FLINT — While the Mott Community College women’s basketball team was eliminated from the National Junior College Athletic Association playoffs in a thrilling 59-51 overtime contest by Saint Clair County Community College last Saturday in the District H championship game, a big part of the squad’s success this season came from the efforts of four local players.
Standing at the forefront of this group of area standouts is 5-foot-6 sophomore guard Rhonettia Dukes, a Carman-Ainsworth product who hit 5- of-16 field goals to wind up with a team-high 14 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists in 43 minutes of playing time in that extra-session loss to the Lady Skippers.
During the regular season, Dukes was just as key to the cause for the Lady Bears, winding up second on the roster at 13.4 ppg with a team-high 70 steals, 125 rebounds, 62 assists and six blocks.
With Mott going 11-19 overall, 8-10 Michigan Community College Athletic Association during its most recent campaign to end up sixth in the 10- team MCCAA Eastern Conference, it was Davison graduate Kaylee Rahmann who scored 300 points this season after hitting almost 39 percent from the field. Having also pulled down a teamhigh 203 rebounds with 38 assists, 38 steals and eight blocks, Rahman was third for Mott with an average just over 11.5 ppg. Against SC4 in the playoffs, the former Lady Cardinal went 4-for-13 from the floor to end up with eight points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in Mott’s final game of the year.
Another player coming into her own for Mott was Capac grad Jennica Polzin, a 5-foot-2 freshman guard who went 3- for-12 from the field for eight points, seven rebounds and two assists in the Lady Bears postseason defeat to SC4. Having made it on the court for 25 of Mott’s 30 games this year, Polzin scored 280 points this season on 106 field goals, including 42 from three-point territory and 26 free throws, for an average of 11.2 points per game. The former Lady Chief also came through with 35 assists, 52 steals and 88 rebounds for the Lady Bears in 2011-12.
Despite the fact that Mott beat SC4, 67-56, on Jan. 18, the final part of this four-player equation for Mott is Atherton grad and 5-foot-8 freshman guard Carisa Loree. Because she only made it on the court for four games this season for the Lady Bears, Loree was only able to hit three field goals and three free throws for a total of nine points, which averages out to just under 2.3 ppg. The former Lady Wolverine was also good for eight rebounds, one assist and one steal after going 3-for-11 from the field 3-for-4 from the line.
Mott actually began this year’s playoff run in the District H quarterfinals by downing Delta, 59-51, on March 6 before ousting Schoolcraft on March 9 in the District H semifinals, 77-65. Highlights for the Lady Bears during the regular season include beating Lansing Community College, 62-58, on Dec. 5 for the team’s first win of the year after five games played, on Jan. 9 Mott got the better of Henry Ford Community College, 73-49, and on Feb. 1 the squad edged out Alpena Community College, 79-68.