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Policy will ban tobacco on campus

Beginning on Aug. 1, all tobacco products will be prohibited on campus. Rebecca Marion Managing Editor With August 1st steadily approaching, the students and staff of Lorain County Community College can expect to breath easier on campus this fall semester….

Test anxiety workshop will ease finals stress

Zach Srnis Special Correspondent With final exams right around the corner, Americorps completion coaches at Lorain County Community College will be offering a test-taking workshop. The presentation will help students develop strategies for how to tackle exams and dealing with…

Collegian bags 9 Press Club Awards

Kristin Hohman Editor-in-Chief The Collegian took nine honors in the 2017 All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Press Club of Cleveland. In the Best Print Feature category, Editor-in-Chief Kristin Hohman won for her two stories, “Suicide on campus” and…

The young and the homeless

Kristin Hohman Editor-in-Chief With the increasing cost of attending college in the United States, it should come as no surprise that many college students have to make considerable sacrifices for their education. One of the most substantial sacrifices is a…

Men’s basketball team make top 10 in NJCAA

Mark Perez-Krywany

Sports Editor

The first NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) Division III men’s basketball national ranking poll of the 2017-18 season came out on the 26th of December in the year 2017. Lorain County Community College (17-2) was nowhere to be found until the ninth of January of 2018 as they were ranked 11th in the nation with a perfect 12-0 record. A stalemate would occur on the outside of the top 10 for LCCC in the next 21 days until the most recent Division III ranking poll on January 30, 2018. LCCC just achieved top 10 national status in the NJCAA Division III men’s basketball.

The Commodores started out the season 12-0. Eastfield College, Herkimer County Community College, and Brookdale Community College are the only other teams to start the season 12-0 and they have been in the top 10 rankings since December 5, 2017.

“It’s great for them,” said Marty Eggleston, head coach for the LCCC men’s basketball team. “Because the fruits of their labor are being acknowledged and I’m happy and excited for the team.”

LCCC is top 10 in points per game (8), field goals made per game (9), attempts per game (2) and steals per game (7) out of 107 teams that have played at least nine games. They are also 13th in 3-point shots made per game, 16th 3-point attempts per game, 16.5 offensive rebounds per game, 17th in total rebounds per game, 19th rebounding margin per game and 15th in 3-point percentage per game.

According to Eggleston, teams have to submit their team to be considered for rankings and he didn’t do it.

The Commodores have dominated the OCCAC (Ohio Community College Athletic Conference) that consists of mostly Division II teams, winning 7-of-8 conference games. The undefeated conference foe and No. 1 ranked team in Division II Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) (19-0) is the only team LCCC lost to in their conference.

“I wouldn’t call it dominance, I just call it hard work,” coach Eggleston said. We work these guys hard and they respond to it and it’s a reflection of their effort they put in for the product.”

Six out of eight times, a Commodore was awarded the OCCAC Division III Player of the Week in the 2017-18 season. Commodores’ Mike Rell was given it four times, Jake Schultz and recently Zach Swain once.

LCCC has had 11 leading scorers this season, the most in the NJCAA Division III men’s basketball. Their bench produces 45.5 points per game and have broke 60 bench points six times this season.

Other than their loss to Tri-C, their second loss was to Wayne County Community College (8-5).

The rest of the Commodores’ regular season will consists of six teams with a winning record. One of them, on the seventh of February will be against the Tri-C. Another game the Commodores played and won was at Edison Community College (97-94), who was 7-1 before they faced LCCC. Edison was once ranked in Division II. Philadelphia Community College was ranked 14th in Division III and lost to LCCC. The poll made on January 17, 2018 ranked Philadelphia three spots ahead of the Commodores.

Scuffle during game brings on investigations

Mark Perez-Krywany

Sports Editor

Emotions throughout the course of the game can sometimes get the best of people, even when trash talking plays a factor.

As a result of a fist fight that happened in the Fieldhouse Gym during a women’s basketball game between Lorain County Community College and Hocking on Jan. 20 2018, Commodores’ Rose Carter, Hawks’ Jermacia McKee and Shalyn Johnson have been facing multiple investigations.

