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Four Lady Knights earn All-Region XXI hoop honors!
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball season ended in the District Semi-finals with a 73-56 loss to Lackawanna College from Scranton, PA. But they did have four players earn All-Region XXI honors. They are: Jahira Smith (Norwich, CT), Jess Randall (Warwick, RI), Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, CT) and Krista Trenholm (Hope Valley, RI).
Freshman Co-Captain Jahira Smith earns her first All-Region XXI selection, exploded on the scene for the 2011-12 Lady Knights leading them in almost every statistical category while leading them to their 9th consecutive Region XXI title. Smith is the top scorer with 502 total points averaging 16.2 points per game where she is ranked No. 41 nationally, rebounds with 217 averaging seven rebounds per game, Smith set the single season record for assists with 183 total and 5.9 per game, blowing away the former record of 156 by Nicole Girard in 2008-09, she is also ranked No. 14 nationally in assists nationally. Smith recorded an impressive 11 double-doubles and one triple-double in her 31 games played. In addition, she tied the single-game assist record when she recorded 14 versus Orange County CC on January 21st, a record she shares with Jessica Aldrich in 1994 and Jen Rado in the 2001-02 season. Lastly, she crushed the CCRI steals record out of the water with 110 steals so far averaging 4.2 per game ranking her No. 8 in the Nation while crushing the former record of 93 held by Lauren Harrington in the 2008-09 season. Making Smith’s numbers even more impressive is that she plays on a very young team with only one sophomore and she moved from playing shooting guard to point guard mid-season and did not miss a beat. Lady Knights’ Head Coach Kate Lynch commented: “Jahira has set records in multiple categories. She is already on her way to becoming one of the best players to come out of CCRI. I am really excited to see what she can do in the coming years. What has impressed me the most with ‘Jah’ is her maturity and unselfishness on and off of the floor. ‘Jah’ has been a leader for us all year and a consummate team player. She gets her teammates involved on the floor and raises the bar every day.”
Freshman Jess Randall was another freshman to earn All-Region XXI honors and was an important piece to the Lady Knights starting five for the 2011-12 Lady Knights squad. Randall ended the season as their second leading scorer averaging 11.9 points per game with 6.8 rebounds 1.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Her season-high scoring came in a game versus Nassau County College where she exploded for 36 points with seven rebounds and two steals. She was one of the Lady Knights most versatile players. Randall began the season playing the power forward and ended playing small forward due to that versatility. She is able to step back and hit a 3-pointer as well as mix it up down low if the match-up dictated it. Coach Lynch commented “Jess really stepped up for us. She was playing out of position for more than half of the season and she just kept improving. Jess was a big part of our emotional spark on the floor. She plays with a lot of passion and confidence. Those are qualities that I look for in a player and I certainly look forward to even more from her next season.”
Freshman Nyjah Porcher, another freshman All-Region XXI selection, was probably the most athletic of all the Lady Knights, possessing tremendous explosiveness and a quick burst with or without the ball. Porcher averaged 10 points per game with seven rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game for the Lady Knights. Her and Smith’s quickness made it very uncomfortable for opposing guards and with their thievery would create many fast break opportunities for themselves and their teammates. Porcher was another player not afraid to step-back and sink a 3-pointer as well as being able to outleap opponents inside to garner rebounds. She got better and better with each game leading to her being named NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Player of the Week for the week of March 7th. Coach Lynch added: “Nyjah kept getting better for us all year. If she is not scoring, she is rebounding. If she is not rebounding she is assisting her teammates. ‘Ny’ had a breakout regional tournament for us culminating in a well-deserved National Player of the Week award. Nyjah will do some really good things for us next season. I am excited to see her progress and grow.”
Freshman Krista Trenholm rounds-out the four freshman All-Region XXI selections for the Lady Knights as was a skilled offensive post player for CCRI. Trenholm had two double-doubles with 17 points and 10 rebounds versus Niagara and 19 points and 12 rebounds versus Roxbury CC. Trenholm was another important piece to the Lady Knights’ success this year whether it be scoring that needed point or grabbing a needed rebound. Coach Lynch added: “Krista played a good role for us this year. She was able to come in off of the bench and give us a lot of productive minutes. When we played bigger opponents, she rarely shied away. She always gives her best effort in practice and in games. We can’t ask for more from our players.”