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The #4 ranked Lady Bucs opened up their season with a dominating performance claiming an 86-48 win over the visiting Trojans JV squad from Mount Olive. The Bucs come out firing taking an impressive 41-18 lead at the half. The Bucs were lead by sophomore forward Kadeshia Gibbs who logged her first double-double on the season with 28 points and 13 rebounds. All-American returner Anika Jones posted 11 points and 5 assists. The Bucs were able to control the boards in the game posting a 44-29 rebounding advantage over the Trojans.
The Bucs are now 1-0 overall and will play their next game on Monday night, November 4 at Montreat College. The #4 Bucs will return home for a battle with Central Carolina Community College on Friday, November 15th at 6:00pm.
The CVCC Men’s and Women’s basketball team announce their 2013-2014 schedule. Men’s Basketball who won 21 games, the most in the last 10 years, will begin their season at home on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:00pm against Montreat College. The Women’s Basketball team who won the Carolinas-Virginia Conference with an undefeated regular season opens up their season at home on Sunday, November 3 at 3:00pm against Mount Olive JV.
Men’s Basketball Schedule Q&A with Head Coach Bryan Garmroth who returns for his 3rd season at CVCC and 23rd year in coaching.
Q: How is your team preparing for the upcoming season after winning over 20 games last year in the regular season, for the first time in the last 10 years?
A: It’s a new team but the group that had come in is putting in some hard work. We are lifting, conditioning and doing a lot of fundamental and skill work. We have been going 4 days a week until October 1 to avoid burning the players out. We need them all in great shape, it is a long season.
Q: What are the big games on your schedule in the 2013/14 season?
A: We want to win all the games and approach each game as it is the most important on the schedule. However, Region X games are always the most important. We need to finish in the top half of the league to receive a bid to the Region X championships,
Q: What are some tough stretches of games in your season?
A: The week of November 23, 26 and Dec 4 are three straight road games against very good teams. We don’t know what to expect from Vance Granville this year, but Caldwell CC and Spartanburg Methodist are always very good. Then, on Jan 28, 31 and Feb 1 we have three more straight road games. Playing Lenoir (1/31/14) and Pitt (2/1/14) on back to back days will be a big challenge. The final set of 3 tough road games will be February 15, 16 and 22. We will be playing back to back games again and this will be against two new teams in Virginia who have just joined the conference. The next game will be against Louisburg at Louisburg who is always tough at home.
Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
A: Our team is very young this year, but right now they are very enthusiastic and working very hard. If we can continue to have these two traits I think we will see this team improve every day.
Women’s Basketball Schedule Q&A with Head Coach Tisha England who begins her head coaching career this season.
Q: How is your team preparing for the upcoming season after going undefeated last year in the regular season?
A: The group of girls we have coming back as well as the new ones are working hard fundamentally as well as working on to develop their game mentally. After having a great season last year we know that everyone in the league is coming after us so our work ethic has been pushed up a notch every game to compete at a high level.
Q: What are the big games on your schedule in the 2013/14 season?
A: I think all of our games are big. We we take the floor for each game we take no one for granted. The schedule this year is very difficult and we see think this season is going to be very competitive.
Q: What are some tough stretches of games in your season?
A: There are some tough stretches in the whole season but having 6 straight road games to end the season will very difficult. We will have to work hard to stay focused and to prepare ourselves mentally for the Region tournament.
Q: What are you looking forward to in your first season as Head Coach?
A: I am looking forward to allowing God to continue directing our success.
Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tisha England is excited to announce the hiring of Isiah “Ike” Williams to her Women’s Basketball staff as an assistant coach. Coach Williams has been a fixture in women’s basketball for over 24 years serving as a coach in AAU organizations Carolina Pacers and Carolina Express along with coach at Newton Conover and Statesville High School during this time.
Coach Williams has been the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Newton-Conover High School the last two years were he compiled a 40-15 record two CVAC Tournament Championships and one regular season CVAC championship. Coach Williams had 5 selections to All-Conference team and 3 to the All-District team. This group included current Buccaneers student-athlete Kadesha Gibbs who was an All-Conference player and second team All-District in 2012. Prior to Newton-Conover Coach Williams was the Associate Head Coach at Statesville High School from 2007-2010 where his team compiled a 72-21 record and made the 3A NCHSAA Western Sectional Semifinals all 3 years. Statesville High School claimed the Western Piedmont Conference Championship twice and was Tournament Champions all 3 years.
Coach Williams also served as the Head Coach and Basketball Director for the Carolina Pacers AAU organization since 2007. His teams have finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the AAU western Regionals, 3rd and 4th in the NC AAU State Finals, and 23rd and 31st in the National AAU Tournament. He has had multiple players continue on to play at the collegiate level and has coached 4 players named as a Top 200 women’s basketball recruit in the nation. Prior to the Pacers organization Coach Williams coached for the Carolina Express were he had multiple Region and State top 3 finishes along with having teams ranked nationally in the AAU at 19th, 21st, 25th, and 45th.
Coach Williams has coached multiple athletes onto college such as Clemson University, Boston University, Lenoir Rhyne University, Wingate University and Catawba Valley Community College. Coach Williams lives in Hickory, NC where he enjoys family time with his wife, Shannon and his two children, Autumn 14 and Errington 10.
“I am excited to be able to work with Ike on a Collegiate Level.” Says Head Coach Tisha England, “Our coaching philosophy, values, morals and just the love for people are unified. We are looking forward to continue the success here at CVCC one day at a time”.
The CVCC Athletic Department is excited to announce that two of their own will be inducted into the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame. Former Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tommy Edwards and current Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tisha England will be named in a ceremony held tonight at the Tarlton Complex on CVCC’s campus.Tommy Edwards has been a pillar in the Catawba County women’s basketball community. It is hard to talk to anyone who played women’s basketball in at a Catawba county school in the last 40 years that does not know who Coach Edwards is. Over his basketball coaching career he finished with a 629 wins and only 307 losses. Coach Edwards was the first coach of CVCC Women’s Basketball and during his career was able to record a winning season every year and a 82-30 record and in the last year he took an undefeated Bucs squad, first time Carolinas-Virginia Conference champion and #3 nationally ranked team into the District finals where they had their only loss to the eventual NJCAA national champion. Coach Edwards was honored for this great season being named the Region X Coach of the year by his coaching peers. Coach Edwards was the key cog in building up this program to what it is today and will always be known as the Father of Women’s Basketball at CVCC. Prior to coming to CVCC Coach Edwards coached at Bunker Hill High School where he posted a 418-199 record and was named Conference Coach of the Year six times. He still lives in Conover, NC and has 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Tisha England came to CVCC three years ago to assist Coach Edwards, but if you ask him it was Coach England that took the program to the next level. Coach England brought an atmosphere of hard work and determination which she used to achieve a successful and decorated basketball career. Since Coach England joined the coaching staff the team has logged 66 wins and only 23 losses, along with leading the team to an undefeated Bucs squad, first time Carolinas-Virginia Conference champion and #3 nationally ranking. Coach England was a graduate of Newton Conover High School. During her career there she garnered All-American honors, was Gatorade Player of the Year and was the only athlete to have her jersey (32) retired. She was inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame at Newton Conover high on March 18, 2010. She furthered her education at the University of South Carolina Aiken and graduated with a B.A. in Education. During her time at USC-Aiken, England was a two time All-Conference player and the only USC-Aiken player (male or female) to win PBC Player of the Year honors. She holds the school and conference scoring average record at 20 points per game. Her jersey (32) was the third to be retired in USC-Aiken’s history. On November 30, 2007, England was one of thirteen Hall of Fame inductees to make up the inaugural class at USC-Aiken. Outside of basketball Coach England enjoys learning more about the Lord and spending time with her family.
It is an exciting day for CVCC Athletics and the two individuals being honored for all their accomplishments. While they are both being honored for their successful athletic careers the most important attribute they have is their love of all students and their love of the game of basketball. Not only have both successfully coached great teams and created a program of excellence, but have seen athletes graduate and move on in their college career sending players to colleges such as UNC-Asheville, Montreat College and Brevard College to not only finish their career in basketball but to obtain a 4 year degree. Tonight as the two are honored the past and future of the CVCC Women’s Basketball team will be on display in bright lights and not just the coaches but all of the former student-athletes they have coached will truly be honored.
“The Ring of Honor is an exhibit at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame where we honor the nation’s top players at every level,” said Josh Sullivan, Director of Basketball Relations for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. “To have your jersey on display at the Hall of Fame is a huge privilege and we are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of these young athletes.”
The Ring of Honor is one of the many unique displays of the Hall of Fame. Not only does the Ring of Honor provide a colorful backdrop at the Hall of Fame’s many exhibits, but it also recognizes some young basketball players for their achievements in their sport. By acknowledging the athletes, the Hall of Fame is able to fulfill its mission to “honor the past, celebrate the present and promote the future” of women’s basketball.
Currently, the Ring of Honor consists of over 100 jerseys hanging from the rafters of the back rotunda at the Hall of Fame. The display includes jerseys of the top high school and college players from the 2012-2013 season. The Ring of Honor has displayed jerseys from some of the best players in the world including Candace Parker, Britney Griner, Sue Bird, and Candice Wiggins.
The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, opened in 1999, is located in Knoxville, Tenn. The Hall of Fame is the only facility of its kind, dedicated to all levels of women’s basketball. For more information on the Ring of Honor or the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame visit www.wbhof.com or call (865) 663-9000.