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), LCCC’s Code of Conduct, and The Elyria Police Department have investigated the events. The NJCAA has resolved their investigation and gave Carter a two-game suspension that she is currently serving after recovering from a shoulder injury as a result from the fight, according to head coach of the Commodores Vince Granito. He also said that he is not sure whether or not she is going to sit out the rest of the season on her own choice.

“That’s the standard NJCAA. If you get ejected, you have to sit [for two games],” Granito said.

McKee and Johnson have also missed two games after the fight and are back on the court for Hocking College.

The Code of Conduct is being reviewed, according to Tracy Green, vice president of LCCC.

“As we look at Rose [Carter] being our student here on campus, then that would go through the campus Code of Conduct review as well,” said Green.

The incident report by Campus Security lists Carter, Johnson and McKee as persons of interest.

According to the Campus Security incident report, “no determination could be made as to who was responsible for starting the fight though claims have been made by witnesses that the Hocking [College] students were the cause. Through the duration of the games archived livestream, the three can be seen throwing punches and kicks at each other before Hocking coach, Michael Mosley, pulls Johnson away after roughly 16 seconds of fighting. A few moments after Breanna Fortney, LCCC’s fitness trainer, intervenes and splits McKee and Carter apart. After they were separated, Carter hit another student, Annie Rhodes and then McKee can be seen reaching around the trainer, Fortney, and hitting Carter again. A short time later, Carter is seen falling to the ground, which then leads to McKee kicking Rose [Carter] in the head and the LCCC coach, Vince Granito pulling Rose Carter away. The three students involved had been separated before (Elyria Police) units arrived on the scene. Carter had mentioned pressing charges which led to dispatcher Brabson contacting Elyria Police Department who then dispatched four officers to the Fieldhouse. Carter was eventually transported via LifeCare to EMH hospital in Elyria with a possible dislocated shoulder.”

LCCC has removed the “fist fight,” portion of the broadcast from the game film that they posted three days after the game, according to the video on their YouTube page.

The incident report also included a statement from Fortney.

According to Fortney, “At a women’s basketball game, there was a fight during the third quarter. After the referees and coaches failed to break up the fight, I decided to do so. While I was attempting to break up the fight, the athlete from Hocking College, [McKee] attempted to hit me in the face as well. During the fight, the Lorain County community college girl [Carter] was kicked in the face while she was down. The athlete from Lorain county community college [Carter] sustain a dislocated shoulder as a result of the fight.”

Another anonymous source said that the tension originated from trash talking throughout the game, which was confirmed by the police report.

“Officers spoke with Rose Carter at the UHEMC and were advised she was talking back-and-forth with the girls from the other team and advised the physical altercation was mutual,” according to the police report.

In the report, it listed Carter as a victim and no arrests were made on the “disturbance” in the gym. The narrative in the Elyria Police report said “officers spoke with the film crew and were advised the only footage they obtained involved both benches clearing and showed several subjects fighting on the basketball court.”

The Elyria Police Department has been given the responsibility to take over the investigation, according to Green.

“We have the police do what they’re doing, in terms of if there is anything to be done. That’s out of our hands,” Green said. “We just cooperate officially with any requests for information that we would receive, and we haven’t received any as of yet.”

The case was recently closed.

Vaccines vital to fight the flu season

Kerri Klatt

Staff Writer

With hospitalization and deaths from the flu skyrocketing, the importance of vaccines cannot be denied.

The influenza A virus, H3N3, is the most frequently identified virus this flu season. During the third week of the flu season, which normally begins in the late fall, 10.1 percent of deaths were due to pneumonia and influenza, according to the National Center for Health Statistics from the Center for Disease and Prevention (CDC). That percentage is above the epidemic threshold of 7.3%. During week four of the flu season, the influenza activity has increased throughout the United States.  “We (Ohio) had our peak in December of 2017,” said Dr. Harry Kestler, Professor of Microbiology at Lorain County Community College. The CDC has reported that a total of 63 deaths of children have occurred due to influenza associated deaths for the 2017-2018 flu season.  In Cuyahoga County, 21 people have died from the flu, according to the Cuyahoga County board of health.  “The number of cases we are seeing are phenomenal” said Kestler, “The flu isn’t anything to take lightly, it is very serious.”

