The CCRI Lady Knights’ basketball team traveled to Batavia, NY to compete in the Genesee Community College Holiday Tournament over the weekend. In their first game the Lady Knights faced the undefeated (13-0) Thunderwolves of Niagara County Community College from Sanborn, NY. The Lady Knights lost 78-74. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 7-2 on the season and the Thunderwolves improve to 14-0.
The Lady Knights knew they would be in for a tough battle versus the undefeated Thunderwolves who were much bigger than CCRI. In addition, the Lady Knights were playing without one of their top playmakers Jesse Ossian (Chandler, AZ). However, CCRI would not back down. In the first half the Thunderwolves utilized their size and athleticism to take a 16 point lead 44-28 into the halftime break.
In the second half the Lady Knights knew they had to dig deep to find an answer and that answer came in the form of their Co-Captain Allexia Barros (New Bedford, MA) who scored 19 of her game-high 27 points in the second half to spur a CCRI comeback. Trailing by 12 early in the second half the Lady Knights tallied 11 straight points, including two 3-pointers from Barros and back-to-back threes from Co-Captain Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, NJ) making the score 48-47 Niagara. The Thunderwolves would answer with basket from Kristine Ripson to give NCCC a 50-47 lead but Jackson sank another 3-pointer to tie the game 50-50. The Lady Knights went on a 6-2 run on two 3-pointers from Jess Patalano (Exeter, RI) and Barros to take a 56-52 lead, their largest of the game. Niagara would battle back to take a 73-67 lead late in the game. Making matters worse Barros had fouled out for CCRI, but the Lady Knights still had another comeback in them as they went on a 7-1 run capped by a 3-pointer from Lindsay Danise (Danbury, CT) to tie the game 74-74 with just little time remaining. Niagara scored the next basket to make the score 76-74 and with under a minute the Lady Knights had a chance to take the lead but the 3-point attempt by Jackson was off the mark. Niagara would score once more to win by the final score of 78-74. This was a great game, but a tough loss for the Lady Knights.
Leading the Way for CCRI was Co-Captain Lexi Barros with a game-high 27 points, including 7-11 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc and perfect 6-6 on free throws with four assists, four rebounds, and three steals. Also having a big game for the Lady Knights was Co-Captain Ahnyyah Jackson with 17 points including four 3-pointers, a game-high eight assists, four rebounds and a steal, Amber Edwards (Boston, MA) charted a big double-double with 12 points and 17 rebounds with three assists, two blocked shots and a steal, while Lindsay Danise added eight points and six rebounds.
The Lady Knights will face the host Genesee CC Sunday at 11am to conclude their play in the Holiday Tourney.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.
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