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by Alan Hoskins

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s unbeaten and nationally ranked women’s basketball team cleared its biggest hurdle yet Friday night, handing previously unbeaten Jefferson College its first setback 92-74.

It was the sixth straight win for the 18th ranked Lady Blue Devils, who are right back in action Saturday against Wentworth Military Academy and College at 4 p.m. Jefferson, which suffered its first loss in six games, will take on Labette at 2 p.m. in the first game of the KCKCC Classic.

While the Blue Devils maintained their 92.3 scoring average in the win, it was the Blue Devil defense and rebound domination that overcame sub-par shooting in the early going. Shooting just 22 percent the first 10 minutes, KCKCC trailed 26-19 against a Jefferson team that started out at a 66.7 percent clip.

“Our 3-2 zone defense really caused some problems,” said KCKCC coach Valerie Stambersky. “It enabled us to get steals and defensive boards which in turn allowed us to get out and run and score in transition.”

From the 26-19 deficit, the Blue Devils exploded for a 44-36 lead by halftime as sophomore Julia Garrard scored nine points off the bench to go along with 12 by Erin Anderson and 9 each by Cheyenne North and Cierra Gaines.

Anderson finished with a double double, 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Cassidy Harbert was close to a second straight triple double with 11 assists, 9 points and 8 rebounds. North led all scorers with 17 points while Gaines added 16, Janai Mitchell and Garrard 9 each and Ky’Ana French 8.

Even more impressive was a 53-29 Blue Devil advantage in rebounding. In addition to Anderson’s 10, Mitchell had 9, Harbert 8, North 7 and Gaines 6.

“It was good for us to face some adversity and figure out how to handle it,” Stambersky said. “The rebounding was especially outstanding against a team that thrives on getting on the offensive boards.”
Alan Hoskins is the sports information director for KCKCC.

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by Alan Hoskins

Kansas City Kansas Community College is in the finals of the consolation bracket of the NJCAA Division II national tournament.

A 3-0 win over Genesee, N.Y., in the quarterfinals and a 3-1 win over Sauk Valley in the semifinals Saturday has propelled KCKCC (31-10) into the 9th place game against Iowa Central (32-18) Saturday at 11 a.m. (Kansas City time). The game can be seen on-line on the NJCAA website by clicking on Division II and NJCAA TV.

A pivotal 26-24 win in the third set carried KCKCC past Sauk Valley Friday night. The Lady Blue Devils opened with a 25-19 win but dropped the second set 25-21. Then with the momentum of the third set win, the Blue Devils took the fourth set 25-11. The Blue Devils had no trouble against Genesee in the quarterfinals, winning 25-12, 25-9, 25-11.
- Alan Hoskins is the sports information director at KCKCC.

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by Kelly Rogge

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s oldest tradition is returning in two weeks, honoring the holiday season while raising funds for scholarships at the same time.

The 92nd-Annual Candlelighting Ceremony is at 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 3 in the KCKCC Performing Arts Center on the main campus, 7250 State Ave. Classes will not be held during the 11 a.m. lighting, so that all personnel and students, who wish to, can participate in the program. However, the Jewell Center, KCKCC Library and all offices will be open during those hours to serve individuals who choose not to participate in the ceremony.

“The purpose of this event is to celebrate the end of semester and the start of the holiday season,” said Linda Sutton, director of student activities at KCKCC. “It is also a good way to support student scholarships.”

At both of the ceremonies, the KCKCC bands and choirs as well as theatre students will perform. There will also be a speaker, Ismael Garcia, at the 11 a.m. service. There is no speaker at the 9 a.m. service. Each service will conclude with holiday carols and the lighting of the candles.

All classes that are scheduled to begin at noon will start 10 minutes after the program has ended to allow students and faculty to time to get to their classrooms.

KCKCC faculty members started the Candlelighting Ceremony in 1923, the year KCKCC was founded. It remains the oldest tradition at KCKCC and serves as an opportunity for students, staff and faculty to celebrate the upcoming holiday season. During that first year, a collection was taken to fund student scholarships. This tradition has continued and over the years, more than $10,000 has been collected for student scholarships at KCKCC. Donations are free will, and members of the Student Senate will be at the doors to the performing arts center with red baskets to accept donations.

“It’s a tradition that connects the college to its beginning 92 years ago,” Sutton said. “Many people from the community look forward and enjoy this event because they enjoy hearing the band, choir and theatre students. Many retired employees attend as well.”

For more information on the Candlelighting Ceremony, contact Linda Sutton at 913-288-7652 or by email at lsutton@kckcc.edu.

Kelly Rogge is the public information supervisor at KCKCC.