  According to The Ohio Department of Health, ODH, the flu viruses are spread through coughing and sneezing. The seasonal influenza is an illness that causes fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. The ODH states that three influenza viruses are circulating presently that includes the influenza A (H1N1) viruses, influenza A (H3N2) viruses, and influenza B viruses.

  The CDC recommends that people six months of age and older should get vaccinated each year.  Vaccines are designed to protect against influenza viruses that experts believe to be the most common for the upcoming flu season, according to the ODH. “The CDC and the drug company’s goals are to get the vaccines ready for the winter months,” said Kestler, “The vaccine does do a good benefit for us, and there is misinformation, wrong information, and hypocrisy in the media about vaccines.”

The last flu of significance was the H1N1 which happened in 2009.

“The vaccines make a lot of it go away, like in 2009, when we fizzled out the H1N1 virus. Those vaccinations did a great job.”

  Flu pandemics have spanned the globe killing millions of humans throughout history. For example, the Influenza Epidemic of 1918, when the Spanish influenza was an epidemic spreading from Europe to the United States in 1918. “1918 was a big year for the flu,” said Kestler, “And these things come back.”

Campus graduate and employee to represent college at conference

Matt Gergely

Staff Writer

Helping promote the good that community colleges strive to achieve, the non-profit organization Achieving the Dream helps give access to higher quality education, which the organization believes it is the right of all individuals. Achieving the Dream is holding a national conference bringing together leaders and students from Community Colleges all across the United States, and representing Lorain County Community College is Kenneth Glynn, Adult Outreach Associate for the Marketing Department.

Glynn is a veteran of the U.S. Army and he is very proud of his time and service. After he was out of the army, he found himself working in a Steel Mill after failing to find work elsewhere. “You had to accept reality that there weren’t that many jobs around here in Lorain County”, Glynn said. Working in the mills, he had to experience the pros and cons of the job we worked. Working long hours, he would find little time to spend with his loved ones. However, he managed to power through with the support his family. After 19 years of working at the Steel Plant, he moved on to pursue an education at LCCC.

  LCCC had plenty to offer Glynn and after only a couple semesters, he managed to receive his first Associates Degree from the college. Taking note of his effort and commitment, he went to a local Achieving the Dream conference held in Cleveland a year ago. It was there that he was able to show off his life story and his drive to continue to make a better life for himself. “I didn’t realize that this Achieving the Dream thing was bringing together all these deans and presidents from community colleges all across the nation”, Glynn stated. One person in particular that was both present at the conference and impressed by his performance was LCCC’s President, Dr. Marcia Ballinger, and he soon found himself an employee on campus.

  Excited by his new-found position, Glynn was quick to get started. “One of the first things I got to work on was starting a new program which was free and was in manufacturing, and I was a vital instrument towards getting a student body to get that kicked off”, he said.  Glynn has been also active in several other programs and events at the college.

For what is next for Glynn, he currently likes where things are at right now. “I love doing what I’m doing for the first time in my life, and I plan to continue pitching my work ethic and ideas around here as long as the college wants me”.

While he seems to have a solid future foundation, possible jobs in the future might including working for Non-Governmental Organizations with his future degree in business administration from LCCC.

The Achieving the Dream Tennessee conference will be taking place from Feb. 20-23 in Nashville, TN.

Business competition offers cash prize to LCCC entrepreneurs

Kerri Klatt

Staff Writer

Entrepreneurs on campus will have the opportunity to share their business ideas in the upcoming NEO LaunchNet 2018 Idea Labs business competition on March 8.

  Regardless of your major, all LCCC students are encouraged to participate. “Students can participant individually or with a team of up to five,” said Janice Lapina, Program Manager at NEO LaunchNET.

