College basketball: Waubonsee wraps up share of ISCC title
By Bill Kindt For Sun-Times Media February 21, 2013 10:12PM
Updated: February 21, 2013 10:36PM
If Dave Heiss wanted he could have sported an all-American gloat.
That’s not how Heiss, in his 28th year as head men’s basketball coach at Waubonsee Community College, is made up.
Even after wrapping up a share of a second straight Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference championship with a 93-63 pounding of McHenry Thursday night, Heiss, who will be inducted into the National Junior College Coaches Association Hall of Fame, thought of others.
“Obviously, my name’s on that but (it’s) a lot of people — Waubonsee, the administration, (athletic director) Dave Randall, assistant coaches and all the players,” Heiss said.
“It’s an honor but it’s not just my honor. A lot of people have helped me get to that point. It’s a Waubonsee honor. I didn’t do it by myself.”
His current group of Chiefs had no trouble in their regular season finale. WCC (23-7, 12-2) used a 27-5 splash early in the second half to dismantle McHenry (5-22, 1-13).
Five players hit double figures for the Chiefs. Tramell Weathersby had a double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds), Marcus Franklin had 14 points and nine rebounds, Nick Townes contributed 14 points and both Ronnie Smith (9 rebounds) and D.J. Vaughn had 13 points.
“I wasn’t real happy with the first half,” Heiss said. “We didn’t come out with a lot of energy.”
That changed with the huge run to start the final 20 minutes and left the Chiefs wondering about where they’ll be seeded and who they’ll play when the Region IV Tournament starts next week.
It is certain that Waubonsee will be seeded in the top three and will have a home game next Thursday. Moraine Valley will probably draw the No. 1 seed with the Chiefs No. 2.
“It’s anybody’s tournament,” Heiss said. “There’s no reason, if we take it one game at a time, that we can’t come out of there and go to the nationals.”
Waubonsee 56, McHenry 30 — The Chiefs finished the regular season on a high note with the rout of the Scots.
Sophomore Samantha Alvis led a balanced attack for WCC (13-17, 6-8) with 15 points, but freshman Katilyn Rosa had a double-double (12 points, 13 rebounds) and freshman LaDesha Nelson grabbed 13 rebounds.