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.
Schedules and Scores
Playing basketball at Clearwater has been an amazing opportunity, because I have made so many great memories and
great friends by being on the team. God has blessed me by being a part of the women's basketball team, because
I get to be involved with a great group of girls that strive to honor and glorify God above all else. Playing
basketball is so much fun, but it is also a great way to grow closer to God. The team has devotions every day
before practice, and we all get to share with each other what God is doing in our lives. Whether we win or lose,
the praise goes to God, and ultimately that is all that matters.