Men, Women Split Games

Collin College Basketball
Photo by KIRK DICKEY

Collin College's basketball teams both went 1-1 in their last two games and are still in the hunt for playoff berths going into the final two weeks of regular season play. 

Collin's men are third in district behind nationally ranked Temple College (No. 6), and Ranger College, which is hovering just outside of the Top 25. A 70-61 win home over Hill College helped their case Feb. 6. 

The Cougars shot 19-50 from the field, with Hill playing tight throughout. Despite a comfortable lead going into the second half, the Rebels closed the gap midway through the final frame. Collin got some breathing room late and forced Hill to foul early. Collin shot 75 percent from the line to pad the lead and avoided costly turnovers down the stretch. 

Collin's top scorers were also its best free throw shooters in the game. Tajzmel Sherman led the team with 26 points and shot 10-12 from the stripe. Lamont Simmons put up 18 points total with 13-14 coming from the line. 

Collin lost its other game of the week, 75-62, to Ranger on the road. Sherman and Simmons were again the leading scorers, with 25 and 14 points respectively. Mason Hix followed with nine points. The team shot 39 percent from the field in the game. 

Collin's women snagged its seventh win of conference play with a 72-66 road win over Ranger. THe Lady Cougrars are just a couple of games out of first place in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference.

The Lady Cougars put their foot on the gas in the first quarter, going up 23-14 to create a margin the Lady Rangers couldn't match, despite a third quarter run. The Lady Cougars shot 48 percent from the floor and went 5-10 from behind the arc. Destiny Thurman led the team with 18 points, followed by Briana Marshall with 17 and Jalah Walton with 12. Thurman, Jordynn Hernandez and Shala Robinson each had three steals in the game. 

The Lady Cougars led much of the game in their 55-52 loss to Hill College, but fell after a third quarter surge by the Lady Rebels. Thurman again led the team in scoring with 15, followed by Walton with 11 and Lauren Stallworth with 8. Christina Baker had four steals and 10 rebounds in the game.