Greg Sheley, the women’s basketball coach at Lane Community College, obtained the 500th victory of his career last night as the Titans avenged a prior loss to Clackamas (21-4, 11-1 South Region) by a score of 66-63.
Previously meeting in a 77-64 triumph for the Cougars on January 19th, the Titans (24-2, 10-2 South Region) clinched a Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) playoff spot with their victory.
The game, which respectively put the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the NWAACC against one another, was back-and-forth throughout the entire contest. Not only was there just a three point separation between the teams by the end of regulation, there were seven ties and 12 lead changes throughout the entire contest.
Leading the way for the Titans were Kersey Wilcox, Jordan Wilcox, and Megan Shields, who all reached double figures.
Shields contributed the most points during the course of the night, scoring 18 points while also bringing in six rebounds.
Jordan Wilcox finished with 15 points and six rebounds while Kersey Wilcox finished with 12 points and five rebounds.
Shooting 41.8% from the field as a team, Lane used a solid defensive effort to keep the Cougars at bay, allowing them to convert just 28.6% of their shots.
The win, as mentioned previously, was the 500th of Sheley’s career and improved his coaching record at Lane to 317-60.
Officially becoming the head coach of the women’s basketball team in 1999, Sheley has collected more wins than any other head coach at Lane. He was previously the head coach at Butte College and played his college basketball for Sierra Junior College and California State University-Chico.