By Ted Waddell
LOCH SHELDRAKE November 17, 2006 Paul G. Clune is now in his third year as head coach of the Sullivan County Community College Lady Generals, a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III women’s basketball program.
Clune’s assistants this season are Steve Nash and Carl Graham.
Unlike the SCCC men’s program, the Lady Generals’ coaching staff recruited a cadre of local high school graduates. Of the 13 hoopsters listed on the roster, seven graduated from area high schools.
On the weekend of November 4-5, the Lady Generals walked off the court with the women’s division championship at the SUNY Delhi Broncos’ Invitational Tournament. SCCC defeated the host team, 69-53, in the semifinals and then topped Fingerlakes Community College, 93-82, in the championship game despite trailing 37-33 at halftime.
Leading the Lady Generals’ offense in the victory against SUNY Delhi were Pamela Graddick and LaShaun Malcolm.
Graddick had a double-double, scoring a team-high 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. She also dished out five assists. Malcolm had 18 points and seven rebounds.
Victoria Carter added 14 points and nine rebounds and Shauna Murry recorded a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds.
In the come-from-behind victory over Fingerlakes Community College in the title game, four Lady Generals scored in double figures. Malcolm led the way with 29 points, while Murry netted 20 points and seven rebounds.
Hannah Coen had a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Graddick added 18 points and eight assists.
Last Saturday, SCCC (3-0) defeated Kingsborough Community College, 82-42.
Coen and Murry each registered a double-double. Murry had 27 points and 15 rebounds, while Coen posted 15 points and 17 rebounds.
Clune can be a man of few words especially when he’s running off to teach a phys ed class.
When asked to look into his crystal ball for a peek at the 2006-2007 hoops season, Clune replied, “We’ve got more good players.”
In addition, he offered a thumbnail sketch of the 2006-2007 Lady Generals:
• Nikki Dean, freshman guard, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, Tri-Valley High School.
“After sitting out last year, Nikki comes to the team as a smart point guard with strong work ethic. She should contribute on the court right from the start.”
• Hannah Coen, sophomore forward, 5’9”, Calasanctius College of Galway, Ireland.
“The leading scorer [16.3 points per game] and rebounder [10.8 rebounds per game] from last season who will be counted on to continue to contribute those numbers again this year. During the summer, she played on the Irish Under-20 National Team at the European Championships in Lithuania.”
• Lauren Wheeler, sophomore guard, 5’2”, Seward Park High School.
“She led the team with five assists per game and handled the duties at the point guard position [last year]. With added depth at the guard position, she will be able to contribute more as a scorer this season.”
• Sharon Darling, sophomore forward, 5’10”, Sheepshead Bay High School.
“A great defender [who averaged 4.7 blocked shots per game] and scorer around the basket. She uses her athletic ability to create advantages both offensively and defensively.”
• Shauna Murry, sophomore guard, 5’8”, Tri-Valley High School. “She had a season-high 30 points against Orange County Community College last season while averaging 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. As a veteran player, Shauna is expected to help lead the team both on and off the court.”
• Lisa DeStefano, sophomore forward, 5’9”, Liberty High School.
“She has a versatile game with the ability to play inside and score [from the] outside. With this ability, Lisa will be asked to make a significant contribution to the team.”
• Victoria Carter, freshman forward, 5’5”, Monticello High School.
“She is a strong post player and is a good athlete as well. She will add a much-needed presence around the basket.”
• Jessenia Carrillo, freshman forward, 5’9”, J.F. Kennedy High School.
“She combines athleticism and hustle to be an effective player. Continued work on her game will lead to positive results for the team.”
• LaShaun Malcolm, freshman guard, 5’4”, Mt. Vernon High School.
“A very good athlete who can play either the point or shooting guard positions. She is a fierce competitor who brings a lot of intensity when she plays the game.”
• Maria Jeltsch, freshman guard, 5’3”, Tri-Valley High School.
“A true point guard who can score as well. She is expected to help lead the team on both offense and defense.”
• Lamorne Chang, freshman forward, 5’6”, Liberty High School.
“She is a smart player who combines athletic ability and hustle to contribute to the team. She will play both inside and out on the perimeter depending on the opponents.”
• Jessica Lake, sophomore forward, 6’1”, Tri-Valley High School.
“A true center who is a presence around the basket. Her continued improvement has made her a good post player both on offense and defense.”
• Pamela Graddick, sophomore guard, 5’9”, Walton High School.
“Pamela played for us two years ago and then took a year off for eye surgery. She’s a little older, more mature and has the experience… was probably our best player two years ago, and now with the cast that we have around her, will fit in very well.”