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Season Review (2012-2013)


Many words could describe the 2012-2013 Clearwater Christian College Women's Basketball season,
but one word sticks out as the most fitting - injuries.

Coming into the season, the team was looking to build upon their best-ever 4th place finish in the
national tournament in 2012, but it wouldn't take long for the reality of the difficulty of that goal would
come rushing into view. After some attrition for the previous season, the Lady Cougars were left with a
total of 10 players - four of which were playing soccer and another who was limited due to an injury
from a previous season. Then, immediately before the first game of the season, 6'2" center, Savannah
Jelsma, suffered a severe ankle injury and was lost for the season. However, despite a rocky beginning
to the season, when the team was united at the conclusion of the soccer season, the Lady Cougars
quickly began to work toward their goal of claiming a third straight regional title.

While the Lady Cougars failed to win a single non-NCCAA II game, they continued to develop and were
able to claim a second seed in the regional tournament after going 4-2 in the South Region during the
regular season. Shortly before the regional tournament, Grace Thomas went down with a sprained knee
that took her out for the rest of the season. Two weeks later, Tori Hale sprained her thumb in practice
and her wrist in the last regular season game of the year. These injuries would nag at the team for the
remainder of the season.

In the regional semi-finals, the Lady Cougars faced a scrappy Piedmont Baptist without the services of
their leading scorer, Tori Hale. Several players stepped up, including Senior Tiffany Pack and Sophomore
Cassie Foster, to claim a 56-39 win and move into the Regional Finals against #1 seed Trinity Baptist
College. Unfortunately, in the final minutes of the semi-final game, Freshman Brooke Buffaloe suffered
a torn ACL.

Going into the regional finals, the Lady Cougars knew that they would have their hands full against a
talented Trinity Baptist College team, especially with the injuries that had been suffered. The team
fought hard but was unable to come up with the win as their season closed with a 38-71 loss.

This season, the Lady Cougars said farewell to Tiffany Pack and Alyssa Zallie. Both were instrumental in
the success of the Clearwater Christian College women's basketball program's success during their time
at CCC, and their contributions to the program do not go without notice.

Players receiving recognition for their efforts during the season were:

Tori Hale: NCCAA II Second Team All-American, NCCAA II First Team All-Region

Tiffany Pack: NCCAA II Second Team All-Region

Bekah Misiura: NCCAA II Second Team All-Region

Alyssa Zallie: NCCAA II Honorable Mention All-Region

Before the conclusion of the 2012-2013 season, several players had already indicated that they were
interested in being part of 2013-2014 Lady Cougars basketball team, and the team is excited to rebuild
as they seek to reclaim the regional title.

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One of CCC's most decorated athletes, Tori is a junior biology major. "Having transferred to Clearwater in the middle of my sophomore year, I was very uneasy about the new environment I would soon be entering. However, the Lord made this transition extremely easy. Spiritually, the family environment has allowed me to create friendships that have challenged me in my walk with Christ. Academically, the teacher's personal desire is for each student to perform at his highest potential so they are willing to help each student outside the classroom. Athletically, the Lord has allowed me to be a part of the college's soccer and basketball teams. As I look back, it's obvious to see that transferring to CCC was one of the best decisions that I have made for my spiritual, emotional and academic well-being."