Lady Pioneers defeated by Walters State

The Vol State Lady Pioneers after their final game in the 2019 NJCAA Region Seven Tournament

Jim Hayes

After a play-in win over Dyersburg State Community College, the Volunteer State Community College Lady Pioneers were dropped from the TCCAA Division Region VII conference tournament with a 58-47 loss to the Walters State Community College Senators.

The games played on March 1 and 2, at Cleveland State Community College, ended the Pioneers’ season with a 5-11 conference record. They were 11-14 overall.

In the play-in game win, four Vol State players scored in double figures. Shayala Armstead led the Pioneers’ scoring with 19 points. Aliyah Miller scored 18 points and Tatiyana Lavender scored 15. Xavia Williams added another 11 points to round out the Pioneers’ double figure scorers. Continue reading

Vol State loss leaves overall record of 6-20

By Jim Hayes

Despite 45 points from freshman guards Tim Goodrich and Justin Goodson of the Volunteer State Community College Pioneers were bounced from the TCCAA Division Region VII conference tournament 83-85 by the Roane State Community College Raiders.

The game on March 1, at Cleveland State Community College, saw only one other Pioneer score in double figures, sophomore guard Jaden Chumley. Goodson scored 29 points, Goodrich 26 and Chumley scored 11 points. Continue reading

Pioneer women drop final home game of season

By Jim Hayes

Despite a near triple-double by guard Aliyah Miller, the Volunteer State Community College Lady Pioneers dropped a 83-72 decision to the Dyersburg State Community College Eagles last Saturday in Pickel Fieldhouse.

Miller’s 30-point, 11-rebound, 7-assist effort went to naught as only one other Vol State player, Kelsey Harriman, finished the game scoring in double figures.
“I thought we came out with a lot of energy, a lot of fire,” said Pioneer head coach Otis Key. “I probably made some decisions that could have been better, and some of my adjustments could have been better.”

“It was an emotional game,” said Key. “We had eight sophomores playing their last home game.” Continue reading

Vol State men win first road game of year

By Jim Hayes

Winning their first road game of the year, the Volunteer State Community College Pioneers upset the Columbia Sate Community College 76-73 Wednesday night at Columbia State Community College.

The win marked the first time the Chargers had lost on their home court this year and left Vol State with a 4-13 conference record heading into last Saturday’s final game on the road at last place Jackson State Community College.

The win did not have any effect on the Pioneer’s seeding for the conference tournament which begins next week at Cleveland State Community College. Cleveland State is 6-10 in conference play as of Thursday. Continue reading

Harriman explodes for 24 off of bench; keys Vol State’s 74-66 win

By Jim Hayes

Sophomore guard Kelsey Harriman exploded for 24 points, including 7 of 9 3-point shots, to give the Volunteer State Community College Ladies basketball team a 74-66 win over the Southwest Tennessee Community College Saluqi’s Wednesday night in Pickel Fieldhouse.

Harriman, last year’s nation-leading 3-point shooter, had lost her starting position after a season long slump and illness.

“I’m so happy and proud of that kid,” said Pioneer Head Coach Otis Key. “She’s been struggling all year and got sick a little bit in the middle of the year and has been fighting like heck to get back.” Continue reading