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Lady Texans fall short despite strong performance

The South Plains College women’s basketball team fell short in the third round of the NJCAA Division I National Championship tournament despite strong play in the first two games.

The No. 10-ranked Lady Texans matched up against the No. 2-ranked Gulf Coast State College in the Elite-Eight round of the NJCAA National Tournament held on March 21 at the Rip Griffin Center on the campus of Lubbock Christian University.

0Q6A8018“I’ve said all year that I thought we were two of the best teams in the country,” said Cayla Petree, head women’s basketball coach at SPC, at the post-game press conference. “They’re a team full of Division I players, and they have maybe the best coach in junior college basketball, so this game was nothing less than expected.”

Sophomore Keke Hunter drew a foul on the offensive end from Gulf Coast’s Dominique Banks, then knocked down both free throws to put SPC up by one (66-65) with 1:34 left on the clock. Gulf Coast answered with two free throws after a foul by freshman Sarah Shematsi, bringing Gulf Coast back up by one at 67-66 with 1:17 remaining.

The next minute remained scoreless until Gulf Coast’s Farcy Lya hit a free throw after a foul by freshman Caroline Germond with 12 seconds left on the clock. Sophomore Gabbie Green drove down the court as the clock was ticking down and shot a last-ditch three-point attempt that fell short with only two seconds left on the clock.

Hunter led the scoring for SPC, recording a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Hunter was 7-for-16 from the floor and 3-for-5 from the free-throw line. Green had 14 points in her final game as a Lady Texan, hitting six of her 15 shots from the field, including 2-for-5 from three-point range. Green also recorded four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

“I could not be more proud of every player on our team’s effort,” said Petree. “There wasn’t a lot left out there. It was a one-possession game. One little ‘my bad’ over the course of 40 minutes determined a battle between two really good teams.”

Shematsi scored 11 points on 4-for-12 shooting from the field, including 3-for-9 from the three-point line. Freshman Ruth Koang contributed seven points, knocking down two of her six shots from the field and going 3-for-4 at the free throw line.

Germond and Oceane Robin each had six points. Germond was 2-for-8 from the field,IMG_0409 hitting two three-pointers, while Robin went 3-for-7 from the field and had two rebounds.

The Lady Texans shot 36.6 percent from the field and 27.6 percent from beyond the three-point arch.

SPC topped Seward County Community College 87-61 in the second round of the NJCAA National Tournament on March 20 at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock.

   Shematsi led the scoring for the Lady Texans with 28 points, knocking down 11 of her 20 attempts from the floor. She also was 4-for-7 from behind the three-point arch, and pulled down three rebounds. Hunter recorded a double-double with 20 points and 16 rebounds in her 29 minutes on the hardwood.

Govan and Germond poured in eight points each. Govan shot 3-for-6 from the field, including 2-for-4 from the three-point line. Germond also shot 3-for-6 from the field, including 2-for-4 from behind the three-point arc.

Koang grabbed eight points on 4-for-9 shooting from the field. Green scored six points, hitting two shots from the field. She also grabbed 13 rebounds and six assists. Robin had seven points on 3-for-5 shooting from the field and shot 50 percent from the three-point line.

SPC shot 46.7 percent from the floor and 40.9 percent from behind the three-point arch. The Lady Texans also out rebounded the Lady Saints 51-25.

SPC routed Harford Community College 77-52 in the first round of the NJCAA National Tournament on March 18 at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock.

Hunter and Germond led the scoring for the Lady Texans. Hunter recorded a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 6-for-11 from the floor. Germond shot 7-for-13 from the field and was 4-for-8 from the three-point line, finishing with 19 points as well.

Shematsi poured in 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting from the field and was 3-for-8 from behind the three-point arc. Green added nine points, hitting three shots from the field, including one three-pointer.

Govan had seven points and five rebounds on 2-for-6 shooting from the field. She also was 3-of-5 at the free-throw line.

SPC shot 38.2 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from beyond three-point arch.

The Lady Texans competed in the NJCAA Region V tournament on March 6 – March 9 on the campus of Abilene Christian University.

