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Lady Knights fall to Roxbury 72-64
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Roxbury, MA to play the No. 4 ranked (NJCAA DIII poll) Tigers of Roxbury Community College for a match-up between the two top teams in Region XXI. The Lady Knights lost to the Tigers 72-64. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 12-9 on the season and 4-1 in Region XXI play.
After a frenetic first half pace, CCRI was tied 30-30 with 30 seconds remaining in the half. After a miscue down the floor the Tigers were able to connect on a lay-up as time expired giving them a 32-30 halftime advantage. The frenetic pace continued in the second half. Roxbury capitalized on several errant passes and turnovers from the Lady Knights to keep the game close. CCRI led the game on three different occasions by as many as six points. However, mental lapses in the final two minutes of the game proved costly for the Lady Knights as they faltered down the stretch to lose by the final score of 72-64.
The Lady Knights were paced by Krista Trenholm (Hope Valley, RI) who finished with a double-double consisting of a game-high 19 points on 8-15 shooting from the floor with 12 rebounds while adding two blocked shots and an assist. Co-Captain Jahira Smith (Norwich, CT) chipped in with 16 points, seven steals, four assists and four rebounds. Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT) collected nine points, six rebounds and three assists. Jenna Ayala (Paterson, NJ) finished with seven points, 12 boards, blocked three shots with two assists and two steals and Jess Randall (Warwick, RI) added eight points, nine rebounds, two steals and a n assist.
Head Coach Kate Lynch commented after the game: "We made mental mistakes in the last minute and a half. You can't do that against a team like Roxbury. We didn't do a very good job of closing the lane. They're very quick and are good at getting into the paint. We focused a lot on that in practice, but had too many mental lapses."
The Lady Knights have no time to rest as they travel to Garden City, NY to play the undefeated No. 8 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) Lions of Nassau Community College for a game Saturday at 1pm.