By Rob Potter
LOCH SHELDRAKE November 17, 2006 The Sullivan County Community College Lady Generals suffered their first loss of the 2006-2007 hoops season on Tuesday night at Paul Gerry Fieldhouse.
Hostos Community College scored the first basket of the game and gradually extended its lead throughout the half to take a 35-21 advantage at the intermission.
In the second half, the Lady Caimans continued to use their quickness to set up some easy baskets on the way to recording a 70-41 victory in the Region XV contest.
Hostos CC improved to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in Region XV competition. SCCC is now 3-1 overall and 0-1 in Region XV.
Lady Caiman guard Shamar Stewartson made consecutive 3-point shots within a 20-second span midway through the first half to extend her team’s lead to 16 points at 24-8.
Late in the first half, SCCC sophomore guard Shauna Murry swished a baseline jumper to bring her team to within 11 points at 32-21.
But unfortunately for the Murry and her teammates, that was as close as the score would be for the rest of the evening.
Leading Hostos CC to its victory was freshman guard/forward Shyanne French, who scored a game-high 18 points. Three other Lady Caimans scored in double figures: Charisma Carter had 13 points, Sharlene Nicholas recorded 11 points and Stewartson finished with 10 points.
“Our team defense was good tonight,” Hostos CC Coach Rodney Carr said. “But we have to work on some of our offensive sets.”
Carr was impressed with the Lady Generals.
“They have a good team and a good coach,” he commented. “I’m sure they’ll keep improving.”
SCCC Coach Paul Clune noted that his team faced a very good team.
“Hostos and Monroe [College] are the top teams in the region,” he said. “Hostos has four of its five starters back from last season and they are a well-coached team.
“Their team quickness really hurt us tonight,” Clune added.
The only Lady General to reach double figures was LaShaun Malcolm. The freshman guard had 15 points.
Murry had nine points, while freshman forward Victoria Carter added six points and sophomore forward Hannah Coen netted four points.
Despite the loss, Clune remains very optimistic about how the Lady Generals’ overall season will progress.
“This is a very good group of players,” he said.
Notes: The Lady Generals were slated to host Technical Career Institute last night at Paul Gerry Fieldhouse.
After two away games following the Thanksgiving break, SCCC will return home to face Kingsborough Community College in a Region XV game at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 2.