Basketball Teams Near End of Conference Play

Collin College's Denae Lofton shoots a three-pointer.
Photo by KIRK DICKEY

The Cougars and Lady Cougars are just a couple of games out of first place with their final regular season conference games next week. The men's and women's teams both defeated Temple College Feb. 13 and split games against McClennan Community College earlier in the week. 

The Lady Cougars are sitting in second place in the North Texas Junior College Athletics Conference on a 19-6 overall record with a 9-3 showing in conference play. They will face off against Grayson College (12-13, 7-4) at home, Feb. 18, and Weatherford (17-4, 8-3) on the road two days later. 

The Lady Cougars spread the ball around against McClennan with five players scoring double digits in 85-58 rout. Destiny Thurman led with 16, followed by Denae Lofton with 13, Jordynn Hernandez (12), Jalah Walton (11) and Christina Baker (10). Shala Robinson scored 9 and led in rebounds with 11. Briana Marshall also scored 9 and led in steals with 3. Overall, the team shot 49.2 percent from the field. 

Thurman and Hernandez each scored 21 points in the Lady Cougars' 81-68 win over Temple. Hernandez went 4-6 from behind the arc. The team continued to shoot well from the field with a 50.9 percent shooting percentage. 

Collin's Cougars (21-5, 7-4) are in third place in the NTJCAC, trailing Ranger College (No. 5 in the U.S.) and Temple College (22-4, 8-2). However, Collin improved its case by defeating the Coyotes at home Feb. 13. 

Tajzmel Sherman led the team with 30 points against Weatherford in the 83-74 win. Sherman is ranked second in the nation in scoring among National Junior College Athletic Association teams with 27.5 points per game. Lamont Simmons followed with 21 points. Nighel Ceaser contributed 16 points and two blocks. 

The Cougars fell 74-59 to McClennan Community College earlier in the week, shooting 38.6 from the floor in the game. Sherman again led in scoring with 16. He was followed by Tino Sebalj, who went 4-4 from three-point territory to add 12 points. Ikem Okeke-Oraeki rounded out the top scorers with 8 points.