SPC defeated Ranger College 50-44 in the first game of the Region V tournament on March 6. Hunter and Shematsi paced the Lady Texans with 21 points and 14 points, respectively.

The Lady Texans later fell to Odessa College in their second game of the tournament. Green led the scoring with 19 points, while Hunter was close behind with 18 points.

Texans make Final Four appearance at NJCAA National Championship

After capturing a national title a year ago, the South Plains College men’s basketball team advanced to the 2019 NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament, but fell short after reaching the final four.

The second-seeded Texans fell to No. 3 seed Vincennes State College (Indiana) 85-67 in a semifinal game of the NJCAA tournament.

The NJCAA tournament was held on March 18 – March 23 in Hutchinson, Kansas.

SPC didn’t allow the Trailblazers to secure much of a lead for the majority of the first half, controlling Vincennes’ lead to within one or two possessions until the final four minutes. The Trailblazers utilized a 13-7 run in a four-minute span to widen the gap to 38-31 by the end of the first half.   

The Texans re-gained some ground at the beginning of the second half, tying the game at 47 after two made free throws from sophomore Deon Barett with 14:32 on the clock. Vincennes then went on an 11-1 run in the next two minutes to take a 10-point lead at 58-48.

Despite the Texans’ best efforts, the Trailblazers continued to tack on points, increasing the deficit through the remainder of the second half.

Sophomore Gaige Prim led the scoring for the Texans, recording a double-double with 29 points and 15 rebounds, despite having to return to the bench after picking up his fourth foul early in the second half. Prim shot 10-for-16 from the field, with nine of his points coming from the free-throw line.

Sophomore Chris Orlina poured in 14 points, knocking down four of his nine attempts from the floor. Barett added seven points, shooting 2-for-6 from the field, including one three-pointer. Sophomore Jonah Antonio chipped in six points on 2-for-7 shooting from the floor, hitting a pair of three-pointers

Redshirt-freshman Christian Wilson tossed in six points off of the bench, shooting 2-for-2 from the field and hit both of his free-throw attempts in his 13 minutes on the hardwood.

Despite shooting 43.8 percent from the floor, the Texans were out-rebounded 30-40 and had a 14-4 turnover margin.

SPC topped Eastern Florida State College 82-74 in the Elite-Eight round of the NJCAA tournament on March 21.

Orlina led all scorers with 23 points, shooting 6-for-10 from the field, including 2-of-4 from behind the three-point arch. Orlina also hit nine free-throws and pulled down six rebounds. Barett poured in 19 points on 6-for-13 shooting form the field, including 5-of-10 from behind the three-point arc.

Prim recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 4-for-6 from the floor and adding eight points from the free-throw line. Sophomore Trey Wade had nine points on 4-for-7 shooting.

Sophomore Koray Gilbert added seven points, while Antonio had five and sophomore Charles Jennings had three.

The Texans shot 49.1 percent from the field and 37 percent from the three-point arch. They also out-rebounded the Titans 37-26.

SPC knocked out Trinity Valley Community College 82-75 in the Sweet 16 round of the NJCAA tournament on March 19.

Prim and Wade led the scoring for the Texans. Prim poured in 22 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field. He also hit 10 free throws and grabbed nine rebounds. Wade shot 10-for-16 from the field, including one three-pointer, accumulating 22 points as well.

Barett recorded 15 points, shooting 4-for-9 from the field, including 3-for-7 from behind the three-point arc. Antonio added 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting from the field.

SPC shot 49.1 percent from the field and 35 percent from the three-point line.

The Texans competed in the NJCAA Region V tournament held on March 7 – March 9 at the Moody Coliseum in Abilene.

In the first round, SPC topped Temple College 87-79 on March 7. Wade recorded a career-high 31 points in the victory.

The Texans then defeated Ranger College 85-75 in the semifinals of the Region V tournament on March 8. Prim and Orlina paced SPC with 29 points and 18 points, respectively.

The Texans secured the Region V title after pushing past Odessa College 73-71 in the Finals on March 9. Prim led the scoring with 27 points, while Orlina wasn’t far behind with 20 points in the win.

