Ocelots start a new course

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Women’s Basketball has high hopes for upcoming season

By James Paxson, Sports Editor

The Women’s Basketball team will kick off their 2016-17 season in less then a week. Schoolcraft won a majority of their regular season games during the 2015-16 with a record of 25-4 before heading into the postseason. The first 11 games were all victories and they ended up winning their first 22 out of 23 games. During the regular season Schoolcraft outscored opponents by scoring 1968 points to 1467 points.

Toward the end of last season, Schoolcraft lost two of their last three games to Macomb Community College. The second loss was a one game playoff nail-biter that kicked the lady Ocelots out of the playoffs. Due to last season the team has a different set of goals and philosophy for this upcoming season.

“Last year we were always talking and focused on Nationals and with this team I want them to focus on where do we want to be at the end of this season and how will we get there. We fell short at the end of the season last year looking too much into the future and that affected us with the playoff loss against Macomb. This year we want to continue doing better and better,” said Schoolcraft Women’s Head Coach Kara Kinzer.

“Sophomores Riana (Williams) and Jade (Smith) are two teammates to look up to and

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Schoolcraft women’s basketball practices defense while preparing for the 2016-2017 season. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT)

those two will help the team this season,” said freshman Guard Victoria Robinson.

Last season sophomore forward Jade Smith led all freshmen with 9.7 points per game and a total of 16 blocks. Sophomore Riana Williams had an average of two rebounds and two points while coming off the bench in key situations last season.

With a large freshmen presence the Lady Ocelots will have to have some first year players step up for the start of the season. Freshman Victoria Robinson from Black High School will be one of those key new players that will be important in the position of guard with an inexperienced team.

One team that Schoolcraft looks forward to playing every season is Oakland Community College (OCC). The Ocelots are scheduled to play OCC twice in the regular season, and possibly will have the opportunity to play them in the postseason if both teams qualify.

“We are looking forward to playing OCC a team we lost to last season and who only beat us to win the conference based on winning more points; we definitely are out for redemption,” said Sophomore guard Riana Williams.

Schoolcraft will start their season with the hope of going farther than last year with a team comprised of mostly first year players and a few veterans. The team will start their season in Cincinnati, Ohio against Vincennes University at the Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Nov. 5. The lady Ocelots will have their first home game Nov. 16 against Grand Rapids Community College at 5:30 p.m.

To find a team schedule, rosters and scores head to the Michigan Community College Athletic Association website at www.mccaa.org.