The Columbia College basketball team is looking to make some noise this season under Head Coach James Black, who is in his third season here. Coach Black has focused on changing the culture of the basketball program and looks forward to having a successful season. The Koalas are returning a number of familiar faces while also adding in a great mix of newcomers.
The Koalas opened the season this past Saturday against the Keiser Skyhawks and walked away with a hard fought victory. When asked about the game Coach Black stated, “We started out rough and we’re still learning but the team is starting to come together.” Which was evident in the how the game was played out. Going into halftime the Koalas were trailing by 4 points, once the 3rd quarter started momentum quickly shifted to Columbia’s side. The Koalas outscored their opponents 19 to 5 in the quarter, which they used to catapult themselves to a victory.
Leading the charge in scoring for the Koalas was Jenesai Mohammed (Jr) with 19 pts, 6 rebounds and Morgan Varn (Jr.) with 13 pts, 9 rebounds. Other contributors were Victoria Williams (Jr), Hanna Kinard (So), Savanna Wood (So), Denijah Johnson (So), Tameshia Woodard (Fr), Jordan Morgan (Fr), and closing out the game with a few clutch free throws by senior Amber Sherill. Coach Black commented, “We were able to beat them with our numbers, they were just too tired and couldn’t keep up. We also were able to get a lot of players some game experience which will help us later on in the season.”
The fighting Koalas look to forward to their next game as they travel to take on Bluefield on November, 7th.