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Lady Knights downed by Indian River 66-52
The CCRI Lady Knights continued in Florida by traveling to Fort Pierce to play their third game of four versus the Pioneers of Indian River State College. The Lady Knights lost the Pioneers 66-52. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 10-6 on the season.
The Lady Knights stayed with the Pioneers for the first five minute of the game with the score 10-7 but Indian River quickly extended their lead to 13 points over the next five minutes with the score 25-12. The Pioneers played an active defense while running their fast break on any missed shot or turnover. Unfortunately for the Lady Knights their effort was there but they had a tough shooting night from the floor shooting just 27% for the game. Indian River extended their lead to 33-18 by halftime. The Lady Knights fell behind by as much as 21 in the second half but to their credit, and though their shots were not falling in they never gave in and battled back outscore the Pioneers in the second half 34-33 to cut the final lead to 14 points by the end of the game with the final score of 66-52.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Jahira Smith (Norwich, CT) scoring 13 points including two 3-pointers with five assists, four steals and four rebounds followed by Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT) with 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Also helping the Lady Knights was Jess Randall (Warwick, RI) with 10 points, four rebounds and two assists, Jenna Ayala (Paterson, NJ) scoring seven points with three rebounds, two assists a blocked shot and an offensive charge taken. Rounding out the CCRI attack was Co-Captain Lauren Masse (Woonsocket, RI) who helped the Lady Knights close the scoring gap in the second half with two 3-pointers on 2-4 shooting from behind the arc.
After the game Head Coach Kate Lynch commented: "We made some big strides today. It is the best we have played collectively thus far. I am very proud of them. We played 40tough minutes and we never gave up. "We have been talking about the little things; sprinting back on defense, boxing-out, talking through everything on the defensive end, and playing a full 40 minutes. We did what we needed to do defensively. If we hadn't shot such a poor percentage, the outcome may have been much different."
The Lady Knights have Saturday off and will finish their four-game swing by traveling to St. Petersburg, FL to play the very formidable St. Petersburg College (16-2) at 4:00pm.