Lady Texans earn No. 1 ranking in NJCAA poll

The South Plains College women’s basketball team has climbed to the top of the NJCAA Division I rankings, clinching the top spot for the first time in program history.

The Lady Texans had won 19 consecutive games prior to their Jan. 31 game at Midland College, sporting with a dazzling 22-1 record overall and a 7-0 record in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play.

The Lady Texans pushed their way past Odessa College with a 73-64 victory on Jan. 28 at Texan Dome.

IMG_9581.JPGSophomore Gabbie Green sparked the offensive attack with 22 points, making six of her 11 field goals and two three-pointers.

Freshman Sarah Shematsi was not far behind Green with 20 points. Shematsi went 7-for-17 from the field and was 6-for-11 from the three-point line.

Sophomore Keke Hunter chipped in 17 points, hitting four of her eight shots from the field and 9-of-11 shots from the charity stripe. She also led the team with 14 rebounds.

SPC came home with another win against Clarendon College, 81-46, on Jan. 24, making it their 18th consecutive victory.

Shematsi led the team in scoring with 12 points. Shematsi made 5-of-11 shots from the field and put in two 3-pointers.  Freshman Nyah Morris chipped in 11 points off the bench, on 4-of-10 shooting and 3-of-9 shooting from behind the three-point arch.

Hunter also scored 11 points on 3-of-7 shooting and making five of her six shots from the charity stripe. Hunter led the Lady Texans in rebounding, grabbing 11. Sophomore Chantel Govan contributed 11 points as well, making all four of the shots from the field,  going a 3-for-3 from the three-point line.

SPC crushed Western Texas College, 101-45, on Jan. 17 at the Coliseum in Snyder, Texas.

Freshman Ruth Koang paced the Lady Texans with 21 points off the bench, making seven of her 10 shots from the field and seven of her nine free-throw shots. She also led the team in rebounds with 12.

Morris also came off the bench to pour in a careerhigh 20 points, hitting of her nine six shots from the field in 27 minutes. She also made six of nine three-point shots and two of her four free-throw shots.

Green added 17 points, hitting six of her 11 shots from the field and all four of her free throw shots. Green also had five assists, four steals, and two rebounds.IMG_9626

In a showdown between two nationally-ranked teams, the then-fifth-ranked Lady Texans topped then-third-ranked New Mexico Junior College, 66-51, on Jan. 14 at Texan Dome.

Shematsi led SPC with 20 points, hitting seven of her 12 shots from the field, including six 3-pointers. She also had eight rebounds and three assists.

Green was close behind with 16 points, making six of her 15 shots from the field and four of her six shots from the free-throw line. Green also got four rebounds and had three assists.

Freshman Caroline Germond followed Green with 13 points, making 5-of-7 shots from the field and three of her four three-point shots. Germond also grabbed five rebounds and had three assists.

SPC resumed WJCAC action with a 72-49 victory against Howard College on Jan. 7 at Texan Dome.

Germond and Green led the Lady Texans in scoring, Germond tossed in 10 points, hitting four of her six shots from the field, and went 2-for-3 from the three-point line. She also had five steals and two assists. Green had a team-high 22 points, going 10-for-11 from the field.

Romola Dominguez and Morris came off the bench to score in double figures, with Dominguez dropping in 11 points, making four of her seven shots from the field, including three 3-pointers. She also led the team with five rebounds. Morris contributed 12 points, hitting four of her eight shots from the field, including four 3-pointers.

Jemaiyo captures NJCAA Half Marathon National Championship

The South Plains College men’s and women’s cross country teams placed in the top 10 at the 2018 NJCAA Cross Country National Championships.

The meet was held at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas, on Nov. 10.

The Lady Texans placed fifth with a total of 207 points and an average time of 20:28. Freshman Gladys Jemaiyo placed second in the women’s 5-kilometer race, finishing with a time of 18:43. Freshman Dorcus Ewoi finished 16th with a time of 19:45.3, while Angela Rodriguez finished 38th and earned All-American honors for her effort.

Erik Vance, head track and field coach at SPC, said, “I thought the women’s team performed great at the Cross Country Championships.”

