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BCC Women Seeking Success as Three Challenging Games Loom
December 4, 2012 - The message Brevard Community College head women's basketball coach Renee Bellamy is conveying to her team is simple: don't be afraid of success.
"With the talent on the team, you guys have to have the confidence that you are good, that you're capable of doing what it is we set out to do, what the goals are," Bellamy said she told her team.
BCC is 2-6 and losers of three straight heading into a stretch of three games in three days beginning with Thursday's 7 p.m. home match-up with powerful Chipola College at the Melbourne Campus gym. Then it's off to Daytona State College for a 6 p.m. Friday game against the hosts and a noon Saturday game against Hillsborough Community College.
The games, especially being played back-to-back-to-back, will test BCC's mettle to the core. After all Chipola is 11-1 heading into its Wednesday game at Palm Beach State; Daytona is 7-3 and Hillsborough is 4-4 heading into its Wednesday game against Clearwater Christian.
The games set the table for what really matters: the 15 Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference match-ups beginning with the Saturday, Jan. 5 visit by Broward College.
"I expressed to them they have seven games prior to our first conference game and we've got to get everybody on the same page and get everyone playing well prior to that," Bellamy said.
And one way to do that is to play with emotion, heart and hustle.
"To me the energy level was starting to actually go downhill," Bellamy said of her team. "If they don't show a little bit more energy on the defensive end that is something that is going to carry over to the offensive end.
"If they are up and they've got the energy level and they're hyped as far as being on defense that can be contagious and actually help us. I told them 'you have to have fun when you're out there playing. Basketball is a very fun sport. But if you're not having fun when you're out there, then why are you here?'
"That's the ultimate goal. You've got to play defense. You have to have a level of intensity. I'm trying to get you to understand what that level is."
Sophomore co-captain Shaneece Stephens is leading BCC in scoring, averaging 15.1 points per game, the only player in double figures. Sophomore co-captain Kasie Berry leads in rebounding averaging 4.8 per game, followed closely by freshman Nia Frederick with 4.6.
The women conclude the 2012 portion of their schedule with three games: the Dec. 14-15 Lady Titan Classic in the Melbourne Campus gym where they play Shelton State Community College of Alabama at 8 p.m. on Dec. 14 and ASA College of New York City at 5 p.m. on Dec. 15; and a Dec. 28 road game at Hillsborough.
Admission to the Classic games is $5 for adults and $3 for youth 17 and under.