Ocelots survive Southeast CC, continue in consolation bracket
By Nick Misiak
On Wednesday, March 18 the Schoolcraft Womens Basketball Team defeated Southeast (NE) Community College 73-67 in the first round of the Consolation Bracket of the NJCAA Women’s National Tournament.
Freshman guard T’era Nesbitt continued her fine season, notching 23 points, eight rebounds and a block in 31 minutes. Sophomore guard Chelsey Wesley scored a season high 15 points to go with six rebounds and two assists, and freshman guard Ashley Bland racked up 12 points, eight boards and three assists.
Southeast was led by sophomore point guard Chelseah Savage, who scored 17 points for the Storm. Sophomore forward Dionne Martin drained six of her 15 shots in her 15 point, six rebound effort, and freshman forward Veshae Wilkinson went 5-12 from the floor, but 6-8 at the free-throw line en route to 16 points and nine rebounds.
Schoolcraft began the game with a solid effort, moving the ball up and down the court resulting in all but one starter scoring in the first seven minutes of the game. The Ocelots turned a tie game with 15:59 left in the first half into a 24-11 lead with 11:19 to go with a 16-3 run.
Schoolcraft battled back and forth the rest of the half with the Storm, and led 35-26 at halftime.
Southeast began the second half on a 16-5 run, and took a 42-40 lead just over five minutes into the second half, and rode their hot shooting to a 58-49 lead with just over seven minutes remaining in the game.
Nesbitt then took control of the game, knocking down four straight free throws and a three pointer with 1:10 to play to give Schoolcraft a late 69-67 advantage. She continued the fury and made another free-throw, and after Savage made two free-throws for the Storm, made another two free throws to keep Schoolcraft up by three.
Sophomore point guard Kenae Merritt had a chance to tie the game for the Storm with a late three, but it clanked off the iron and the Ocelots were able to hold on for a 73-70 victory.
The Ocelots, now 22-10, will next face Union County (NJ) community College in the second round of the consolation bracket on Friday, March 20 at noon.
To watch the game, follow this link: http://www.team1sports.com/index.php/videoPlayer/view?broadcast=99532&referrer=ihigh