Warwick, R.I. – December 5, 2016: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Pointers of the UConn-Avery Point on Sunday for a Region XXI non-league game. The Lady Knights lost to the Pointers 81-73. With the loss CCRI falls to 5-5 overall and 2-1 in Region XXI play.
Both teams came out of the gate hard and scoring at will on each other with neither team gaining a clear advantage with the score 17-16 CCRI late in the first quarter. UCAP closed the first scoring the final eight points to take a 25-17 lead after one quarter. In the second quarter UCAP extended their lead as they remained shooting well led by their leading scorer Tatyana LaFrance- Boyce who came into the game averaging 32.5 ppg, LaFrance-Boyce scored 12 of the Pointers’ 22 second quarter points to give them a comfortable 46-27 lead going into half.
In the second half Co-Captain Kelsey Hernandez (New Britain, CT) had bay far her best quarter of her young collegiate career as she single handedly kept CCRI alive in this game. Hernandez was on a mission scoring 18 of the Lady Knights 25 third quarter points including scoring 14 in a row for CCRI which included two 3-pointers. Only thing going wrong for CCRI was they could not stop forward Taleeha Green who scored 12 of her 25 points in the third quarter to try and keep up with Kelsey. However, Hernandez’s effort helped cut the UCAP lead to 13 points with the score 65-53 by the end of the third. Once again the Lady Knights outscored UCAP in the final quarter 21-16 led by seven from Hernandez and six points from both Co-Captain Mackenzie Brayman (North Stonington, CT) and D’Asia Allen (Providence, RI) who both sank two 3-pointers apiece. CCRI’s comeback effort was valiant but not enough to get them the victory as they fell by the final count of 81-73.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Co-Captain Kelsey Hernandez who led CCRI in every statistical category with a career-high 30 points, including four 3-pointers, with a career-high nine rebounds, a career-high nine assists while adding three steals. Also having a very good game was Tiondra Hands (Del Ray Beach, FL) who scored eight points with seven assists, five rebounds and two steals, Mercedes Faust (Warwick, RI) with eight points and seven rebounds and Co-Captain Mackenzie Brayman who added 11 points with three rebounds and a steal. Rounding out the CCRI attack was D’Asia Allen with eight points including two 3-pointers and Dionna Jackson (Harriston, MS) with eight points, five rebounds and three steals.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Tuesday the 6th when they travel to Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA for a game at 7pm.
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