On the road with ECCC's Lady Warriors …
When did you first believe?
This is the first in a series of stories about the Lady Warriors of East Central Community College as they participate in the NJCAA Women's National Basketball Championship this week.
By Marty Stamper/The Meridian Star
March 21, 2001
SALINA, Kan. Going into the Region 23 Tournament, Copiah-Lincoln was ranked No. 7 nationally, Meridian Community College was No. 21, and Jones had just won the MACJC state championship.
That didn't leave the Lady Warriors very high on the list of teams many thought could win the regional.
Today's question: When did you believe ECCC could win the Region 23 Tournament?
Quite a few ECCC players felt what Lady Warriors coach Sammy Pace labeled "an embarrassment," a 69-64 loss to Hinds in the first round of the MACJC South State Tournament, set the stage for ECCC's sparkling run through the regional. ECCC had beaten Hinds, which finished its season with only five wins, by 29 and 15 points during the regular season.
Some felt it was their destiny from the start of the 2000-2001 season.
Marty Stamper is a sports writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.