Lady Knights off to strong start
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Groton, Conn. last Tuesday to play the Pointers of the University of Connecticut at Avery Point in a Region XXI non-league game. The Lady Knights defeated the Pointers 92-56. With the victory, the Lady Knights improved to 5-0 on the season and 1-0 in Region XXI play.
The Lady Knights dominated for the beginning of the game to the end. They led 46-26 at halftime and came out of the halftime break with a 14-2 run to extend their lead to 32 points and never looked back.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was freshman Alison Littles (Holyoke, Mass.), scoring 18 points with 16 rebounds, eight blocked shots and three assists.
Littles was followed by another freshman, Lexi Barros (New Bedford, Mass.), who came off the bench to score a game-high 20 points, including three 3-pointers with three assists and three steals. The CCRI sophomore corps also played very well, led by captain Jahira Smith (Norwich, Conn.), who scored 17 points including a game-high four 3-pointers with six steals and six rebounds. Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, Conn.) charted another double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds while adding four steals and three assists, and Treedy Ward (Boynton Beach, Fla.) added seven points, four rebounds and a game-high nine assists.
"We had a very good second half,” CCRI head coach Kate Lynch said. “We came out strong and kept our intensity the rest of the way. We got contributions from everybody whether it was offensively or defensively"”
The Lady Knights next game will be this Saturday at 2 p.m. when they will travel to Newport to play the Rams of the Naval Academy Preparatory School.
Lady Knights cruise past Allegheny
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team continued play in the Frederick Community College Invitational on Sunday, taking on the Cougars of the Community College of Allegheny County. The Lady Knights easily handled the Cougars 108-60. With the victory the Lady Knights improved to 4-0 on the season.
The Lady Knights and Cougars played tough defense in the first half as the combined to generate 24 turnovers: 11 created by CCRI and 13 for Allegheny.
However, the Lady Knights were able to share the ball well and combined for 10 first half assists to build a 50-35 halftime lead. In the second half, CCRI began to break the game open as they outscored the Cougars 58-25 to cruise to the victory. The Lady Knights more than made up for their turnovers shooting at an astounding 53-percent from the field, 50-percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 78-percent from the free throw line.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, Conn.) who registered a monster double-double, scoring 35 points while ripping down 17 rebounds. Porcher was not the only CCRI player playing well, as captain Jahira Smith (Norwich, Conn.) added 17 points, seven assists, three steals and three blocked shots and Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, N.J.) scored 25 points, including a game-high four 3-pointers.
Also playing well was Alison Littles (Holyoke, Mass.), who also had a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds while adding three assists, three steals and a whopping eight blocked shots. Captain Jess Randall (Warwick) added 11 points, with two 3-pointers while sophomore guards Treedy Ward (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and Moe Plummer (Fairfield, Conn.) combined for 13 assists.
"Overall I think we had a very successful weekend,” CCRI head coach Kate Lynch said. “Of course there are still things we need to work on and get better at, but I am very pleased with the effort, intensity, and focus."
Seven Lady Knights earn All-Region soccer honors
The CCRI Lady Knights’ soccer team had another excellent year, posting an impressive 10-5-2 record to capture their 12th consecutive Region XXI Title. In addition, the Lady Knights made it to the District E Championship game where they fell to District rival Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y. Though they fell in that game, the Lady Knights did recently receive some great news with seven Lady Knights being named to the All-Region XXI team. They were: sophomore captain Cait McGarry (Warwick), sophomore captain Britt LeClair (Westerly), sophomore Jess Sandin (Warwick), freshman Paige Oram (Burrillville), freshman Erin Rodriguez (Tiverton), Freshman Betti Worth (Manchester, England) and freshman Alex Place (East Greenwich).
McGarry earned her second All-Region XXI honor. McGarry led the Lady Knights in scoring both years she played. In her sophomore campaign she was tied for team-high with 11 goals and a team-leading 18 assists for 40 total points. The 18 assists, is tied for third on the CCRI all-time assist list. In her freshman year, she had 10 goals and a team-leading 14 assists for 34 total points. For her career she had 21 goals and is ranked second all-time with 32 assists and ranked No .8 on the CCRI All-time scoring list with 74 total points.
Sandin also earned her second All-Region XXI honor. In her sophomore campaign, she was tied with McGarry for team lead with 11 goals and added two assists for 24 total points. As a freshman, Sandin led the Lady Knights with 11 goals and added six assists for 28 total points, which ranked her second on the team. For her career, Sandin had 22 goals and eight assist for 52 total points.
LeClair was another very important part of the Lady Knights success over the past two years. LeClair scored eight goals with eight assists as a sophomore for 24 total points.
Oram was a key addition to the 2012 Lady Knights’ soccer squad and was ranked third on the team with eight goals while adding three assists and fourth on the team with 21 total points.
Worth was undoubtedly the most physical, vocal and intense player on the 2012 Lady Knights’ team. Worth, a prized recruit from Manchester, England was always there to pick her teammates up and she regularly set the tone with physical play in the center of the soccer pitch. Worth also contributed on the box score scoring seven goals with three assists for 17 total points.
Rodrigues was the sweeper on the 2012 Lady Knights squad and continued the long line of successful sweepers at CCRI. The Lady Knights are always prideful of their defense and this year was no exception. Rodrigues was the last line of defense before the keeper and she helped the Lady Knights keep seven clean sheets throughout the 2012 season. In addition, she also added an assist and one total point to the Lady Knights’ offense.
Place was a monster in net for the Lady Knights. She a great freshman campaign with seven shutouts and made over 100 saves during the 2012 season.
Four Knights earn All-Region soccer honors
The CCRI Knights had a good season with a 5-8-2 overall record and 5-2-1 record in Region XXI play. The Knights narrowly missed the Region XXI tournament after a hard-fought 2-1 loss to the region rival Bulldogs of Dean College on October 20th. Though the Knights did not make it to the post season they did have four players earn post season awards: captain midfielder Manny Alves (Pawtucket), sophomore midfielder Servi Barrientos (Providence) and freshman defender Preston Kar (Providence) earned First Team All-Region honors while freshman defender Ian Duncan (Barrington) earned Honorable Mention All-Region honors.
Alves, a sophomore midfielder, served as a two-year captain for the Knights’ soccer team and earned his second All-Region XXI honor in as many years. Alves was responsible for taking many free kicks and provided tremendous leadership for the Knights squad during his two years of service. In his freshman year, Alves participated in 12 games scoring three goals with two assists for eight total points. In his sophomore campaign he added an assist to give him nine career points in 14 games played.
Barrientos is earned his first All-Region XXI honor, during his sophomore campaign he led the Knights in scoring with four goals and one assist for nine total points.
As a freshman, Barrientos was tied for the lead in scoring with four goals with four assist for 12 total points.
Kar and Duncan burst upon the scene to bolster the Knights defense, which was definitely their strong suit. The Knights will look to lean on their experience build upon the success of their two talented defenders in 2013.