The Lorain County Community College women’s basketball team took on Jamestown Community College on Jan 7, in what was a statement game for the Commodores. Coming off of a tough loss the previous night to Owens CC, the Commodores looked to set the tempo and show their dominance.
Angel Blakely started it off for LCCC by making several quick baskets, which sparked the offense. Blakely displayed tremendous passing and she also showed her always dominate defense.
Also playing well for the Commodores in the first half were Onyx Lopez, Brandi Holowecky and Madi Bonner. The defense of LCCC at the start of the first half was strong. Led by their defensive anchor Blakely, the Commodores gathered many steals, blocks and caused Jamestown to make countless mistakes. Towards the end of the half however, the defense let up and Jamestown made a run, cutting the lead to three going into the half, 35-32.
The second half was all Commodore basketball. Bonner came out of the half on a roll, scoring at will and shredding the defense of Jamestown. Soon after Lopez and Blakely joined the party.
Jamestown had no answer for any of the Commodores. They came out looking to run the score up and take it to Jamestown and they did exactly that. Blakely along with her scoring, racked up many assists. She displayed great court vision, finding her teammates all over the court for the open shot. Towards the end of the third quarter Lopez had an outstanding chasedown block at the buzzer to swing any momentum Jamestown had and surrendered it to the Lady Commodores.
The Commodores took a huge lead going into the final stretch and didn’t let it go. They controlled the game and had a strong finish. LCCC went on to win 80-58.
After the game Coach Granito discussed the win. “ The key to this game was understanding who we played last night (Owens CC). We hung with them, and I told them to bring the same intensity to this game and they did just that. We have so many players with tremendous talent and we are able to hang with the best of them as long as we bring this same intensity every night.”
Granito also said “Another key coming out of the second half was our defense. Alycia (Mathis) came out and face guarded their best shooter, who before made at least three or four threes. She didn’t make a single one once Alycia guarded her. It was a solid all around effort.”