A short handed LCCC took on Columbus State Community College on Feb. 7, falling 113-76.
The game started in the Commodores favor. Madi Bonner and Angel Blakely lead the charge, scoring early and often with Blakely’s display of tremendous ball handling and weaving in and out of the defense. It was looking up for the Lady Commodores. A surge from Columbus State however proved to be the Commodores worst enemy.
Columbus State caused many turnovers, getting inside the head of the Commodores and causing unforced turnovers as well. Bonner and Molly Linn lead a Lady Commodore comeback. Bonner driving to the basket at will, and Linn showing off her three point stroke. LCCC’s woes at the free throw line kept them out of the game however, Columbus State went into the half up, 52-28.
LCCC came out scoring at the start of the second half. Bonner led the charge with a couple of three point baskets. But early turnovers killed the Lady Commodores once again, many unforced. The Commodores looked tired and out of synch. They kept getting to the charity stripe but couldn’t capitalize. It seemed there was a lid on the basket for the Commodores.
They started the fourth quarter down 21 points, digging themselves in a hole that they couldn’t quite get themselves out of. The lead at one point grew to a 40 point difference. A tough night all around for the Commodores, the final score was 113-76.
First year player, and defensive stopper Blakely, had a positive outlook on today’s game. “I think we played well but with six girls it’s hard to play four quarters of basketball. If we had a full team and had people to sub in and out we would be a better team. Also, we lack team communication on defense which creates a lot of defensive opportunities for the team to score.”
Bonner, another first year player for the Lady Commodores, also had a positive attitude about today’s game. “ I think overall we played well as a team it was just hard with only six players. Everyone is nursing some sort of injury so we just had to push through it. It was difficult playing two games in a row but we pushed through it. Molly [Linn] and I were hitting some important shots today so I think that really helped along with Brandi’s [Holowecky] rebounds and Angel’s [Blakely] defense.”
The Commodores next home game is Feb. 13 against Sinclair Community College.