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SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (March 15, 2010) – For the fourth consecutive year, the Tidewater Community College Women’s Basketball team – Lady Storm – captured the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Conference Tournament crown. Head Coach Curtis McGill’s Lady Storm worked through a challenging season to win the conference again.

[To see TCC Storm game news on video, go to Youtube: TCC alumnus Joe Cook volunteered his time and expertise to capture plays and interviews this season.]

Lady Storm Defeat NOVA; Capture Fourth Consecutive Crown

They say it's easier to get to the top, than it is to stay at the top. This weekend (March 13-14), the TCC Lady Storm proved once again they have what it takes to be head of the class of the VCCS Women's Basketball Conference. On Sunday, TCC defeated the Lady Raiders from Northern Virginia Community College, 53-51, to win their fourth consecutive VCCS Conference Championship. After pummeling Southside Virginia Community College in Saturday's semifinal game, the Lady Storm would have to take down NOVA to retain the title of Conference Champion.

The Lady Storm received a huge lift from sophomore guard Ashley Miles. Miles, the Tournament's Most Valuable Player, led the way offensively. In what will go down as a classic, Miles made the go-ahead basket with less than 1 minute left in the game. The Lady Storm would collect three offensive rebounds and a steal to seal the victory.

Coach McGill and his Lady Storm have now reigned over women’s basketball in the VCCS for four years. The team has built on experiences and lessons of the past to earn the accomplishments of the present and head for a bright future. 

Storm Come Up Short Against SVCC

This one hurt, physically and emotionally. The Storm lost in the Championship Game of the 2010 VCCS Conference Tournament on Sunday afternoon to Southside Virginia Community College. The patience and progress which had been the trademark of the men’s season was on display as the Storm showed extremely well throughout the weekend. On Friday afternoon, the Storm dismantled Northern Virginia Community College by close to 30 points. Saturday evening saw TCC hold off a valiant effort by Germanna Community College to make it to the Championship game.


Sunday's contest against SVCC would test the Storm in every way. They saw the Panthers take an early 10-point lead, and watch that lead grow as high as 20 during the first half. The Storm cut the deficit to 12 going into the half. TCC seemed renewed as they left the locker room and quickly cut the margin in half. The entire second half would provide a wave of emotions as the Storm got ever so close to capturing the lead. In the end, however, the Storm would fall short to the Panthers.

TCC’s efforts would not go without reward. Byron Carpenter was named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player and teammates Jared Whittington and Terrence Palmer were named to the All Tournament Team.

Virginian-Pilot sports columnist Bob Molinaro noted TCC's season win.


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - will serve a projected 46,000 students in 2009-10. The 15th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit