The legend of Tompkins Cortland Community College sophomore Jaida Washington (Elmira/Elmira H.S.) continues to grow. After plastering her name throughout the record books during her two seasons on the court, Washington is continuing to pile up postseason honors. Just days after becoming the first player in the history of Panthers women’s basketball to become a two-time all-conference selection, Washington has added two more firsts. Washington was voted to the All-Region III First Team, becoming the first player in program history to be named to the first team. It is also Washington’s second year on any all-region team, making her the first player in program history to be a two-time all-region selection. Voting for all-region honors was done by coaches from the 16 teams in Region III.
Tompkins Cortland Community College sophomore Jaida Washington (Elmira/Elmira H.S.) is the first player in the history of Panthers women’s basketball to become a two-time all-conference selection. Washington was named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference women’s basketball all-conference team for 2017-18, matching her freshman year accomplishment. Voting for the award is done by the coaches from the seven MSAC programs. Ten players were named to the team.
Beating the same team twice in four days is a tough task under any circumstance. When the opponent is one of the top teams in the region, it becomes even more difficult. That was the challenge facing the Tompkins Cortland Community College women’s basketball team when the Panthers traveled to Syracuse Tuesday to take on the Onondaga Community College Lazers in the quarterfinal round of the NJCAA Region III playoffs, just days after beating the Lazers in the Mid-State Athletic Conference tournament. Tuesday’s result wasn’t as good for the #5-seed Panthers as the #4-seed Lazers took the game by a 77-61 final. The loss ends the season for the Panthers with a record of 16-10.
Playing in the Mid-State Athletic Conference championship game for the first time in program history, the Tompkins Cortland Community College women’s basketball team came painstakingly close to winning the title. The Panthers took top-seed Finger Lakes Community College to the wire before falling 64-61 Saturday. The Panthers finish as MSAC runner-up, the team’s best ever conference finish.
The third time really is the charm, at least for the Tompkins Cortland Community College women’s basketball team. The Panthers took to the floor Friday playing in the Mid-State Athletic Conference semifinals for the third straight year, each time against Onondaga Community College. It was also the third time this season the Panthers have squared off with the Lazers, and in each of the previous meetings, the Panthers came up short. But on this day, Tompkins Cortland finally broke through, putting it all together for one of the biggest wins in the history of the program. Tompkins Cortland beat Onondaga 57-46 to earn a trip to the conference championship game for the first time. The Panthers will now play Finger Lakes Community College Saturday at noon for the MSAC title. The entire MSAC tournament is being hosted by Finger Lakes.
The Tompkins Cortland Community College women’s basketball team proved it can play with anyone Tuesday as the Panthers closed out the regular season Tuesday with a tough 64-60 loss to Finger Lakes Community College. The Panthers end the regular season with a mark of 15-8 overall and 7-5 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference.