Three members of the Central Community College women's basketball team and its coach have received Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference (NCCAC) honors.
Sophomores Day zchay lon Gardner (left) and Alexis Ramaekers (second from left) along with freshman Monica Brooks (second from right) were placed on the NCCAC All-Conference team. CCC head coach Billy Perkins (right) earned Coach of the Year honors along with Kellen Fenetti, head coach of McCook Community College.
Gardner started in 22 games and averaged 12.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. She scored 20 or more points in four games.
"I challenged Day to transition positions from shooting guard to point guard and she did a good job adapting," said Perkins. "I am very proud of how she handled the transition and the growth I saw through the season."
Ramaekers started in 21 games and averaged 10.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. She shot 39 percent from the floor, 34 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent at the free throw line.
"Lexi is a basketball coach's dream because she comes to work, does not complain and just wants to win," said Perkins. "It is a true blessing for me to be able to have Lexi on the team as she set the standard for how we act on and off the court. While playing basketball, she managed to keep up with her nursing clinicals while maintaining a very high GPA."
Brooks started in 19 games and led the Raiders with 13.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. She also logged a team-best eight double doubles throughout the season.
"I had high expectations for Monica and she blew those expectations out of the water," said Perkins. "Monica is a great teammate and wants everyone to work hard and improve. Her academic success is just as important as her on-the-court success."
For Perkins, this is the second consecutive season he has received NCCAC Coach of the Year honors.
"While it is an honor to be named NCCAC Coach of the Year, it is a direct result of the players and their hard work," said Perkins. "I am very blessed to have coached this year's Raider women's basketball team. I felt like they bought into the system, played hard for each other and never quit playing or practicing."
The Raiders finished with an overall mark of 10-15 for the 2018-19 season.