College takes classic, collects two wins

Senior guard Keri Washington takes the ball up the court. (Tom O’Dell / Photo Editor)

The women’s basketball team turned their season around after opening with two losses and showed its strength as a team by knocking out two wins at the White Rose City Classic hosted by York College on Nov. 20-21.

“We all stepped up and got a good win against York (College),” junior guard Hannah Tait said.

The Lions are now 2-2 on the season.

Tait led the Lions to their second victory over the Spartans on Sunday, 56-40, with 13 points.

“I’m glad I was able to contribute and have a good game,” Tait said. “Playing good personally always makes you feel good, but getting a good team win makes you feel great.”

Tait was supported by her teammates, including senior center Alex Gregorek who was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament with five points and a game-high 10 rebounds in the final game.

The College took on Penn State University – Harrisburg on Saturday, Nov. 20 prior to York College. The Lions defeated the Lady Lions 68-54.

Before the White Rose City Classic though, the Lions hosted their first game of the season, but suffered their second loss.

In their home opener, the team fell to Lehmen College, 62-59.

Gregorek once again had a team-leading 11 rebounds and 12 points.

Tait was right behind with 10 points and five assists.

But the Lions could not get past the Lightning’s defense and lost the game in the last minute.

“We initially had some trouble breaking their press, which led to turnovers,” Tait said. “If we could have limited our turnovers and broke the press to score, the game could have ended in our favor.”

With a slow start, Tait commented on the team’s record.

“I don’t think it will be a .500 season,” Tait said. “I think we’ve already shown great improvements from one game to the next. We know what we are capable of doing and as long as we continue to improve every game I think we will be fine and do great things.”

The Lions will continue their season on Dec. 1, as they take on Kean University at the Cougars’ home court at 6 p.m.

Hilarey Wojtowicz can be reached at wojtowi3@tcnj.edu.