Roles reversed

Basketball Sports

Ocelots claim first place after victory over Mott

By Nick Misiak
Sports Editor

Coming into Wednesday night’s game, Mott Community College sat in first place of the MCCAA Eastern Conference standings, one spot ahead of Schoolcraft. As the Bears left the court after the game, the roles had reversed, as the Ocelots leapfrogged Mott and snatched first place from the Bears after a 55-46 victory on Wednesday Jan. 21.

Sophomore guard Sara Gammons played a team high 38 minutes, while leading the Ocelots with 13 points and went 5-6 from the free throw line. Freshman guard Ashley Bland struggled from the free throw line but still came just one rebound shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine boards.

Averaging 11.7 rebounds per game, freshman forward Rikki Sherdt continued her dominance on the glass, snatching 12 boards to lead the team.

Mott began the game by scoring five quick points, and the remainder of the half both teams looked almost evenly matched as they continued to swap baskets. Sophomore guard Chelsey Wesley made two free throws late in the first half to pull the Ocelots to within three at the half with the score at 23-20.

Schoolcraft came out extremely energetic to begin the second half and began to pull away from the Bears. A 13-2 run that lasted almost nine minutes turned their three point deficit into a seven point lead at 34-27.

Another 9-3 run would make it 43-30 with 8:14 left in the game.

Mott attempted to rally behind sophomore guards Day’na Holmes and Keshawn Jones, but was unable to get much going offensively in the second half at all. Jones had a team high 14 points while Holmes netted 12 and nine rebounds.

The win now has Schoolcraft tied with Delta Community College atop the conference standings, and improves their record to 14-5 (5-1 conference).