By Brodee Gillam
Through the first season under LCC Head Coach Layne Ingram, the 10-9 women's basketball squad has looked great at times.
The Stars lost at home to Ancilla College on Jan. 30, 84-73, but the women still played well. Sophomore forward Sarah Schultz was all over the place defensively, getting three steals and a block to go with her 20-point, 11-rebound double-double.
The rest of the Stars followed suit in that game by getting a lot of deflections, which led to 18 LCC steals and 22 Ancilla turnovers. It also helped get the women out in transition and score. The problem is this also caused the Stars to turn the ball over 27 times.
LCC goes into "NBA Jam"-like red hot stretches, like when sophomore guard Kelsey Finch scored 21 points in a quarter against Glen Oaks CC, but the consistency has been an issue. The Stars did beat Kellogg CC on their court on Jan. 27, 83-32, but that was expected against the 1-13 Bruins.
Now heading into the second half of the conference schedule, Ingram said he is confident this team can put together a lot of wins to end the season.
"It's like I told the kids; we could go 8-0 this time around and really we should," Ingram said. "It's going to be a matter of how hard they work, how much time they put in and if we show up and play our game.
"... I think this time around the teams that we lost to are going to see a different team."
LCC's run-and-gun playstyle fits the team perfectly, but when they are not getting the deflections or making shots, it has been hard for the team to grind out defensive stops this season.
Ingram said most of those defensive struggles come from opposing teams getting too many extra chances on offense.
"The biggest thing that kills us is offensive rebounds," Ingram said. "We are a smaller team but there's only two teams in our league that have really ... big kids. (We need) discipline on the defensive end to box out. (Finishing) the play by grabbing the rebound is going to be huge for us."