  “The skills that our students learn, whether it is participating in the competitions, or coming into the lab to get mentored and coached,” said Lapina, “These are transferrable skills that the student can take into the real world and into their careers.”

The competition includes three cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners. The first-place cash prize is $1,000, second-place prize is $500, and the third-place prize is $250. “The money for these competitions and programs comes from the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (ECC), and are funded by our grant from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation,” said Lapina.  “We have judges that come in from the outside because we do not want to have any conflict of interest,” explains Lapina.

  The event will also be an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to network with local business leaders.

The first-place winner will win cash as well as the opportunity to compete at a regional level Idea Lab competition. This competition offers $5,000 in cash prizes, and is between ten colleges and universities. “We are the only community college that participates,” said Lapina, “The rest are four-year colleges and universities”.

Neo LaunchNET’s mission is to assist small business owners with achieving their dreams of business success. “We have seen over 2500 walk-ins that have walked in about business related inquiries,” said Lapina, “We have seen bakeries, tech with different applications, marketing, food, organics, and social entrepreneurial ideas.”

To participate or be involved with NEO LaunchNET, a student does not need to be a business major. “The good thing about our program is that we are co-curricular. It doesn’t matter what the student’s major is, their business, or business idea because it does not need to follow that,” said Lapina.

To participate in the Idea Lab business competition, you must have a business idea and register with the NEO LaunchNet office.

Students interested in competing need to contact the NEO LaunchNet office by 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 16 stating their interest.  Ideas are to be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 23, and students are to create and share power point slides by 5:00 p.m. on March 2.

New senators aim to build a sense of community on campus

Maria Alejandra Rey

Staff Writer

The Student Senate is the entity that creates a link between the college and the student body, and this semester the senate has welcomed two new members.

Eric Skinner, a nursing major, has joined on as the event coordinator, and Paul Warkentien, a civil engineering major, took the position of the learning center representative. Both senators have the knowledge and preparation as far as how the college works, going through some of the different levels of the student work that has prepared them for this new experience.

Skinner and Warkentien have common goals such as creating a bigger sense of community among the students. “We are not diverged, we are still a community, but there is sill room for improvement,” said Skinner, who has been informing students personally of the events and activities organized by the college as his tactic of getting the student body more involved.  Skinner highlights the importance of being involved in your community and its activities as a way to create a sense of pride and communal life.

“I like working with the international office because I want to involve the international students with the traditional LCCC students,” said Skinner. He is a believer in the significance of creating bonds between the international and the traditional students through the activities on campus as a way of creating common ground for all.

Warkentien’s ideas, though similar, are directed to another demographic of the student population. “I want to include the students from the outreach centers in conversations and making sure that the students know that they are invited to the main campus events as well as plan, and have more events at the learning centers,” said Warkentien.

The two new senators are prepared to take on the new challenge and are grateful for the experience.

Forum highlights STEM opportunities on campus

Matt Gergely

Staff Writer

In the ever more complex and evolving world, making sure the workers and leaders of tomorrow are equipped to be successful in the 21st Century should be the goal of any community. A person’s knowledge of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects can ultimately decide that person’s level of success in an advanced economy. Committed to its goal of producing completive students, Lorain County Community College and Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio hosted a forum concerning STEM Commercialization, Entrepreneurship and Innovation on Feb. 6 in the Spitzer Conference Center.

  The forum hosted teachers and students from different high schools and middle schools that were invited to learn the opportunities of a STEM education by three unique speakers. One of the speakers was Rick Pollack, a serial entrepreneur, who spent his speech talking about his personal story involving the beginning of his business MakerGear, a designer and manufacturer of affordable, desktop 3D printers, and how the origins of his company was thanks to LCCC’s FabLab. After making improvements and parts to already existing printers call MakerBots, Pollack decided to start designing and making his own 3D printers. “He started his business in our FabLab, and so he would hire our part-time lab assistants to work for him on their off time and they would produce the parts for him,” said Kelly Zelesnik, Dean of Engineering, Business, and Information Technologies.

