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Monroe Community College is facing its most adversity in years.
The Tribunes' longtime head coach was suspended without pay in late August.
The defending NJCAA Division II national champions lost three games during a six-game stretch earlier this season.
And on Jan. 23, they saw their 78-game NJCAA Region 3 winning streak come to an end with a loss to Niagara County CC.
But the Tribunes still have Jamestown CC's number.
Despite the Jayhawks leading by one after the first quarter, being tied at halftime and trailing by just one after three quarters, Monroe CC used a 24-15 fourth quarter to beat Jamestown CC, 68-58, on Saturday afternoon at the Physical Education Complex.
"We had the score right where we wanted it, maybe a little bit lower, but that's good for a Monroe score," Jamestown CC coach Travis Wells said. "We'll take that any time."
The Tribunes (10-4, 2-1), ranked No. 17 nationally in this week's poll, were led by 22 points from Samirah Henderson while Jamiya Eaddy added 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals.
"I tell Eaddy that she has to get going. I think she is an important catalyst to our team," Monroe CC interim head coach Demetrius Rhodes said. "When she goes, the rest of our team goes."
Just 10 days removed from a five-point loss to the now 13th-ranked Thunderwolves, Monroe CC has been doing it all this year without Tim Parrinello at the helm. The University of Rochester graduate led the Tribunes to a 613-85 record in 21 years, highlighted by three Division II national titles and a Division I crown.
In late November, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported that Parrinello's suspension was due to what the college alleges were violations within the program.
"Tim Parrinello is on leave from the College, which is following the negotiated terms of the Faculty Association labor contract in working through the matter," Monroe CC spokeswoman Cynthia Mapes said in a statement at the time. "The reasons behind his or any employee's leave from the College are personnel matters; the College respects the confidentiality of all personnel matters."
Since late August, Rhodes has taken over the reins of the program and after Saturday's game, he alluded to some of the difficulties his team has faced.
"With the changes that have occurred, I think it's new to the ladies," Rhodes said, "trying to adjust to me … given everything that has happened, and trying to fight through a little adversity."
After the Jayhawks' Taylor Phelps tied the game at 52-all with a 3-pointer with 6:22 remaining Saturday, the Tribunes put the game away. Henderson made a pair of free throws before Cierra Harrison gave the visitors a five-point lead after a 3-pointer with 3:45 remaining. Nicole Johnson answered buckets by Harrison and Henderson with field goals of her own, but Henderson hit a 3-pointer with 59 seconds left to seal it.
Johnson led Jamestown CC (15-4, 1-2) with 20 points while Olivia Lynn had 19 points and 11 rebounds.
"We really wanted to attack their posts," Wells said. "I liked our matchup against their posts just because of the speed factor."
The Jayhawks got off to a great start, leading 10-2 early in the first quarter before the Tribunes began to find their stride. Henderson eventually hit a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left to pull her team within one.
Jamestown CC sophomore Alexis Rodenbaugh picked up her third foul of the game with 1:41 left in the first quarter, and was pinned to the bench for the entire second quarter and much of the third quarter.
"We've got to be smarter with fouls. We have to adjust to the referees quicker,"Wells said. " … We've got to back off and just be smart with our defense."
Monroe CC took advantage, upping its pressure and forcing the Jayhawks into 14 first-half turnovers. The Tribunes' Lyrik' Jackson hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 28 with 2:32 left in the first half before Phelps and Monroe CC's Kendra Lawton traded buckets down the stretch to send the teams into the break tied at 30.
"In the first half, they established post play in the very beginning," Rhodes said. "(Lynn) and (Johnson) established a presence down low and were getting some easy buckets. I thought we came out a little flat."
A 3-pointer from Zorria West gave the Tribunes their first lead of the game at 33-30 early in the third quarter and it grew to seven points with 6:21 remaining in the period before Rodenbaugh re-entered the contest. Her impact was immediately felt as she assisted on baskets by Lynn and Jesse Zenns during a quick 6-0 Jayhawks' run, but Monroe CC was eventually able to right the ship.
"I thought in the first half the pressure was OK," Rhodes said. "In the second half, the pressure kind of turned things around."
"Before it was just the Monroe show. Now Niagara is up there, Genesee played them to a three-point game," Wells said or the Region 3 standings. "It's really balanced. … Every game is close."
NOTES: Jamestown CC won the rebounding battle, 42-32, but committed 28 turnovers to just 16 for Monroe CC. … The Jayhawks were 24 of 47 (51.1 percent) from the field, including 2 of 5 (40 percent) from 3-point range, but made just 8 of 19 (42.1 percent) of their free throws. … The Tribunes were 22 of 63 (34.9 percent) from the field, including 9 of 24 (37.5 percent) from 3-point range, and made 15 of 22 (68.2 percent) of their free throws.
MONROE CC (68)
Jackson 5-17 1-3 13, Henderson 5-12 8-8 22, Eaddy 5-11 3-5 13, Lawton 2-6 0-0 4, West 2-9 0-0 5, Harrison 3-7 1-2 9, Sarr 0-1 2-4 2. Totals 22-63 15-22 68.
JAMESTOWN CC (58)
Hettenbaugh 1-5 2-2 5, Rodenbaugh 1-2 0-0 2, Phelps 3-7 0-3 7, Johnson 9-14 2-2 20, Lynn 8-13 3-10 19, Boardman 0-0 0-0 0, Bennett 0-2 1-2 1, Zenns 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 24-47 8-19 58.
Monroe CC 17 13 14 24 — 68
Jamestown CC 18 12 13 15 — 58
3-point goals–Monroe CC 9-24 (Jackson 2-5, Henderson 4-9, Lawton 0-1, West 1-4, Harrison 2-5), Jamestown CC 2-5 (Hettenbaugh 1-2, Phelps 1-2, Bennett 0-1). Total rebounds–Monroe CC 32 (Eaddy 9), Jamestown CC 42 (Lynn 11). Assists–Monroe CC 10 (Eaddy 6), Jamestown CC 21 (Rodenbaugh 8). Total fouls–Monroe CC 17, Jamestown CC 19.