Women’s win over Triton highlights hoops week
The highs were few for Moraine Valley College basketball teams last week, but the Cyclones’ one success certainly was impressive.
Moraine’s female hoopsters collected it, and they did it in devastating fashion as the Cyclones steamrolled Triton College 87-38 last Thursday in Palos Hills. Moraine held its guests to 14 first-half points, which allowed the home team to construct an insurmountable 31-point advantage after 20 minutes.
Maggie Yandel was an all-around performer for the Cyclones as she totaled a team-best 27 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Jamilla Jones was an able accomplice for Yandel as she broke out of a recent slump by posting a double-double of 11 points and 17 rebounds.
Moraine also benefited from the return of Diamond Taylor after a five-game absence. Taylor matched Jones’ point output and Shavonne Lewis gave the Cyclones one more notable contributor with her eight points and four assists.
The College of DuPage was certainly no pushover for Moraine; in fact, the Chaps got the better of the Cyclones by a 63-60 score despite good outings from Yandel (22 points) and Katie McGann (12 points on four 3-point baskets).
Long-range shooting was a must for Moraine, which had to attack a COD zone defense the entire way. The Cyclones’ ranks were thinned a bit when Sandburg grad Sam Holler, their major 3-point threat, was idled by an injury.
In addition to McGann, Aileen Gorman picked up some of the slack created by Holler’s absence with a pair of 3s. Both of Gorman’s were supplied in the opening half and helped stake Moraine to a one-point lead at intermission.
The second half was equally close, as neither club ever led by more than five points. A few critical mental errors down the stretch undermined the Cyclones’ victory bid.
Danville Area Community College proved too tall an order for the Cyclones to handle last Saturday, as the locals absorbed a 90-56 setback.
Johnte Shannon popped in 26 points in a losing cause, while Moraine teammate Cameron Juillerat joined him in double figures with 11 points. Des’nique Harris chipped in eight points and six rebounds.