  Another speaker at the forum was Dr. Reagan Silverstri, an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at LCCC, and he spoke about his time as a volunteer in the United States Peace Corps and his service assignment in the Republic of Kazakhstan where he looked implemented waste-to-energy practices based on practices from Lorain County. One unique thing Silvestri and Pollack show is that even if you have a college degree or other form of training or education, you are not bound only to jobs associated with that degree. “Hearing all the different speakers and no matter where they started they ended up doing ssomething else. You look at Reagan’s degree in chemistry and then his time in the Peace Corp and doing something that wasn’t directly related to his degree, you look at Rick Pollack, he has a degree in computer science and here he is building 3D printers,” Zelesnik commented.

After listening and interacting with speakers after their speeches, students, who were assisted by college student mentors, were tasked to work together in teams to develop a new product, service or problem solving innovation and gave pitches of their creation much like the contestants on  the show “Shark Tank”. Zelesnik was very impressed with what the students were able to come up with in the very short amount of time they were given.

“They only had about 25 minutes doing that and they didn’t have a lot of time to create their pitches and they did a great job”, said Zelesnik.

Students share their ideal Valentine’s Day

The ideal way for me to spend my Valentine’s Day would be an entire day spent with my significant other. What would we do on that day?  I’m a man of simple tastes, a day spent indoors playing video games and watching Netflix would be enough. Though I wouldn’t mind going out for some Chinese food as a way to top off the day.  I do enjoy getting those I love gifts though, so I am sure I would surprise anyone I am spending Valentine’s Day with something thoughtful and romantic. Receiving a gift would be nice as well, but that’s optional for me. I just like going the extra mile to make my romantic partner’s day special.  The most important thing for a good Valentine’s Day is just spending the time together. While some activities would be nice, just doing things with one another is romantic enough in my book.

-Jeffrey Braden-

Valentine’s Day is an expensive holiday. Many people spend money on chocolates, candy, flowers, etc. on his or her significant other. While many people do indeed make a large deal over the holiday itself, I enjoy spending it with my dearest friends.  My ideal Valentine’s Day is nothing special. It consists of starting the night off at B Spot with my friends. I treat myself to a wonderful, gourmet burger, topped with smoked bacon and cheddar cheese, and finished off with a chocolate milkshake. Afterwards, we venture home to finish our night and watch the movie, 13 Going on 30, and eat a ton of chocolate, only if our stomachs can handle it.  Valentine’s Day does not have to be celebrated in the comfort of being in a relationship, but rather with the people who love and care for you the most.

-Ashley  Meecha-

My ideal Valentine’s day includes a day of relaxing. A day where I am free of social media where I am constantly viewing the seemingly perfect relationships of others. I want to spend a day not wondering when my day will come for a relationship that isn’t nearly as its held up to be. That will come in time I am sure. Instead, I would like to spend the day by myself, a good book, and the great outdoors. I would go on a long hike through the tranquil forest, sit beside a gushing river and read. Let my toes dip into the river and sing at the top of my lungs. This is the type of day that would truly make me happy. A day where instead of focusing on what I don’t have, I can focus on the beautiful life that I already have.

-Emma Roth-

My perfect Valentine’s Day would be a night alone in the comfort of my warm house.  Scattered across my kitchen table would be all of my favorite comfort foods: macaroni and cheese, pizza, chicken wings, and most importantly, a hot pot of coffee.  I would be laying down on my couch, wearing sweatpants and a loose T-shirt, watching Grey’s Anatomy.  My phone would be turned off and stashed away in my bedroom.  No one would bother my perfect night.  I am not interested in the idea of a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner and movie like most others are.  I’m a strong, independent woman who does not need a man to satisfy me.  All  I need is great food and a great show to watch.

-Marie Tobin-

Traditionally, Valentine’s Day calls for tons of romance and a lot of chocolate! People all around the U.S. are preparing beautiful bouquets or deciding what kind of candy or sweets to get for their significant other. It truly is a holiday made for lovers, but what about those people that are single? I just so happen to be a bachelor myself and with nobody to give gifts or spend time with. I’m faced with a bit of dilemma; what the hell am I gonna do? To be completely honest I’m not much of a fan of the holiday even if I’m with someone.

