The Tacoma Community College (TCC) men’s and women’s basketball teams have earned a spot in the AFAC tournament, which will be held March 17-20 and March 26-27 at the Walt Price Fitness Center at Everett Community College. The event will be streamed live on the AFAC website.
Titan women’s basketball team
Under head coach Jennifer Keyes, who has steadily built the women’s program over the past three years, the team has gone from an uneven start to a winning season.
“We’ve had some ups and downs since the season started in November, but we have a great group of kids who compete really hard and have bonded really hard over the last 6 months,” Keyes said. “I hope our experience and the magic of March Madness helps us win a tournament match or two!
Keyes is assisted by Keeshia Thomas and Shoni Pritchett, who played at the TCC from 2016 to 2018 and joined the team as a coach this season.
The team’s statistics managers are:
Freshman point guard, Shiho Isono, #20. Isono is an international student-athlete from Japan. In conference, she averages 19.3 points per game on 40% shooting from the field, 84% from the free throw line. With 3.9 interceptions, she is one of the Titans’ best defensemen.
Second-year guard, Adrienne Washington, #30. Washington is averaging 9.9 points per game on 40.3 percent shooting on goal in the conference and also contributing 7.9 rebounds and 2.6 steals. Adrienne will be graduating in the spring with her AA DTA. She also signed a scholarship with Eastern Oregon University where she will continue her career as a volleyball player.
Second year, Makanalani Montoya, #3. Montoya is contributing 7.6 points per game on 31.9 percent shooting and 84.6 percent from the free throw line. She has an assist-to-spin ratio of 1.1. Montoya is an exercise science major graduating in March and is a team captain.
Titan men’s basketball team
For the men’s team, the berth in the tournament could be an important step on the Titan’s path back to status as one of the most dominant programs in AFAC history. The team is led by head coach Rashi Wortham, a former Foss High School and Titan Basketball player who was part of the winning team in the TCC’s NWAC Tournament in 2002. Wortham is assisted by Turner Cagle, who played for Lincoln High School, and David Brown, who played professional basketball.
“Our guys played hard and trusted each other. They trusted the process,” Wortham said. “It’s hard to change the culture, but the guys really listen, they really rely on what I say, and they play as hard as they can.”
Wortham has relied on the core of solid players he found when he started coaching at TCC last year. He hopes to reestablish TCC as the hub of basketball talent in Tacoma.
“The pros, the overseas guys would come back out of season and play with us. Covid has changed that. This spring, if we can, I’d like the local players to come back. That the program isn’t just for TCC , but for the South Sound and Tacoma.
The team’s statistics managers are:
Jared Franklin, #33, 2n/aas a sophomore*, averaging 13 points and 8 rebounds.
Solomon McGuiness, #5, 3rd-sophomore year*, averaging 13 points and 7 rebounds.
Jourdan Joseph, #3, first year student
Alileyon Ford, #10, NWAC’s second-best 3-point shooter
“Our leadership comes from the defensive presence of our second point guard Bryce Parker,” Wortham said. “He keeps the best players day after day.”
*Athletes normally have two years of athletic eligibility to play at a community college. In 2020-21, athletes gained a third year of eligibility due to the pandemic.