After winning two out of their last three games, the Southeastern Community College Blackhawks will be back at home on Saturday to celebrate Sophomore Day.
They will honor the three sophomores they currently have on the roster, Andreisha Waller, Benedetta Morpurgo and Miah Shelby.
Head coach Jerry Jerome said the three have made a big impact on this team.
“I’m really proud of the sophomores, they’ve been great leaders for us,” Jerome said.
All three have started at least 26 games this year and Shelby leads the team in scoring at 14.8 points per game.
Waller follows just behind at 12 points per contest and also grabs a team high 7.2 rebounds. She had a team high eight boards in their most recent game against Iowa Central.
“Andreisha is a great rebounding guard,” Jerome said. “She really put in the effort last night.”
Morpurgo, who hails from Italy, is third on the team in scoring and is one of the top free throw shooters on this year’s squad.
Jerome said she is one of the people who has brought a lot with them to the team from her home, but has fit in well with everyone else
“You start that process the first day of practice, the first day of workouts, the first day of conditioning. You have to be kind of a family,” Jerome said in a past interview.
The Blackhawks will play against North Iowa Area Community College on Saturday and Jerome says it will be a big day for multiple reasons.
“Saturday’s going to be emotional, but it’s going to be fun. We’ve got a chance to knock off the number two team in the country, you know, but it’s going to take a Herculean effort,” Jerome said.
Currently, they sit at 17-12 on the season with Saturday’s game being the final one of the regular season.
With a win against NIACC and a loss by Iowa Central, SCC will land the fifth seed for the playoffs and head to Des Moines to play DMACC in the first round, or they will go to Iowa Lakes as the sixth seed with a loss.
With a spot in the playoffs guaranteed, Jerome said this will be a great opportunity to iron some things out against a very good team before the playoffs get started.
He is also excited because it is such a big game to close out the regular season.
“You know it’s gonna be a good crowd, you know they’re going to be good. It’s going to be electric in the gym. It’s Sophomore Day, it’s going to be emotional so now we got to control those emotions and get ready to play the number two team in the country,” Jerome said.
The game will tip off for SCC at 1 PM in Keokuk.