Buzzer- beaten.

01/27/2011 10:01

Women lose at last second

Alan K. Fox

Issue date: 1/27/11 Section: Sports
Sophomore guard MaKenzie Ficek finished as the top scorer against Southwestern Oregon on Jan. 22.
Media Credit: Javier Magallanes
Sophomore guard MaKenzie Ficek finished as the top scorer against Southwestern Oregon on Jan. 22.

The second-ranked Lady Titans traveled to Coos Bay Jan. 22 to play the seventh-ranked Lakers of Southwestern Oregon and were able to overcome a 17-point second half deficit but fell short when SWOCC's Kelly Millager hit a buzzer-beater to give LCC it's first league loss, 66-64.

MaKenzie Ficek, who led the team in scoring with her 15 points, tied the game with 10 seconds left in the game when she hit a three-pointer.

"We didn't play the way we normally do and SWOCC played good defense and made it hard for us outside shooters to get open looks," Ficek said. "It felt good to hit the 3 at the end of the game, but didn't really matter since we played bad defense and let them score to win the game."

Before that the Lady Titans (14-3, 4-1 Southern Region) dug away at the 17 point lead that the Lakers had with 13 minutes remaining in the game.

The Lakers (13-4, 3-2) had trouble with the size inside, which once again proved to be a benefit for head coach Greg Sheley's team. Both Ashley Smith and Kristen Huff earned themselves double-doubles.

Smith, who leads the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges in scoring with 25 points a game, finished the game with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Huff finished the game with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

"I think as a team we learned that we have to go out every day and work our butts off," Smith said. "We aren't a good enough team to just think we are the best and go out there and not play like it."

Sheley voiced his disappointment with the team's performance.

"We struggled offensively to start the second half, but scored 2 points in first 8 minutes of the second half and found ourselves down 17," Sheley said.

"We had numerous opportunities to get the score closer or take the lead between the four minute and two minute mark of the second half but missed some easy scoring opportunities, and we needed to find a way to win that game."

The Lady Titans return to the court on Jan. 28 when they play Chemeketa in Salem, and then play host to Clackamas on Jan. 29 with a 4 p.m. tip-off.