Chief nemesis strikes Cyclones down again
Once again, Moraine Valley College had to hail the Chiefs.
The Cyclones women have only lost two Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference basketball games this winter, but both losses were doled out by Waubonsee College. And by virtue of their 68-59 victory last Thursday, the Chiefs avoided giving up a share of first place to Moraine in the league standings.
This latest Waubonsee conquest had its roots in a 28-9 getaway for the Chiefs. An 11-4 run over the final five minutes of the first half brought the Cyclones within a dozen at the break, but Moraine never got closer than six after that. Waubonsee slammed the door on the Cyclones with some late free throws.
Four Moraine players tallied in double figures, with Nariman Jaber, Jamilla Jones and Katie McGann all registering 11 points and Maggie Yandel tossing in 10. Jones also grabbed 13 rebounds, while Jaber contributed 11 boards and six blocks in addition to her scoring.
Two days earlier, Yandel’s 22 points and four assists keyed a 78-64 ISCC win over the College of Lake County. Aileen Gorman (13 points, three assists), Shavonne Lewis (12 points, five steals) and Amber Hunter (16 rebounds) were other Cyclones headliners.
Moraine committed just six first-half turnovers while establishing a 44-32 lead for itself and was seriously challenged only once over the last 20 minutes. But after CLC sliced its deficit to four points, Gorman sank a 3-pointer to kick off a clinching 10-0 run for the Cyclones.
Megan Beckow (six rebounds) and Jaber (six blocks) were other principal figures for Moraine, which played without Jones and Colleen Kull, both of whom were nursing injuries. Jaber currently ranks fifth in National Junior College Athletic Association Division II in blocked shots.
The Cyclones were unable to pull out of their recent tailspin as they absorbed two more losses last week, both in ISCC encounters.
The week began with a gut-wrenching 59-58 setback to the College of Lake County on Tuesday. A dry spell late in the second half proved detrimental to Moraine, which had been in front through most of the opening half, including 28-22 at intermission.
Brett Kaiser paced the Cyclones with 24 points and six rebounds, while Cameron Juillerat (11 points) and Johnte Shannon (10 points, six steals, five assists) joined him in supplying Moraine with double-digit scoring. Also of note was Des’nique Harris, who pulled down 19 rebounds.
The second half was the Cyclones’ enemy again on Thursday, as Waubonsee College erased Moraine’s 26-22 halftime edge and pocketed a 65-50 triumph. A 17-0 surge by the Chiefs shortly after intermission laid the groundwork for their victory.
Shannon was the lone Cyclone in double figures as he finished with 11 points. He augmented his offense with four assists, four rebounds and three steals. Kaiser added nine points and four boards, and Kyle Ward totaled six points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals.