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Lady Knights overcome Orange CC 56-42!
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Middletown, NY to play the Colts of Orange County Community College on Wednesday. The Lady Knights defeated the Colts 56-42. With the victory the Lady Knights get their first win and improve to 1-2 on the season.
After e rough weekend in Maryland the Lady Knights came out ready to get their first victory. They took control of the game early by pressing and forcing turnovers which led the to a 16 point lead. From there, they got a little complacent and allowed the Colts to creep back into the game. The two teams traded baskets and the Colts went on a mini run to end the half only down by eight points with the score 30-22 CCRI. In the second half the Lady Knights again came out tough with plenty of defensive pressure and increased their lead again. Orange County battled to stay in the game but CCRI was able outlast them down the stretch to win by the comfortable 56-42 margin of victory.
Freshman Co-Captain Jahira Smith (Norwich, CT) charted her third double-double in three games with 16 points and 16 rebounds while adding five assists and three steals. Over the Lady Knights first three games Smith is averaging a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds per game. Smith was helped by Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT) with 15 points and nine rebounds with two assists and three steals followed by Jess Randall (Warwick, RI) who added nine points, seven rebounds, two assists and four steals. Overall the Lady Knights had a great team effort on the offensive and defensive sides of the court with 50 rebounds, 15 assists, 15 steals, and 29 deflections.
Head Coach Kate Lynch commented after the victory: “We had some contributions from everyone tonight. Everyone who checked-in did something positive both offensively and defensively. We still have some things we need to work on but I am proud of their effort. It was nice to get the first win under our belts, especially in another gym. We have to get used to playing on the road. We are going to be there a majority of the season.”
The Lady Knights’ next game will be next weekend when they travel to Mercer County Community College Trenton, NJ to compete in the Mercer Mixer. The Lady Knights will face Mercer County Friday the 25th at 2pm and then face No. 4 ranked (NJCAA DIII poll) Brookdale Community College Saturday the 26th at 12noon.