Iowa Central won the women’s division with 45 points. El Paso Community College placed second with 70 points, followed by Southern Idaho with 100 points and Cowley County with 138 points.

The Texans finished ninth with 239 points and an average time of 27:30. Sophomore Filmon Beyene placed sixth with a time of 26:02.2 in the men’s 8-kilometer race. Sophomore Andrew Bosquez finished 13th with a time of 26:29.5, while sophomore Jesse Madrid finished 38th with a time of 27:27.7.

Alex Kitum finished 146th with a time of 29:38.8 and Ulises Cardoza finished 159th with a time of 29:50.7.

“On the men’s side, we had some stellar performances,” said Vance.

Texans take home NJCAA

It came down to the last event on the last day. But that was just fine with the South Plains College men’s Track and field team.

With Barton County (Kan.) ahead of SPC by two points in the team standings going into the last race of the 2018 NJCAA Indoor National Track and Field Championships, Montel Hood ran the anchor leg for the Texans in the men’s 4×400 relay. Hood barreled down the final stretch and helped SPC place second with a time of 3:09.56, two spots ahead of Barton County, and push ahead 94-92.

That was just enough for SPC to capture the national championship, the sixth national indoor title in the program’s history.

It is great to win the indoor championships for the first time since 2015,” said Erik Vance, head track coach at SPC. “I feel like we have been close a couple times. So to be able to close it out and win was a relief.  The group of kids we have really trained well over the break and showed the urgency required to have a successful indoor season.”

The two-day competition was held March 2 – March 3 at the Sports Performance Center on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

In the 4×800 relay, Felix Kosgei, Ulises Cardoza, Ian Gonzales, and Dekaryea Freeman placed third with a time of 7:44.17, earning five points for SPC. In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, William Watson and Mason Weh placed third and fourth, respectively. Watson posted a time of 7.88, and Weh posted a time of 7.91. The two combined to add nine points for the Texans.

In the men’s heptathlon, freshman Asani Hylton placed third with 5,326, points and sophomore Patrick Johnson placed fifth with 5,058 points. The two added 10 points for SPC.track

In the men’s triple jump, freshman Holland Martin earned national champion honors and set a new personal best with a jump of 52 feet, 8.25 inches. Martin added 10 more points for the Texans in the team standings.

In the men’s 60-meter dash, Keion Sutton placed third overall with a time of 6.73 and added six more points for SPC.

In the men’s 600 meters, Hood set a time of 1:18.14, placing fourth overall and adding five points. Sophomore Junior Charles placed third and earned six points in the men’s 400 meters with a time of 46.57. Freeman placed third in the men’s 800 meters with a time of 1:55:75, adding six points and setting up the Texans for a run at first place in the team standings.

The big key for us was athletes stepping up in areas where we weren’t expecting big points,” said Vance. “Keion Sutton stepping up for third in the 60-meter race was a big one for us, and Holland Martin winning the triple jump from the first flight was huge.

The Lady Texans placed second behind New Mexico Junior College, after Ashley Hughes, Patrice Moody, Agnes Abrocquah, and Natassha McDonald placed second in the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 3:43.30.

Freshman Ruth Usoro won a national championship and set a SPC record for the women’s triple jump, setting a mark of 42 feet, 8.25 inches. Usoro placed second in the long jump with a mark of 19 feet, 3.4 inches.

In the women’s 60-meter hurdles, Moody placed fourth overall with a time of 8.68, adding five points for SPC.

In the women’s 600 meters, freshman Janiel Moore added four points for the Lady Texans after placing fifth with a time of 1:35.13.

Seselia Dala and Leslie Romero competed in the women’s mile run and collected nine points for SPC. Dala placed third with a time of 5:13.89, and Romero placed sixth with a time of 5:16.26.

In the women’s 400 meters, McDonald placed sixth with a time of 55.40, and Abrocquah finished seventh with a time of 55.59. The two added a total of 5 points for the Lady Texans.

Across the board, you could tell both the men and women were locked in and ready to compete,” Vance said. “They did a great job doing exactly what they were supposed to do, and we are excited to carry that over to the outdoor season.