Women’s basketball beat Mott, 60-37, extend winning streak to 3
By Cameron Gwinn, Staff Writer
The second half of the season has proved to be a prosperous one for the Ocelots thus far. After key conference wins against Wayne County Community College (Jan. 4) and Oakland Community College (Jan. 7) the Ocelots looked to continue their winning streak against the Mott Community College Bears on Jan. 14.
The Ocelots proved to be too much for the Bears as they easily captured a double-digit win, 60-37 extending their winning streak to three games.The team is currently 3-0 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Eastern Conference and 4-13 overall.
As of Jan 17, the team sits in a three-way tie in the MCCAA Eastern Conference along side Delta and Macomb. Since Coach Kinzer’s took over the program four years ago, Schoolcraft has shared the conference championship but never captured an outright conference title. “Conference play is everything,” said Coach Kinzer. “We didn’t do well in non-conference play. Our goal is to win the conference outright.”
This year’s squad is focused on capturing the conference title after having to share the title with Oakland Community College last season. The Ocelots would love to be able to get Coach Kinzer her first outright conference title.
“I think she [Coach Kinzer] deserves it,” said Freshman Taia Parker.
Parker was a key contributor to the win against Mott as she had a great game, scoring scored a game high 18 points. She made her jump shots and had no problem getting to the basket too. When asked about her game she Parker said “at practice I give 110% and it pays off in the game.”
Pay off it did.
Parker was spectacular on both ends of the court, offensively and defensively. When the game was close Parker applied pressure defense and almost single handedly gave the Ocelots the lead and the rest of the team rallied around her.
Freshman guard Victoria Robinson also scored 13 points helping the Lady Ocelots to victory. Robinson played an unselfish game making sure that everyone got touched the ball. Robinson said “finding players is very important, we’re trying to have good ball movement.”
According to Coach Kinzer’s the said her game plan was to “box out and crash the boards.” She wanted the girls team to get rebounds and get second chance baskets. Sophomore forward Jade Smith was the definition of what Coach Kinzer wanted.
Smith played with her head on a swivel. When she would get the ball her first look was to find a teammate to keep the ball moving. If Smith couldn’t find an open teammate she would turn and put up a shot. Smith scored nine points in the game. Smith kept the ball moving and did a great job excelled on offensive rebounds giving the Ocelots a lot of second chance opportunities.
With how well the Ocelots are playing currently, a conference championship is quite possible. They are moving the ball very well and are playing very unselfish. The way the Ocelots are moving the ball it forces the defense to break down and allows the court to open up, making it easier to find the open player.
The Ocelots have ten games left in the regular season, all against conference opponents. The team will take the court again Wednesday January 25, against St. Clair County Community College. St. Clair County as of January 17, is 2-2 in the MCCAA Eastern Conference sitting in fourth place.
For more information on team schedules, stats and rosters go to www.mccaa.org.