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No. 1 JCCC throttles No. 13 KCKCC
 January 23, 2014

OVERLNAD PARK, Kan. – In a battle of top-15 women’s basketball teams Wednesday night at JCCC Gymnasium, the No. 1 ranked Johnson County Community College Lady Cavaliers posted a 33-point win over No. 13 ranked and cross-town rival Kansas City Kansas Community College, 99-67. The win improved JCCC to 20-0 overall, and extended the team’s home court winning streak to 46 games. KCK fell to 18-3 overall.

Six players scored in double figures for Johnson County, led by a game-high 24 by freshman Nieka Wheeler. Most of her damage was done at the free throw line, hitting 14-of-15. She was 5-of-8 from the field. Wheeler also had nine rebounds and three steals.

The free throw line and the glass is where JCCC really controlled this game. Johnson County made 12 more free throws than the Blue Devils attempted, going 37-for-46. The Lady Cavaliers also outrebounded KCK, 51-to-32.

“I thought we moved the ball around a little, rebounded well and were able to get out and run some,” JCCC head coach Ben Conrad said. “This team is not eve close to where I think it should be or where I want it to be, but last night was a step in the right direction. We can attack, execute and maintain an edge for 40 minutes, we’ll be very difficult to beat.”

Other key producers for JCCC were: Juanita Robinson (15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assist, 3 steals); Sameia Kendall (14 points, five assists, 3 steals); Timeka O’Neal (12 points, four rebounds); Kariel Hutt (10 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks); Taylor McDowell (10 points); Kelsey Barrett (9 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists) and Sandra Douvier (6 rebounds).

Janai Mitchell led the Blue Devils with 17 points and nine boards.

The Lady Cavaliers face Hesston College on the road on Saturday, Jan. 25, before hosting fifth ranked Highland Community College, Wednesday, Jan. 29.  It will be JCCC’s second test against a ranked opponent as the country’s No. 1 team.

“The rankings are fun for the team, fans and parents,” Conrad said. “I know my family enjoys them. But those rankings don’t mean anything to me other than a big target on your back, which we have anyway. We get everybody’s best, night-in and night-out.”

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