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Women’s College Basketball: Heartbreaking loss for South Suburban

South Suburban College’s JamikCollins looks for an open teammate 66-65 loss Cincinnati State Saturday. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media

South Suburban College’s Jamika Collins looks for an open teammate in a 66-65 loss to Cincinnati State on Saturday. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 16, 2014 7:02AM



South Suburban College might be dejected after a heartbreaking 66-65 loss to Cincinnati State Tech and Community College on Saturday afternoon.

But the big picture shows the Bulldogs have come a long way since the beginning of the season.

The Bulldogs opened the season dropping a 74-39 contest to Cincinnati State on Nov. 1 in the Surge’s Tournament in the Queen City.

Saturday’s game, which was the championship of the Bulldogs’ four-team holiday tournament, wasn’t decided until the final 10th of a second. SSC freshman Jamika Collins, who gave the Bulldogs their first lead in the second half with two free throws with 1:43 left in the game, missed two with 1/10th of a second showing on the clock. She was able to grab the offensive rebound after the second miss, but the Michigan City, Ind., native came up short on the final shot.

“She helped get us back in this game,” SSC coach Darrell Scott said. “Some of these kids have never been in a pressure situation like this. They dream about it. But doing it is something else. I knew she was nervous. That was pressure. That was real pressure. But I would want her in that situation again because I believe in her.”

Collins finished with 11 points, six rebounds and three steals and made the all-tournament team. T.F. South graduate Megan Majors had 17 points against Cincinnati and 24 in a 62-57 win over Lansing (Mich.) on Friday.

The Surge’s Hannah Stephenson had 12 points, six rebounds and two steals and was named the tournament’s MVP.

Scott, whose team is 8-4, was happy with the improvement he has seen this season.

“We now know who can play and who can perform in certain situations,” he said. “But we still have a long way to go.”

Moraine Valley had a rough go of it in the tournament, dropping an 83-62 decision to Cincinnati on Friday and falling 67-45 to Lansing in Saturday’s battle for third place.

Maggie Yandel, a sophomore from Stagg, made the All-Tournament team. She scored 23 points, hauled down nine rebounds and registered five steals in two games for the Cyclones (6-6).

Freshman Samatha Holler, a Sandburg graduate, had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Moraine in the tournament, while sophomore Katie McGann from Providence had a 10-point effort in the Cincinnati setback.



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