Every sports organization has one or two seasons where a team captures the hearts of their community and holds a special place with them forever. In the Delaware Valley, there are lifelong arguments over who garners more genuine love in the area, such as the Philadelphia Phillies teams of 1993 and 2008. On the campus of Cumberland County College, there is no argument as to who garners the genuine love of the community. The 2014-2015 Women's Basketball team and the 'Super Six' captured the community on its way to the first Region XIX title earned by a women's program at Cumberland County College.
Having just 6 active players, then-head coach, James Boney, employed a fast-paced high octane offense that lit the Cunningham Center on fire night after night. Of the 6 players, the Dukes were led by 5 sophomores and leading scorer, Jovan Childers, who would haul in 17.8 points per game along with 7 rebounds per game. Childers paired up with lone freshman, Sahara Lopez-Dublin, the provide the spark for the fastbreak offense and would be the engine for the Dukes all the way to a 25-3 record. Lopez-Dublin would be earn 17 points per game and would be followed by forward, Caroline Santiago, who averaged a double double, 15 points per game and 14 rebounds per game. Sophomore Tamyra Smith nearly averaged a double double with 10.7 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game with fellow sophomore Jasmine Miro producing 13.5 points per game. Iesha Watson, who played in all 28 contests for the Dukes, would provide strong minutes for the Dukes to round out the 'Super Six'.
Overall, the Dukes would average an eye-popping 80.2 points per game. However, it wasn't the scoreboard that lit up the campus during the 2014-2015 season. The ladies embodied the true spirit of Cumberland County. Despite having just 6 players, they pushed through adversity, physical and mental, to bring our community to the national stage. In the big picture, all it took was 6 empowered women to bring Cumberland County its first ever Region XIX title. For that, their dedication, effort, and sacrifice for the Navy & Gold cemented their place in our hearts forever.