By Chad Dixon
The Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC) Women’s basketball team (25-7, 14-1) took its only ACCC loss for the second consecutive year in the conference title game on March 9 in Birmingham, Ala. The team lost to Shelton State 73-66 in the ACCC Championship.
CVCC defeated Wallace State in the semi-finals on March 8 despite trailing 26-24 at halftime.
“That halftime message was to be different. Do the little things that we hadn’t done all season to elevate ourselves from a good team to a championship caliber team,” said CVCC Head Coach Ron Robinson.
The two teams closed regulation tied at 66. The Lady Pirates outscored Wallace State 13-11 in the overtime period to advance to the title game. Zikiria Williams led CVCC with 18 points. She also had six rebounds and three steals. Audrey McElhaney scored 16 and Brittney Williams added 13.
“I can’t recall the final few minutes of the game. Our coaching staff did a great job of encouraging our girls to keep fighting, keep believing, and to not allow anyone to deny us. They just made the plays that they needed to make, cheered when they needed to cheer and we advanced,” Robinson added.
In the championship game, CVCC jumped out to a 13-10 lead to close the first quarter. Shelton State scored 24 points in the second quarter and led by three at the half. They scored another 24 in the third and closed the quarter with a 58-33 lead. CVCC scored 23 points in the final quarter, but couldn’t quite make the full comeback.
The ACCC South Player of the Year Kelsie Towns was the only Lady Pirate that scored in double figures. She scored 24 (8-for-14). She scored 333 points on the season. She averaged 11.9 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game. Towns was named to the NJCAA Region 22 First-team.
Coach Ron Robinson was named the ACCC South Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. Over the last two seasons, the Lady Pirates have been 49-15 (.766) under Robinson and have not lost a divisional game in the regular season.
Zikiria Williams and Audrey McElhaney were named to the Region Second-team. Williams scored 331 points this season with 122 rebounds. McElhaney ranked fourth in the ACCC with 401 points and 13th with 169 rebounds.