By Julie Schneider

For the Lady Commodores women’s basketball team, the approaching season is a challenge they are prepared to meet head-on. Evening practices have been dedicated to learning drills and test-driving defensive plays as they get ready. With the first home game set to take place Nov. 3, the coach of the women’s basketball team is a very busy man.

Coach Tony Naples is now in his second year as coach for the LCCC team, having years of experience coaching all around Lorain County. Naples is ready for this season, and the great opportunities for the team this season, including traveling for many games and being two players away from making it into the NJCAA top 16. Fortunately, this current offseason has been quite successful with a team of ten to 12 girls participating, giving the team a fresh start and with a lot of preparation involved.

Tamara McCoy defends as Holly Bernato goes for a layup during a practice for the Lady Commodores. The team, in its second year under Coach Tony Naples, is ready to tackle whatever challenges the year has in store. Joshua Hudgens / The Collegian

This will eventually build team unity, which will allow everything else fall into to place this season. The biggest obstacle Naples admitted was “getting enough people to practice.” No concerns here though, Naples understands the academic responsibility student athletes have.

“The first priority is being a student, athlete comes second,” said Naples. This is no surprise, especially in junior colleges like LCCC.

With our students being able to work with one another and gain the trust needed when playing on the court and communicating off the court, once achieved the fundamental basics for success for this season will be seen in our team.

Upcoming home games:
• Nov. 3  at 1 p.m. vs. Schoolcraft
• Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. vs. Westmoreland
• Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. vs. CCAC Boyce
• Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. vs. CCAC South
• Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. vs. Jamestown
• Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. vs. Lakeland