ACCC women claim win in home opener

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Driving to the basket and leaving Missouri Valley College junior varsity defenders in her wake is Allen County Community College freshman Lacey Thomas (23). Thomas and the Red Devils pushed past the visiting Missouri Valley team 74-59 in their home opener Tuesday.

Andy Hamilton’s expectations for his basketball team made the 15-point win Tuesday a little below his standards.
“We played great over the weekend. This was an uninspired effort by our players. They know it and I know it,” said Hamilton, Allen County Community College women’s basketball head coach.
The Red Devils had a slow start but led by as many as 26 points in the second half in their home opener Tuesday. Allen County defeated the Missouri Valley College junior varsity, 74-59.
Missouri Valley, which is in Marshall, Mo., led for most of the first half. The Red Devils took control late in the half and never looked back.
“Unfortunately, I think our kids were looking past tonight to Friday night. They’re excited about the 18th-ranked team in the nation, Northern Oklahoma College-Enid, coming in here Friday,” Hamilton said.
“This was their first game in front of a home crowd. So I guess we can say we got through this one and now we have to get after it again.”
Allen County hosts the 2009 Citizens Bank Classic, formerly the Red Devil Classic, Friday and Saturday. The Red Devils take on NOC-Enid at 6 p.m. Friday then play Cottey College at
6 p.m. Saturday.
“We’re 3-1 and that’s good. This team is quicker than last year’s team and we’re more athletic and can score points.”
Missouri Valley’s JV found that out. It was up 9-3 before the Allen County freshmen came up with three straight baskets.
Jazmynn Johnson scored inside then Breanna Shaw had back-to-back baskets to tie the game. The Red Devils have just one sophomore on the roster this season.
Missouri Valley took the lead again and was up 23-19. Lacey Thomas scored for ACCC then the Red Devils forced a turnover by Missouri Valley.
Dysyan Malone’s two free throws tied the game at 23-23 with 4:55 left in the first half. Two more free throws by Johnson put the Red Devils up for good.
Allen County went on an 11- 4 run to finish out the first half. It led 36-27 at halftime.
The Red Devils established themselves quickly after intermission. Malone scored twice and Aeriss McNeese had a basket. A three-point field goal by Shaw pushed ACCC’s lead to 45-27 at the 16:50 mark.
Allen County’s largest lead was a 26-point spread, 65-39, with 9:13 left in the game.
Allen County’s lone sophomore is Jennifer House.
“Just 48 hours ago, she was still playing volleyball for Allen. It was good to get her in and knock off some of the rust,” Hamilton said. “Jennifer will catch up and give us the leadership and play we need from her.”
Allen County shot 44 percent, 27 of 61, from the field and hit 19 of 31 free throw attempts.
Shaw fired in 19 points and had three steals for ACCC. Malone had 12 points and eight rebounds while Johnson had 12 points and six rebounds. Maurissa Shaffer scored 11 points.
Hamilton said he was not pleased with 26 turnovers by the Red Devils. Allen County had 14 steals.
The Red Devils held a 49 to 41 rebounding edge. Missouri Valley had 27 turnovers.
Faith Raulie and Dalyn Collins, both working inside, scored 12 points each for Missouri Valley. Missouri Valley was 19 of 64, 30 percent, from the field and sank 17 of 24 free throw tries.
“We’re freshmen and we’re going to have these games. We have a lot to learn. We just weren’t consistent enough on our effort or our play tonight,” Hamilton said.
“Give credit to Missouri Valley’s junior varsity. They continued to play right to the end and battle us hard.”
Allen County (36-39—74) (FG/3-pt): Clark 0-4-1-4, Atchison 0-1-0-1, Shaw 7/1-2-2-19, Shaffer 4-3-3-11, Mock 0-0-1-0, Malone 4-4-1-12, Thomas 4-1-3-9, McNeese 3-0-1-6, House 0-0-2-0, Johnson 4-4-3-12. TOTALS: 26/1-19-17-74.
Missouri Valley JV (27-32—59) (Fg/3-pt); Sooter 0/1-0-3, Brundage 1-3-4-5, Lovelace 0-0-1-0, McGhee 1-1-1-3, Gillespie 2/1-0-3-7, Blair 1/1-0-0-5, Baker 0-2-3-2, Raulie 3/1-3-3-12, Collins 4-4-2-12, Caldwell 1-1-3-3, Duckworth 2-3-4-7. TOTALS: 15/4-17-24-59.