Going into this basketball season, the Cyclones knew they would have a winning record. They just didn’t realize it would coincide with a mile marker for head Coach Delwyn Jones. In the Cyclones’ 77-57 defeat of College of DuPage last night, Jones earned his 300th win.
Seventeen seasons ago, Jones was given head coaching duties of the women’s basketball team. Since then he’s led the team to nine conference championships, earned five Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year awards and was inducted into the Skyway Hall of Fame.
“What started out as a one-year experiment turned into 16 years. When I was first brought in with another co-coach, I thought about helping just a year or two and getting back to my teaching career, but I got hooked on working with that first year team,” Jones said. “Those were great early years despite the losses because I had kids who played hard, fought and helped keep Moraine Valley on the map. The fourth year we started to get some more raw talent and the wins came more frequently. It’s a pleasure to have the wins, but the experiences were with the players and all the assistant coaches I’ve worked with.”
The momentous win came without starters Michelle Borgen, Ashley Carroll and only the first half with Erin Drynan. Moraine Valley jumped out early, but didn’t pull away until the fourth quarter, leading by as much as 24.
Sharnita Breeze picked up any offensive slack, leading with 15 points. Ciarra Holloway added a season high 11 points while Taylor McGiles chipped in 10 points and led the Cyclones with eight rebounds. Chantel Brown had five assists in only 12 minutes.
The Cyclones are now 11-1 on the season with one more game before a two-week break.