Lady Chargers head for National Finals

Ancilla's LaRae Roscoe was tournament MVP
Rusty Nixon
Sports Editor

Ancilla College won its first women’s basketball regional Saturday when it defeated Lake Michigan College 67-64, in the championship of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 12, District G. The Lady Chargers (25-5) will advance to the national tournament in Arkansas.
The win was as tense as the score indicates.
“It was a great game,” said Ancilla coach Tom Robbins. “The fans I’m sure loved it but it was one of those games where coaches - well, we had a 19 point lead at one point and we won by three so that should say it.”
The Lady Charger depth played a huge role.
“We play ten kids in a regular rotation and they played six,” said Ancilla coach Tom Robbins. “I really think that’s the big reason we were able to survive their run and win this game. We’ve had 10 different leading scorers this year. Every team has it’s cliques but in this case they all truly want to see each other succeed. Our chemistry as a team is huge for what we’ve been able to do and our versatility.”
Versatility was the name of the win as the Chargers took advantage of point guard LaRae Roscoe’s skills but also the skills of their “bigs” in particular Brynda Krueger who had 19 points and keyed the Ancilla run that would hold the lead and key the win.
“(Lake Michigan) runs that 2-3 walk up zone,” said Robbins. “We were able to get Brenda the ball and she had a lot of success driving it from the high post and then finishing however over whoever. I imagine she had most of her 19 in that late third quarter, early fourth that pushed us to the win.”
“Karson Williams is a match up problem because you have to guard her with a post and she shoots the three as anybody we have. She (Daniels) isn’t quite the shooter the other two are but she presents you a whole different set of problems in the paint. Those girls versatility gives us a good boost.”
LaRae Roscoe also had a big part and was rewarded at the end of the tournament.
“You aren’t supposed to be able to do this with a 2-3 zone but we went to a one around four and just let her drive on their two guards,” said Robbins. “All year she’s given people fits. We really haven’t seen any team that can consistently contain her.”
Roscoe was named the tournament MVP and led Ancilla with 20 points, five assists and three steals. Brynda Krueger and Quaynika Merriweather were named to the all-tournament team. Krueger finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Donshae Daniels had 10 rebounds.
“There is a real historic sense of this win for us,” said Robbins. “We won 25 games, the first ever berth for our basketball program in the national tournament. We’re just waiting for the seeding to come out.”
At Port Huron, MI
Ancilla 9 30 55 67
Lake Michigan 9 24 41 64
ANCILLA (67): Donshae Daniels 1-6 1-2 3, Karson Williams 1-8 1-2 3, Brynda Krueger 7-18 3-4 19, Alyssa Williams 0-3 1-2 1, LaRae Roscoe 8-22 4-6 20, Khalilah Abdullah 1-7 0-0 2, Quaynik Merriweather 4-6 0-0, Hannah Stolte 3-7 0-0 8, Jaden Conard 1-3 0-0 2. TOTALS: 26-80 10-16 67
Lake Michigan (64): Monae Palmer 3-7 2-4 9, Raasheedah Harris 2-2 0-0 4, Emily Atsinger 5-16 8-11 19, Jade Moser 8-18 0-1 16, Mariah Mireles 3-13 1-4 8, Brooke Becker 3-7 2-4 9, Danielle Shaffer 0-10-0 0. TOTALS: 24-64 13-22 64.
Score by Quarter
Three-point baskets: AC 5-24 (K. Williams 0-6, Roscoe 0-4, Krueger 2-3, Merriweather 1-3, Stolte 2-3, A. Williams 0-1, Abdullah 0-4), LMC 3-10 (Atsinger 1-4, Mosler 0-2, Palmer 1-1, Mireles 1-3) Fouls: (Fouled out): AC 17 (none), LMC 16 (Palmer) Records: Ancilla 25-5, Lake Michigan 22-9.