Basketball Teams Sprint to 2020-21 Season’s End

Collin College basketball
Photos by KIRK DICKEY

Collin College basketball's 2020-21 season is racing toward its end with games every few days, all at home on the Plano Campus (Spring Creek). Recent games have been a mixed bag for the Cougars and Lady Cougars, but both could still make a regional tournament appearance with a few more wins.

The men's team started off the week with a 77-72 loss to McLennan Community College, with the Highlanders outscoring the Cougars by 11 points in the second half on the road.

Collin played outside much of the night and took 37 shots from three-point land, the most in a game this year. Antoine Smith, the team's leading scorer with 24 points, sank six from beyond the arc. C.J. Washington and Orion Virden each followed with three threes, and were second and third in scoring, with 12 and 11 points respectively.

The Cougars will have a chance at revenge when they play at home March 17.

The Cougars got back onto the winning side of the score sheet two days later with a 58-56 comeback win against Southwestern Christian College. Collin came out cold in the first half, putting up only 20 points and giving up 32.

The team was able to spread the ball around in the second half. While one player usually takes over in a game, this time the team had a fairly even scoring distribution. Trazarien White led with 13 points, but Kadar Waller, Washington, and Smith all had 11 points.

The Cougars were back to a more familiar form in their 93-84 win over Temple College, jumping out to a commanding first half lead and holding off their opponents to secure the win. The team had a better shooting percentage at 49 percent than it did in the two previous games, both of which hovered in the high 30s. 

Virden led the team with 24 points, followed by Smith with 15 points and White with 13.

The Cougars picked up a 74-64 win against Weatherford College, March 13. White took over the game with 24 points and three steals. Virden scored all 15 of his points from behind the three-point line to come in second in scoring. He was followed by Daylen Minor, who had 9 points.

White put up 39 points against Grayson College on the road, March 15, but Collin ultimately gave up a 105-83 loss to the Vikings. He was also the team's leading rebounder with 10 of the team's 38 total boards.

The loss knocked Collin College out of the No. 1 spot in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference, but the Cougars will host Grayson College on Monday, March 22 and hope to pull back into the top spot. The Cougars have beaten three of their remaining five opponents on the road and have home court advantage over the next two weeks.  

The Lady Cougars split their games with three wins and two losses, and celebrated the naming of Skye Dugan as Region V Player of the Week for Feb. 28-March 6.

Collin came out of a double overtime with a 107-103 win against McLennan Community College. Scoring 20 points in each quarter, the Lady Cougars forced OT after being down by four points going into the final frame. The teams battled to another draw in the first overtime, but Collin got the edge in the second.

Tamia Miller had 24 points, followed by Dugan with 23, and Haley Jones with 21. The team shot a respectable 40 percent from the field and sank 27-35 free throws when it mattered.

Jazlin Jones put up 17 points and one block to lead the Lady Cougars in their 56-43 win over Southwestern Christian College. She was followed by Haley with 11 points, and Dugan with 8.

Collin took its first loss of the week against Temple College, falling 96-87 despite scoring 35 points in the final frame to try and make up lost ground. Dugan led scoring with 29 points, followed by Jazlin with 16 points and Peyton Rush with 15.

Collin started out cold in the first and third quarters of its 81-59 loss to Weatherford. Haley led scoring with 16 points, followed by Rush and Dugan with 11 and 10 points respectively.

The Lady Cougars fell 82-61 to Grayson College on March 15.

As with the men's team, Collin College's women have five opponents remaining in the season, all of whom will be hosted at the Plano Campus.