I just think the concept is a bit overplayed. Am I supposed to try and find a Valentine for the day? I’d rather not spend money on someone that’s not significant to me. Am I supposed to hit up an old fling? I’ll pass on that headache.

Overall I think Valentine’s Day has little to no significance and is just a reason to frivolously spend money. So, here I am still debating on what my plans are for this waste of a holiday. Well, just like every other day of the week, month, and year I’m gonna do what I love to do most: kick it with the homies. Why stress over getting some girl the right chocolates or where I’m gonna take her to dinner when I could face one with my friends. Eliminates having to spend money and it’s a guaranteed good time. What’s not to like about whooping my buddy in some 2k, and listening to some music. I don’t know about you, but that is the ideal Valentines Day.

-Jacob Sheriff-

Men’s Commodores stops Chargers’ rally

Mark Perez-Krywany

Sports Editor

A 21-5 run the Lorain County Community College men’s basketball team put on Edison State Community College Chargers help catapult the Commodores to a 21-point lead with 13:20 left in the game. With 3:16 left, the Chargers made it a 1-point game, but the Commodores were able to pull out a win 84-81.

The 21-5 run started with 1:13 left in the first half, scoring five points before going into the halftime with a 42-31 lead for the Commodores.

“Edison [State] is a dangerous team,” said Marty Eggleston, head coach of the men’s basketball team. “They rely very heavily on their outside shooting. They have some very good shooters on that team and a team like that runs hot, or cold. If their hot, you got a problem if you don’t rebound. You know, because their misses become follow-ups and things of that nature. If they’re cold and you take advantage and rebound the ball, you can be in good shape.”

For the Chargers in the first half, Jacob Rogan scored 13 points, which is almost half of their point output. In 2:19, he scored nine points to help make the Edison State (15-8) in the first half. He hit 2-of-3 3-pointers in that stretch. Rogan would not score another point in the second half.

LCCC (20-4), in the first possession of the of the second half with a dunk by Deric Nichols; making the home crowd erupt.

“[Setting the tone] is the hope, coach Eggleston said about the dunk by Nichols. “The hope is that would set the tone and that all we need is a little run.”

After LCCC had a 21-point lead, the Chargers started to inch their way back into the game, courtesy of Hadith Tiggs with 14 points, Romello Yaqub with 11 points and Darryl Robinson with 13 points they scored in the second half.

Chargers’ Tiggs had 12 points in 3:31 to help them go on a 14-2 run to cut into the Commodore lead and made it a 1-point game with 3:16 left in the game.

“That kid is a go-getter,” coach Egglston said about Tiggs. “He can just flat out play. I like that kid a lot and I like watching him play and I like our team to play against him. He is a quality kind of player. He doesn’t say much. He just gets out there and does his job… He is the type of player that a coach would love to have on a team.”

Tiggs, the last time these teams matched up scored 21 points and seven rebounds while shooting 71 percent from the field.

With over 10 minutes left in the game, the Chargers were in the bonus. LCCC committed 26 fouls in the game, 19 in the second half. Edison State shot 21 free-throws, but made 13 as they shot about 62 percent from the line. The Commodores average over 20 personal fouls per game, but because of LCCC’s fast pace of play. It is the “price of doing business,” according to coach Eggleston.

“It’s apart of the game,” he said. “It shows that they are playing aggressive. You have to find a way to limit the fouls.”

In the next scoring possession was done by Kevin Kelley as he made an and-1 3-point shot and convert the free-throw to make the lead from one point to five points.

“It was a great play,” coach Eggleston said about Kelley’s 4-point play. “It was a great shot that Kevin [Kelley] can make … I can trust Kevin [Kelley] to make and take shots like that.”

Jovon Jones in the first half played five minutes before injuring his ankle. The training staff taped him up on the bench and played two minutes in the second half before going to the bench for the rest of the game. According to coach Eggleston, he is “fine.”

“I think we are in good position. Our next goal is to just finish this season strong and get past Columbus State,” coach Eggleston said.

