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Quentin Pardon
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“One of our goals is to finish the season with 10 wins or more. We had never had back to back winning seasons,” said Head Coach of LCCC’s Women’s Basketball Team Vince Granito . After a slow start at the beginning of the season, the tides are changing for them as they have won back to back OCCAC conference and are four games away from reaching 10 wins as their record stands at 6-14 and 2-4 in the OCCAC. Over a span of four games, the women’s team went 3-1.

“We kept our composure” 

“It was an ugly game but we kept our composure when needed,” said Coach Granito on how the Women’s Basketball Team notched their first OCCAC conference win, besting Division II Clark State Community College 54-46 on Jan. 18. “The key aspect of the win was how intense we started off the game; where in previous games we are usually on the other end of that.” The women’s team started off on a 11-0 run to begin the game and carried that momentum throughout the game. 

Vanecia Billings (Lorain/Clearview) had a double-double by the end of the first half with 12 points and 13 rebounds, propelling the Commodores to an early lead. She finished the game with 14 points and 18 rebounds. Haley Sprouse (LaGrange/Keystone) contributed nine points and nine rebounds, while teammate Kelsey Simmerly (Avon Lake) had nine boards and eight points. Bri Gallagher (Medina/Cloverleaf) led with three assists and pulled in 11 caroms as LCCC won the battle of the boards 57-33 over the Eagles.

LCCC Women’s Basketball team played a tough first-half ball to keep it close against Division II Edison State but couldn’t keep up the pace against the OCCAC Conference leaders in an 80-47 loss on Jan. 25. The Commodores were down just 32-26 at the half but failed to connect on several great scoring opportunities down the stretch to keep it close. The Charges are now 6-0 in the tough OCCAC and 17-2 for the season with their only two losses coming at the hands of nationally-ranked Mott Community College. 

Vanecia Billings (Lorain/Clearview) and Haley Sprouse (LaGrange/Keystone) led the Commodores in scoring with 12 apiece. Billings led with seven rebounds and had four blocked shots. Spouse pulled in five rebounds and had three steals, while Bri Gallagher (Medina/Cloverleaf) handed out three assists. Azzia Moore (Cleveland/Cleveland JFK) came off the bench to chip in with eight points.

In their next outing,  they got out to a 9-0 lead over Division II Bryant & Stratton College and never looked back on their way to a 61-39 win. Vanecia Billings (Lorain/Clearview) once again led the Commodores, logging her 13th double-double of the year with a 19 point, 10 rebound performance. Haley Sprouse (LaGrange/Keystone) was right behind with 18 points and a team-high five steals. Kelsey Simmerly (Avon Lake) led with five assists.

On Feb. 1, the team continued to feed off the momentum of the last game and beat Hocking College with a 67-55. With the win, LCCC improves to 6-14 overall and 2-4 in the OCCAC. 

Vanecia Billings (Lorain/Clearview) continues to dominate for the Commodores, as she tied a school record with five blocked shots and put up her 14th double-double of the season with 14 points and 14 rebounds. During this span, Vanecia Billings has averaged 14.8 points and 12.3 rebounds for the Commodores. Haley Sprouse (LaGrange/Keystone) had a double-double of her own with 10 points and 11 boards. Bri Gallagher (Medina/Cloverleaf) led LCCC in scoring with 16 points and also had two assists, while Kelsey Simmerly (Avon Lake) dropped in 15 points. Kelsey Gannon (Avon) added three steals in the victory.