Cougars Get 10th Win
December 9, 2013
Cougar Basketball is well on its way to its first 20 win season. The team won its 10th game Saturday at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, VA, 87-74 to go to 10-3 on the year. Although the final difference was just 13 points, the result was apparent from the tip. The Cougars are working well together and are raising their own expectations.
This was the first meeting between the two colleges. Virginia Western Blue Stars will enter the Tar Heel Conference of the NJCAA, Region X next year. They will visit Sanford on Jan. 4 for the return game at 3 p.m. Several community colleges in Virginia are leaving their state conference and joining the National Junior College Athletic Association, NJCAA, so the Tar Heel Conference may be expanding north in the coming seasons. Wytheville Community College is in its 4th season with the conference. Expansion into Virginia will help the conference schedule and increase the Conference’s stature nationally.
With the great start, Coach Connor was able play his entire team. Jenaro Harris (Cox Mill) was the leading scorer for the Cougars with 17 and is starting to settle into his role at the point. Julian Bailey (Cape Fear) again led the team on the boards with 16 rebounds and recorded another double-double with 10 pts. Josh Lee, Cougar’s leading scorer, was held to just 8 pts. on the day, while sharing playing time with several reserves.
Harris hit several 3 pt. shots to open the game and Billy Brunson (Hoke) hit all three 3’s he shot for his 9 for the game. Chris Kelly (Cape Fear) finally broke out of his slump and put up 10 and Deinzel Greene (CPCC) chipped in 7. Shawn McGee (Enloe) held the Blue Star’s leading scorer in check with a lock-down defensive effort and put in 6 pts. himself. Kalon Buchanan (Hopewell) had another huge night with 5 blocked shots for the second straight game.
The game atmosphere was great with a large partisan crowd hoping for a victory for the Blue Stars. The 13 pt. final margin was the closest they have been to any NJCAA foe this season. They have previous losses to Sandhills and Davidson County, by 40 and 80, respectively. Coach Connor did not want to make enemies with a future conference member so he played all 13 and gave minutes to some deserving players. Again, this was a team win for the Cougars and that how this team has played this year.
CCCC will have a break for semester finals and will be in action next at Wake Tech in their Christmas tournament where the Cougars will face Catawba Valley and Wake Tech on Dec. 20 and 21. The Cougars are starting to feel like this is going to be a special year.
Cougars Sign Two for 2014 Volleyball
December 5, 2013
SANFORD - Central Carolina Community College's volleyball program signed two new Lady Cougars on Monday afternoon as Hunter Riggins, of Southern Lee, and Payton Kelly, of Overhills, made the paperwork official inside the college's student center.
Riggins, a setter for the Lady Cavaliers, will play the same position for the Lady Cougars said CCCC head coach Bill Carter.
"I saw Hunter play versus Lee (County) and was very impressed with how she plays," Carter said.
"She's going to give us depth, as we have a sophomore setter returning. She's a very talented player, so we're excited about that," he said.
Riggins was on the Southern Lee team in 2012 which won the Cape Fear Valley Conference season title, the program's first conference title, and reached the state tournament. This year's Lady Cavalier team went 10-8 overall and made the NCHSAA 3A State Tournament again.
Carter has coached Kelly on the club level. Kelly is a 6-foot-1 middle hitter/blocker and her play at and above the net is something Central Carolina, which was in its first season rejuvenating its volleyball program this fall after a one-year absence, needs to improve.
"Payton's a very strong middle hitter," Carter said, "and we'll need her strengths blocking and hitting."
The whole Lady Cougar roster this past season, in which CCCC won two matches, was freshmen, so all will be eligible to be back next season.
Carter expects to put together a spring season, with workouts and a few matches, then to have the team work through the summer.
"We expect to get quite a few wins and compete for a conference championship next year," he said.
Sanford Herald, Nov. 6, 2013
Cougars Defeat Tar Heels at Chapel Hill
December 5, 2013
Central Carolina Community College Cougars soared high Nov. 17 in a spectacular 81-68 win over UNC-Chapel Hill’s Tar Heel JV team in the university’s Smith Center.
The Cougars grabbed 41 rebounds, the hallmark of the team’s outstanding defensive play.
Julian Bailey, out of Cape Fear High School, led the team with 15 rebounds and 10 points. Eleven of his rebounds were on the defensive end, hammering at the scoring output of the Tar Heels.
Josh Lee, out of Southern Lee, led all the scorers from both teams with 23 in the net. His ability to fly down the court resulted in several layups off of turnovers and steals. Josh’s impressive acrobatic moves, as well as a long-range 3-point shot, stopped a Tar Heel rally.
V. Diamond Gibbs, out of Westover High, scored 12 points. His powerful plays at center solidified the defense and opened the court on offense. Gibbs has had two excellent games in row and is impressing coaches and fans with what he can do for the Cougar squad.
The Cougar’s high-powered excellence in offense and defense was a team effort of all 14 players. Coach Doug Connor kept the team focused, reminding them that the Tar Heels would come back strong the second they eased up.
The Cougars have been playing the Tar Heel JV for 15 years, with just a few wins to show for their effort, so Sunday’s win was very sweet. After the game, UNC JV Coach Hubert Davis said he was very impressed with the power of the Cougar play and with Connor’s coaching.
The Cougars stayed for the UNC varsity game against Belmont Abbey, which did not end well for the Tar Heels either. The court was not kind to the home team that night, and the Cougars loved being a part of it.
For more information about sports at CCCC, visit www.cccc.edu/sports.
Cougars Extend record to 9-2
December 5, 2013
The Central Carolina Cougars extended their current win streak to 4 games and have a 9-2 record after the first game back from the Thanksgiving Holidays. The Cougars blew-out the Trojans of Mt. Olive College JV, 106-53.
Despite having four key players sitting out due to violations of team rules, the Cougars had a balanced scoring attack led by Josh Lee (Southern Lee) with 24, followed by Shawn McGee (Enloe) and Jenaro Harris (Cox Mill) with 14 pts., Billy Brunson (Hoke) with 12, Julian Bailey (Cape Fear) with 11 and Odarius Mills (Chester, SC) with 10. Lee, Brunson and Harris were hot from behind the arc and Bailey and V. Diamond Gibbs(Westover) pulling down 12 rebounds each. Coach Connor ran subs in every four minutes in teams of five to get the balance and to prepare the team for the tough game on Thurs. when the Cougars host Southside Virginia Community College.
This was a true team victory with several players taking on new and expanded roles. Harris has moved to point from the shooting guard that has created a great backcourt combo with Lee. Shawn McGee has become the primary backup at guard, and Gibbs has nailed down the center position with his ever improving post play. Harris leads the team in Assists and 3 pt. percentage, Lee continues to lead all Cougars in scoring, and Bailey leads the Tarheel Conference in rebounding.
Cougars last home game before the semester break is Thurs., Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. A win will mark the first time a Cougar team has won 10 games in the first half of the season. The team will play three more games away before the break at Western Virginia and the Wake Tech Christmas Classic.