The Commodores next home game is against Sinclair Community College, which will be Sophomore Night for the men’s basketball team.

Fans honor sophomore players

Mark Perez-Krywany

Sports Editor

A round of applause was given to the sophomore players of Lorain County Community College as they were honored by fans in the stand for representing the LCCC women’s basketball program.

“I think it went pretty well as far as the day,” sophomore guard of the Commodores Angel Blakely (23 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 3 steals and 6 turnovers) said about the sophomore night ceremony. “It was a nice ceremony. As far as our plan, I think everything went accordingly.”

Sophomores Carrie Carlson, Blakely, Sami Shaw, Gloria Souter, Sarah Kyser, and Jasmine White were honored before the game started.

Unfortunately for the Commodores, the 3-loss Edison State Community College Chargers had something to say about the ceremony as they went on a 12-0 run in 3:04 in the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second to help propel the Chargers to defeat the Commodores 87-48 in the conference match-up.

In the first eight minutes of the game, the lead changed three times and tied twice before the Chargers started to apply the full-court press that resulted in turnovers for the Commodores; leading to fast break points for Edison State.

“I think we rotated real well on the defensive end in that first quarter,” head coach of the Commodores Vince Granito said after the game. “We were running a 3-2 [zone defense], Sami [Shaw] did a good job dropping in and helping out with that.”

“In the first quarter, what was working the most was that we were swinging the ball,” Blakely said. “When we played, we were starting to play together and when we were down, we all tried to [have] the mentality of you know, who was going be … clutch enough to at least get us back in the game, but we should have kept the same momentum we had.”

The Commodores played zone defense, but when Blakely, who was on the right side of the zone was matched up against the Chargers’ 6-footer Riley Culver in the post in the first quarter, she had multiple steals to help make the game close for the Commodores.

“I think I’m very well against her [Culver] down low,” Blakely said. “I realized that she had a restriction. I tried to base my skill level of what she could and could not do, but for the most part, it benefited me.”

Commodores’ guard Hannah Oehlstrom made 4-of-8 3-pointers in the first half, some of them from deep behind the 3-point line.

She would not make another shot the rest of the game. She finished the game with 12 points (4-of-18 on field goals and 4-of-12 on 3-pointers).

From 2:06 left in the first quarter to 8:51 in the second, LCCC was on a scoring drought and were unable to score a point.

“We just didn’t move the ball enough,” Granito said. “We sort of looked like the old Cavs [Cleveland Cavaliers]. We’d get the ball out there on one side and it would stay there; wouldn’t move… I think you saw [that] we got scoring opportunities when we moved the ball around. It’s just a matter of continuing on and moving the ball around.”

Throughout the game, multiple Commodores had a problem with the officiating and Blakely was one of them.

“There were a lot of missed calls on both end,” she said. But at that moment, when you realize that you are not going to get what you need from them, you gotta play through it and make the best out of the game.”

The Chargers are 101st in 3-point shooting against their Division II contemporaries, shooting 25 percent there. However, from just inside the line in the mid-range, they made plenty of shots to extend their lead.

“I warned the girls ahead of time,” coach Granito said. “I watched [Edison’s] in warm-ups and they did not miss a shot in warm-ups.”

LCCC’s record is now 5-19 and Edison’s is 20-3. LCCC is on a 6-game losing streak and lost 17 of its last 19 games. In those games, they played Sinclair, Owens, both ranked teams in Division II, Tri-C twice and Edison since Christmas Break.

That’s our league,” Coach Granito said. “We have to play the teams we have in our league. This certainly wouldn’t be the games I would schedule if I was independent.”

“I have no doubt that this is the toughest league in the country,” Granito said. “I looked at some of the results of some leagues around the country. Division II or Division III, this is by far the toughest.”

“If it was more of a Division III league, I think we would be real competitive,” he said. “I don’t know record wise where we’d be. But certainly the scores would be a lot closer.”

The Commodores next home game will be their last home game of the season, which was against Sinclair Community College on February 17, 2018.