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KCKCC to take 16-4 record into nation’s toughest conference

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Safely over the final non-conference hurdle, focus now turns to the toughest NJCAA Division II conference in the nation for Kansas City Kansas Community College’s women’s basketball team.

The Lady Blue Devils closed out the non-conference season Thursday, boosting their record to 16-4 with an 83-67 win over William Penn junior varsity in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Region VI play begins Wednesday when the Blue Devils invade Johnson County (16-4), the No. 5 ranked team in Division II and one of three conference teams ranked in the Top 10 nationally.

Unbeaten Highland (20-0) is ranked No. 4 while Labette (16-2) is No. 9 in the current NJCAA poll.

While not ranked in the Top 20, KCKCC is 23rd in votes received. Tipoff at JCCC Wednesday is 5:30 p.m. with a men’s game to follow.

“I’m very happy for this group to be 16-4 at this point in the season,” KCKCC coach Joe McKinstry said. “There is certainly room for improvement in some specific areas but they continue to do what is needed to come out on top. The next 10 games are what’s important. We have to use the experiences we’ve had up to this point, both good and bad, to help us have a high level of success. This is where the fun really starts. I’m excited to see what happens. … I hope these girls are ready.”

The Blue Devils’ forward line of Lillie Moore, Kisi Young and Lizzie Stark again led the way at William Penn, combining for 50 points and 28 rebounds.

Young had her 10th double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds, Moore led all scorers with 23 points along with eight rebounds and Stark had 11 points and seven rebounds.

Perimeter scoring came from Alix Wilson, the Blue Devils’ lone sophomore, who had three 3-pointers for nine points; Camryn Swanson, who had a pair of treys and eight points; and Gena Ojeda, who had two 3-point goals. Caitlyn Stewart led in assists with six with Wilson and Young adding four each.

KCKCC never trailed, jumping to a 17-10 first quarter lead on the way to a 39-25 halftime lead.

The Blue Devils dominated the rebounding 43-27 but broke even in turnovers (21 each) and shooting percentage.

Thanks to 60.7 percent shooting in the second half, William Penn shot 47.5 percent from the field compared to KCKCC’s .471 accuracy.


Moore, Daniels power KCKCC women to 15th win of season

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Fueled by near record performances from Lillie Moore and Ashley Daniels, Kansas City Kansas Community College rolled to a 73-52 win over Saint Mary junior varsity at Leavenworth Tuesday.

The win boosted the Lady Blue Devils’ record to 15-4 heading into their final non-conference test of the season against William Penn’s junior varsity in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Thursday. The Blue Devils then begin Jayhawk Conference play at Johnson County on Wednesday.

Moore, a 6-1 freshman from Magnolia, Ark., pulled down 20 rebounds Tuesday to become only the third Blue Devil with 20 or more rebounds, trailing only Kesia Houston, who grabbed 23 and 22 in 1994; and Brooklyn Wagler, who had 21 last season. Moore also had 14 points for her fifth double-double of the season.

A 5-7 former Schlagle standout, Daniels was 5-of-6 from 3-point putting her in a multi-way tie for 10th place for treys in a single game. She finished with a career high 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field.

Yet another freshman, Kisi Young, led the Blue Devils in scoring with 20 points and added seven rebounds while guard Caitlyn Stewart had nine points, six rebounds and six assists and forward Lizzie Stark seven points and nine rebounds.

“Ashley Daniels was fantastic for us tonight and once again our forwards (41 points and 36 rebounds) gave us some outstanding numbers,” KCKCC coach Joe McKinstry said. “To be honest though, we missed 20 shots in the paint and as good as our numbers were from the post players, they easily could have been better. We need to be a bit stronger and finish more opportunities around the basket that come our way.

‘But overall, this was a good fame for us. Saint Mary’s had some very good players for this game and I thought our team raised its level and made things very difficult for the Spires. I was especially happy with our defense and rebounding efforts.”

KCKCC finished with more than twice as many rebounds (62-28) and shot 41.9 percent to just .246 for Saint Mary.


KCKCC sponsors ‘30 Miles in 30 Days Challenge’

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

The Kansas City Kansas Community College Wellness and Fitness Center is starting the New Year by helping the campus community develop a healthier lifestyle.

The 30 Miles in 30 Days Challenge starts Jan. 29.

Its purpose is to encourage students, staff, faculty and community members to complete at least one mile of cardiovascular activity every day for a month, according to a spokesman. That includes walking, jogging, riding a bike or one mile on an elliptical machine.

“It takes 21 to 30 days to break old habits and create new habits,” said Pam Hall, wellness specialist at the KCKCC Wellness and Fitness Center. “We want to make it personally challenging, have individuals make a real change and re-pattern their fitness routine.”

Upon registering, individuals will receive a Tracking Card, which is what they will turn in at the end of the 30 Miles in 30 Days Challenge to show the activity logged. Participants mark the box for each day they complete a mile.

When the challenge ends March 3, individuals will submit their completed cards for a chance at winning a prize. The Tracking Card does not include any Sundays.

The 30 Miles in 30 Days Challenge is also for those that may already be exercising.

“Make this a personal challenge for yourself,” Hall said. “Say you already do two miles of exercise a day. For one mile, make yourself go faster than you normally would.”

For more information or to register for the challenge, contact Pam Hall at or at 913-288-7368. Individuals can also register by calling the Wellness and Fitness Center at 913-288-7610 or visiting the front desk.