Never say never. After a lifetime of futility the Lane College Lady Dragons won the first SIAC basketball championship in program history on Saturday.
Senior guard Antrice McCoy all but sealed the deal on a miracle shot that you had to see to believe. With under a minute to go, she somehow got a corkscrew, reverse heave to go into the basket as she was fouled. The three-point conversion gave Lane a six-point lead and proved to be the knockout punch against Kentucky State.
“I heard my teammates yelling ‘shot clock’ so I’m hesitating, I did a move and went by her and she fouled me and I just threw it up,” McCoy said. “I looked up and it was in the goal. That was it. It was a big play and that’s what got us that lead.”
The aggressiveness of normally laid back guard Addie McNeely was a huge factor as well. She finished with a game-high 14 points en route to being named to the all-tournament team.
“I knew that we were going to get here eventually,” McNeely said. “We’ve been working
The tournament MVP was the Dragons’ 6’2″ center Porche’ Hannah. She had taken a break from basketball but it didn’t show on the court. Her ability to disrupt the opponent’s offense with her shot-blocking allowed Lane to hang in during games while its offense struggled at times.
“I’m speechless,” Hannah said. “I didn’t play last year and this year, I just came out and killed it. We were humble and we were hungry.”
Head Coach Kimberly Anderson took the leap of faith that this year’s team would win a championship. During a trip to Hawaii before the
“From the beginning, I knew I had something special,” Anderson said. “But I also knew it was going to be a challenge.
The futility is over. The Lane College women will forever be remembered as champions.