By Rob Potter
LOCH SHELDRAKE December 5, 2006 The Sullivan County Community College Lady Generals fell behind early in their Saturday afternoon National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XV game versus the visiting Kingsborough Community College Lady Waves at Paul Gerry Fieldhouse.
But SCCC quickly overcame its early 7-0 deficit.
Sophomore guard Pamela Graddick scored a basket at the 15:04 mark to give the Lady Generals an 8-7 lead.
A layup by Kingsborough’s Ansonia Grant about 40 seconds later gave her team a 9-8 advantage.
That lead did not last too long, however, as SCCC’s Victoria Carter swished a pair of free throws to give the Lady Generals a 10-9 lead with 14:08 remaining in the opening half.
SCCC then gradually extended its advantage as the contest continued to record a 68-36 victory.
The Lady Generals improved to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in Region XV competition. Kingsborough CC dropped to 1-5 overall and 1-2 Region XV.
SCCC used some outstanding shooting to post its 32-point win. From inside the 3-point arc, the Lady Generals were 29-of-60 (48 percent). In addition, the team was 8-of-10 (80 percent) at the free-throw line.
Pacing the SCCC offensive attack was sophomore guard Shauna Murry. She recorded a double-double with a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds. Murry also dished out four assists.
Also scoring in double figures for the Lady Generals were Graddick, who had 17 points, and point guard LaShaun Malcolm, who recorded 10 points. Graddick had a team-best eight assists and Malcolm grabbed eight rebounds.
Carter finished with eight points and seven rebounds, while teammate Sharon Darling had 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.
SCCC Coach Paul Clune was happy with the way his team responded after falling behind early. He noted that the team’s three-quarter court press defense caused some turnovers and steals in the second half which led to easy baskets. Two of the players who often scored those hoops were Graddick and Murry.
“LaShaun did a great job from the point guard position and got some rebounds to get us going [downcourt],” Clune said. “And Pam and Shauna really look to each other to make a pass and finish [the fast break].”
Leading the Lady Waves’ offense were Grant and Kirra Neil. Grant had a team-high 12 points, while Neil added 11 points.
Kingsborough Coach Rueben McLaughlin said that his team is currently battling some injury problems, but he also praised the Lady Generals’ performance.
“Sullivan is a good team and they are well-coached,” he said. “We will regroup and maybe we’ll see them again in the Regional tournament at the end of the season.”