Scottsdale Community College women’s basketball coach Bike Medder is downplaying Saturday’s meeting with perennial power Central Arizona College in Arizona Community College Athletic Conference play.
But things are better than they’ve been in a while at SCC and the time might be right for Medder’s first victory over Central.
Medder, who has coached SCC the past 19 seasons, has never beaten No. 20 (Division I) Central and failed to do so the first time around this season with a 78-50 Central win Dec. 10 at SCC. Scottsdale (16-7, 11-4) is the No. 8 team in the NJCAA’s Division II standings and is running away with the ACCAC’s D-II regular-season title.
"We’ve lost in overtimes, we’ve lost at the buzzer, we’ve always found a way to screw it up," Medder said of SCC’s futile history in head-to-head meetings with Central. "I’m not going to put any special emphasis on this one. Sometimes you go in there too tight."
An SCC win over Central (21-2) would be an upset. Win or lose, it has been quite a season for the Artichokes, who figure to reach the NJCAA’s Division II championship tournament for the first time since the 1993-94 season. SCC went to the nationals in consecutive years (’92-93 and ’93-94), with fourth place its highest finish.
Medder knew he had a solid veteran team coming into this season. Eight Artichokes are sophomores, led by guard Terri Ramsay, who is fourth in the conference in scoring at 16.7 points per game. SCC benefited when a couple of Division I transfers decided to move elsewhere. Leading rebounder Jasmine Williams (10.2, fifth in the ACCAC) transferred in from North Texas University and Ashley Mason came over from Grand Canyon University.
"Ramsey is our leader," Medder said. "She should be up for All-American. This group spent a lot of time together all summer long. They played summer league together. They’ve spent a lot of time in the gym."
Former Dobson High School standout Sherlyn Hatch of South Mountain Community College was named ACCAC women’s player of the week after scoring 24 points and adding 13 rebounds against Chandler-Gilbert Community College and 31 points with 11 rebounds against MCC, both SMCC losses. For the season, Hatch is second in the ACCAC in scoring (20.1) and second in rebounding (12.4).
The Mesa Community College men shocked No. 13 (Division I) Yavapai College, handing the high-flying Roughriders their first loss in ACCAC play in an 84-50 win at Mesa. Mickey Burtnyk scored 20 points and Ryan Rourke added 18, while Alex Davis had 17 for MCC (14-8, 10-4), which may be considered for its first NJCAA top-20 ranking of the season.