On November 24, the Lorain County Community College women’s basketball team took on Westmoreland County Community College in what was an incredible game. At the start, it was a defensive game. The Lady Commodores forced many turnovers, thanks to the help of Angel Blakely and Onyx Lopez. Emily Capers also made her presence felt, blocking every shot that came her way. It was a solid defensive effort. On the offensive end Madi Bonner was able to get in the paint at will and score easy lay-ups. Lopez showed off her three point shot, while grabbing rebounds and capitalizing on second chance opportunities.
The second half was a struggle for the Commodores. Their shots weren’t falling and while the defense made up for it, eventually Westmoreland started scoring. Westmoreland took a ten point lead and the Commodores looked flustered. While the shots weren’t falling, Westmoreland put LCCC at the foul line, giving them a chance to get back into the game. However, Westmoreland got their lead back up to ten with just a few minutes left in the game. Capers then drew a charge, followed by a Bonner three. This was the boost the Commodores needed. Brandi Holowecky hit two clutch free throws followed by a two-point shot. Capers then steals the ball and Molly Linn drew the foul, she hit both free throws.
With 56.6 seconds left on the clock and down 74-71, Lopez makes it to the foul line. She made both free throws. Westmoreland came back down to put them up 76-73. LCCC missed their shot and were forced to foul, but Westmoreland missed both free throws. Lopez make a layup, cutting the lead to just one! LCCC fouled and Westmoreland knocked down one out of two shots. Bonner missed the go-ahead layup and the Commodores were forced to foul again. Westmoreland knocks down both free throws making the score, 79-75. With only 15 seconds left, it looked like the Commodores were getting ready to hit the showers. But then, Lopez made a layup making it a one possession game, which followed by a Commodore steal! Lopez made a layup and ties the game at 79! Westmoreland missed the game winner as time expired. The game headed to overtime!
The overtime was all Lopez and Holowecky. Lopez put the Commodores up with a layup, and Holowecky kept them up with clutch free throws. Westmoreland didn’t make any of their shots. The overtime was in favor of the Lady Commodores. With 14.7 left in OT, Westmoreland made a costly turnover, causing them to foul Holowecky, She made one of two and sealed the win for LCCC, 88-85.
After the game, an excited Coach Granito shared his thoughts on the victory, “We just gutted it out at the end. Three out of four times we should of lost this game and being down four with 15 seconds left, to come back and win. Just incredible. My heart can’t take those games, but I love it!” Onyx Lopez also gave words about the game today, “Today was all about team ball. We did a great job moving the ball and working together. We were able to work through the adversity of only having two people on the bench and overall it was a fun game and I’m glad we were able to come out with the win.”