Lane Women Sweep Weekend to Win Titan Classic
Lady Titans battled with Spokane for four tough quarters but held the lead throughout all of the fourth quarter to win the Championship of the 2015 Titan Classic, 85-80.
Third year sophomore Shelby Snook scored 25 points, dished out 6 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the Titans and secure MVP honors for the tournament after averaging 22 points per game for the weekend. Sophomore Jordan Kimbrough scored 26 points to lead the Titans in scoring on Sunday and was named to the All-Tournament team. Sophomore Sara Kesling also earned All-Tournament honors for the Titans.
Lane opened the weekend Friday night by drubbing Pierce College 110-49. Five Titans were in double figures including Snook with 20, freshman Jordan Rodriquez with 19, sophomore Bre DuBois 13, Kesling and freshman Mallory Shields with 12 each.
The Titans made it to the championship game with a 103-62 win over Linn-Benton CC. Six Titans this time got to double figures led again by Snook's 22, third year sophomore Gabby Heehn 21 (including 7 three pointers), Kesling with 14, Rodriguez' 13 points, freshman Kalani Kast's 11 points and Kimbrough's 10.
The Titans averaged 99.3 points per game for the weekend in securing their second straight Titan Classic title.
The Lane women are idle until December 2nd when they travel to Newberg, Oregon to face the George Fox University JV's in a non-
Lane women cruise to easy victory over Linn-Benton
Shelby Snook scored 22 points, and Gabby Heehn added 21 points Saturday as the Lane Community College women’s basketball team easily ran past Linn-Benton 103-62 in Lane’s Titan Classic.
The Titans have averaged 106.5 points per game in starting the season 2-0.
Lane led 29-6 after one quarter and 59-23 at halftime.
Six Titans scored in double figures. Sara Kesling tallied 14 points, Jordan Rodriguez scored 13, Kalani Kast had 11 points and Jordan Kimbrough had 10 points.
Lane women score 110 in rout of Pierce
The Lane Community College women’s basketball team got 20 points and 11 assists from Shelby Snook on Friday as the Titans opened the season with a 110-49 rout of Pierce at their own Titan Classic.
Jordan Rodriguez scored 19 points for Lane, which led 30-12 after one quarter and 55-31 at halftime.
The Titans play Linn-Benton at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Lady Titans Open Season With Titan Classic
The 2015-2016 season begins for the Lane Titan women's basketball team with an 8:00pm game versus Pierce College in the Second Annual Titan Classic this Friday. The NWAC runnerup Titans won the inaugural tournament last year. The tournament begins with a 6:00pm meeting between Spokane and Linn-Benton, who have resurrected their program from a two year absence from competition.
Coach Sheley's squad returns an abundance of talent from last year's squad and the 2013-2014 team. Several promising freshman also are in the mix for playing time. When asked about the upcoming season Head Coach Greg Sheley said this, "I'm very much looking forward to the upcoming season. We have a very talented group with a unique blend of experience".
Jordan Kimbrough (17.2 pts, 10.8 reb, 2.4 blocks) first team All-South region selection leads the talented front court contingent. Jordan was also a first team All-NWAC tournament selection last season. Bre DuBois (7.5 pts, 7.3 reb) returns after being selected to the 2nd team All-NWAC tournament team and figures to play several positions again for the Titans. Another part-time starter also returns for the Titans, Sara Kesling (2.9 pts, 2.5 reb) and figures to use her athleticism to get plenty of playing time this season. Other talented front court players in the mix will be former Northwest Conference Player of the Year, Mallory Shields (Sherwood HS, Sherwood, OR) who will also play in several spots for the Titans. Kalani Kast, a member of two 5A State Champion teams at Williamette High, entered her freshman season for the Titans after reshirting last season at New Hope Christian College. Kast figures to get plenty of minutes down low for the Titans and solidify an already good rebounding team.
