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Lady Knights lose to undefeated DI ASA 53-44
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the undefeated (7-0) Division I Avengers of ASA College on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Knights lost 53-44 to snap their eight-game win streak. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 8-3 on the season.
The Lady Knights knew they would be in for their toughest test so far this season against an undefeated ASA squad that featured five regulars who are six feet or taller. With their height and athleticism the Avengers average 19 steals, 18 assists, 53 rebounds a game and 75 points per game. Though they were up against a very tough opponent the Lady Knights played very hard in a losing effort, coming up just short to their Division I opponent but holding them to their lowest point total of the year with 53 points. However, the Lady Knights had a hard time putting the ball in the basket themselves scoring just 25 points in the first half and 19 in the second in a defensive battle on just 27% shooting from the floor. In addition, to their shooting percentage ASA out-rebounded the Lady Knights 48-27 and forced 24 turnovers. Those factors were too much for the Lady Knights to overcome. With both teams struggling from the floor the Lady Knights went into halftime trailing 25-27. The Lady Knights kept it close in the second half trailing just 40-39 with 6:57 left in the game but the size and athleticism of ASA would prove to be the difference as they held-off CCRI down the stretch to pull away for the 53-44 victory.
Leading the Way for the Lady Knights was Jahira Smith (Norwich, CT) scoring14 points with five rebounds, four steals and two assists. Smith was helped by Treedy Ward (Boynton, Beach, FL) with 11 points and five assists,Jenna Ayala (Patterson, NJ) with six points and six rebounds and Jess Randall (Warwick, RI) added six points four rebounds.
Head Coach Kate Lynch commented after the game: “We knew it was going to be a challenging game. They’re much bigger that we are. We really had to focus on the defensive end and be aware of our help side defense. I think we did a lot of positive things. We made a few mental errors in the last two minutes of the game that cost us a bit. I am happy with the effort. We had some people step-up off the bench.”
The Lady Knights next game will be Tuesday the 20th when they travel to Manchester, CT to play the Cougars of Manchester Community College in a Region XXI interdivisional match-up.