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The resurgence of the Triton College women's basketball team was a great source of pride for the school and the community this season. The Trojans finished with a 23-10 record, their first 20-plus win season since 2003. The team's great play earned them a berth in the Region IV District D championship game at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove earlier this month.
One of the driving forces behind the Trojans' turnaround season was the presence of first-year head coach Kellee Robertson. Under her watch, the program improved by 18 wins from the previous season. Robertson was unanimously named North Central Community College Conference (N4C) Coach of the Year.
"What you put into this is what you'll get out of it, that's how we looked at the season, and we put a lot of work into it. I'm very proud of our girls for that," said Robertson.
On the floor, the talented group was led by the strong play of freshman forward Coleanna Funches (Proviso West) who averaged 15.8 points and 14.3 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Alondra Chavarria (Leyden) tallied 14.1 points, 4.8 assists and 4.7 steals per game for the Trojans. Sophomore guard Tashianna Walton (Proviso West) led the team in scoring with 18.1 points per game.
Sophomore Candace Madison (Proviso West) has verbally committed to play basketball at Lane College in Tennessee next season. Madison will receive an Associate of Arts degree from Triton this spring and plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in business.
Walton has received offers from several schools to play basketball and hopes to finalize her plans soon. Sophomores Courtney Marshall (Oak Park-River Forest) and Aarielle Price (Michelle Clark) also hope to continue their collegiate basketball careers next season.
Congratulations to the ladies and the coaching staff on their great season, in which they earned several individual honors and set school records.
NJCAA District D All-Tournament selections: Tashianna Walton and Coleanna Funches
NJCAA District D All-Region 1st Team selection: Coleanna Funches
NJCAA District D All-Region 2nd Team selection: Alondra Chavarria
1st Team All-N4C Conference selection: Coleanna Funches
2nd Team All-N4C Conference selection: Tashianna Walton
School Records Set
Career Points Scored: Candace Madison (Proviso West), third all-time with 980 points.
Most Rebounds, Single Season: Coleanna Funches, 429
Most Steals, Single Season: Alondra Chavarria, 149
Most Blocks, Single Season: Taylor Pate (Proviso West), 129
Most Blocks, One Game: Taylor Pate, 11 vs. Morton
The Triton College women's basketball team was recognized by the Triton College Board of Trustees for their great season during the board's monthly meeting Tuesday, March 15.
(L-R) So. Aarielle Price, So. Courtney Marshall, Head Coach Kellee Robertson, Triton College President Mary-Rita Moore, Fr. Taylor Pate, Triton College Board of Trustees Chairman Mark Stephens, So. Tashianna Walton, So. Candace Madison, Fr. Coleanna Funches and Assistant Coach Joshua Jackson
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