In the backcourt for the Titans, Shelby Snook (19.9 pts, 6.6 reb, 4.9 assists) a first team All-South region selection in 2013-2014 returns at the point after sitting out last season because of injuries. Snook broke the Titans single game scoring record after a 44 point performance against Umpqua CC in 2014. Another three year sophomore Gabby Heehn (16 pts, 4 reb) returns after sitting out last season. Gabby brings long range shooting potential back to the Titans after a poor performance in that category by Lane last season. Heehn, sits third on the Titans all-time season three point made list hitting 72 in her freshman season. Jordan Rodriquez (Sunnyside High, Sunnyside, WA) comes to Lane with impressive credentials, Sunnyside High's all-time leading scorer, former 4A All-State Honorable Mention selection in Washington and a 12 point per game scoring average in 2014-2015.
Leila Petewon (Springfield High, Springfield, OR.) a member of Springfield High's state champion team from a few years back and Meg Jackson (Roseburg High, Roseburg, OR.) round out this year's squad.
SHS’s all-time leading girl’s scorer headed to play for Lane Titans
By Jennie McGhan | Daily Sun News
She is the all-time leading scorer for the Sunnyside High School Lady Grizzlies basketball program, having hit the mark of 1,279 points this past winter.
Jordan Rodriguez will be taking her aptitude for the sport to Eugene, Ore., where she plans to attend Lane Community College.
“I had other college opportunities, but felt the change of scenery would be good for me,” she said.
After two years at Lane Community College, playing for the Titans, Rodriguez plans to further her college career at a four-year university with the goal of earning a degree in physical education.
Officials at the college, said Rodriguez, kept in contact with her throughout her senior year, tracking her season and letting her know they were extremely hopeful she would choose to play for their women’s basketball program.
She was a member of the SHS varsity girls basketball team all four years of high school, averaging three assists her senior year. Her junior year, she and her teammates earned fourth-place honors at the 3A State basketball tournament. In the three games played at State, Rodriguez collected 36 points and 26 rebounds. She hit the 1,000-point mark during the quarter-final tilt at State her junior season.
“I didn’t enjoy basketball as much this year and I am hoping the new experience will help me with a fresh start,” said Rodriguez, who said she wants to rediscover her love of the game.
She said she will miss her parents and siblings most.
“My father has always been my coach,” noted Rodriguez.
But, she knows the future is ahead of her and Lane Community College is helping her reach for her dreams with a full-ride athletic scholarship.
“I will have to pay my living expenses and for my books,” Rodriguez said.
She said she hopes to find an apartment she can share with her new teammates.
In addition to being a standout on the basketball court, Rodriguez will graduate among the top academic achievers for the SHS class of 2015.
Former Willamette High Star Signs With Titans
Kalani Kast, former Willamette High forward and a member of two 5-A State champion teams inked a letter of intent to play for the Titans in the 2015-2016 season.
Kast averaged 7.8 points and 4.8 rebounds her senior season for the Wolverines. She was named first team All-Midwestern Conference. Kalani was a captain in her junior and senior seasons as well as being named Willamette's best defensive player. She was also honored with honorable mention All-Midwestern Conference recognition her junior season.
“Kalani adds another really good rebounder and defender to our frontline” says head coach Greg Sheley. Kalani comes to Lane after attending New Hope Christian College.
Pleasant Hill All-State Selection Signs with Titans
Alix Leavitt, 6'0" forward from Pleasant Hill High has signed a letter of intent to play basketball with the Lady Titans. Leavitt averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds for the Billies while leading them to the Mountain Valley Conference (3A) championship with a 14-1 conference record and 20-4 record overall.
Alix was named the Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year and was named to the Oregonian's first team 3A All-State squad. She was also named first team all-conference as a junior as well as honorable mention (3A) All-State. In her sophomore season she was named honorable mention all-conference for the Billies.
Along with four years of varsity basketball at Pleasant Hill, Alix played four years of volleyball.
Coach Sheley is very impressed by Alix's athleticism, length and scoring ability. "Alix has the ability to help our already powerful frontline plus she's able to step outside and shoot with range".
Leavitt is the first Pleasant Hill player to sign with the Titans since Cora McVey signed prior to the 2004-2005 season. Welcome to Lane Community College, GO TITANS!