Written by Jamie Malloy
The MCC Women’s Basketball team had another fantastic year, posting a regular season record of 24 wins and 3 losses. They were led by freshman Lanay Rodney, 18.6 ppg. with Sierra Green and Erica Abitante averaging 13.6 and 10.0 ppg respectively. These ladies have stepped in to form the core this season, finishing with a Region III championship, and punching their ticket to the 2017 NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament.
March 4, MCC took on the Genesee Community College Cougars in the semifinals and won handedly with a final score 89-44. Freshman Lanay Rodney led the Tribunes with 18 points, followed by Sierra Green with 17 points, and Shalix Hynes with 14. Norvonee Hall scored 13 points for GCC in losing effort. With the win, MCC moved onto the finals to play Niagara County the next day.
March 5, the Lady Tribunes faced a stiff challenge from 2nd seeded Niagara County but came out on top 80-68. Lanay Rodney was the leading scorer for the Tribunes, racking up 19 points demonstrating her prowess as one of the best female basketball players in the country. Sierra Green also had another stellar game scoring 17 points and has been a great compliment to Lanay all season long.
Catie Broderick, known more for her work on the soccer field, caught some attention in the championship game pulling in 8 rebounds and forcing a steal which led to a putback by Lanay Rodney. With the victory, the Lady Tribunes captured the Region 3 Championship and earned the right to compete in this year’s NJCAA Tournament in Harrison, Arkansas.
The Lady Tribunes wrapped their season up with a 66-57 victory over Kankakee Community College to secure a third place finish in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. The offensive attack was led by Sierra Green’s 13 points and Lanay Rodney contributed heavily by hauling in 9 rebounds in the win. Lanay Rodney and Shalix Hines were named to the All-Tournament Team. The Lady Tribunes ended the season with a 29-4 record, a tremendous year by any measure.