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Lady Pirates Win Regional Honors, District Title, and Proceed to Nationals 

March 12, 2014

The Lady Pirates basketball team at North Central Missouri College in Trenton received honors as a result of their Region 16 championship and are now making plans to play in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament after their District Title win on Saturday, March 8.

Four Lady Pirates - Lexi Hope, Kayla Oetterer, Brooke Parton, and Samone Redditt - received NJCAA Women’s Division II All-Region 16 honors after their Region 16 Championship win on March 4 in Sedalia. Kayla Oetterer (New Haven, Missouri) and Samone Redditt (Independence, Missouri) were named to the First Team. Oetterer averaged 15.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game and Redditt averaged 12.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. Parton (Independence, Missouri) and Hope (Sedalia, Missouri) were named to the Second Team. Parton averaged 10.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game and Hope averaged 11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. Head Coach Lady Pirates Coach Jenni Croy received the NJCAA Region 16 Coach of the Year award.

Their District P Championship win was clinched with a win over Mid South Community College of West Memphis, Arkansas by a score of 89-62. This game was hosted by North Central Missouri College on Saturday, March 8.

The NCMC Lady Pirates will now participate in the NJCAA National Tournament, Women’s Division II, which will be hosted by Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Overland Park, Kansas during the week of March 18-22. NCMC will play the first game of the tournament on March 18 at 9 a.m. against St. Clair County Community College of Port Huron, Michigan. NCMC is seeded 14th and St. Clair is seeded third. This is a double-elimination tournament. If NCMC wins, they will play at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, and if they lose they will play at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. There are 16 teams in this national tournament.

Athletic Director Steve Richman commented, “This is a good opportunity to support our Lady Pirates in a national tournament because it is so close. Basketball fans can see some great games without traveling a long distance.” JCCC is located at 12345 College Boulevard in Overland Park. Ticket prices: adult daily pass $10; seniors 65 and over or students with valid high school or college ID, $5; children ages 7-12, $1; and those under 6, free.

There are plans for a Booster Bus to travel to JCCC. It will leave Trenton at 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18 and return to Trenton in the early afternoon. The bus will go back to JCCC on Wednesday for the Lady Pirates’ game that day as well. Anyone interested in riding the Booster Bus should call the Ketcham Community Center front desk at 660 359 3948 ext. 1450 to reserve a seat. There is no cost to ride.