Strong Chemistry Carries Lady Vikings Through Tumultuous Season
(Photo: Amanda M. Gordon) Graduating Lady Vikings bid farewell to WCC Athletics.
For four WCC sophomores playing their final home game, the results of the season were far more important than the outcome of a game as Thursday night in Viking Gymnasium represented a celebration of a job well done.
After three years without a team, WCC will complete a full slate of games during their first season back on Saturday when the Vikings travel to Nassau Community College. For one last night on the home court on Thursday, WCC saluted its graduating class for putting in the effort, and displaying the perseverance to set up what promises to be a successful future for Women’s Basketball in Valhalla.
Before WCC took to the court and lost to Monroe-Bronx, 58-39, WCC honored Gisselle Mora, Dhamar Sarmiento, Jada Crump, and Alexandria Knight for all they have done to get Women’s Basketball back on the floor for Westchester CC.
And for 40 minutes, the Vikings did as they have done all season, they battled every step of the way, outscoring an opponent during the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, a hot-shooting Monroe-Bronx team proved to be too much, but the effort was certainly there.
Shanaya Jones led WCC with nine points, all of which came during the second half, while Knight and Paige Collins scored eight points apiece. During her final appearance in Viking Gymnasium, Crump scored four points, which marked a career high.
The game opened very much back-and-forth as Monroe led 12-8 after the first quarter, and extended the lead to 39-28 at halftime, but the issue was still in doubt. A 19-4 third quarter allowed the Express to pull away for good.
With seven players slated to return and an outstanding recruiting class on the way, WCC Women’s Basketball did the hard part in 2018, they brought basketball back to WCC, battled with the toughest teams in Region XV, and won a game. Now, the Vikings look forward to year two with a strong nucleus in place that set the stage for a very successful future.