.”

The final score of the game was 82-59 and the Lady Commodores fall to 0-5 but will try to get their first win of the season Saturday, November 19th at Pittsburgh Titusville.

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