The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Rams of the Naval Academy Prep School (NAPS) for a game on Wednesday. The Lady Knights defeated the Rams 81-54. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 13-5 on the season.
This was the second time the Lady Knights and Rams met this year with CCRI pulling out a 73-65 win earlier in the season. CCRI may have thought they would be in for an easier contest with NAPS playing without their top scorer Taylor Dunham who scored 45 in their last meeting. However, NAPS came read to play and jumped all over the Lady Knights with early leads of 11-2 five minutes into the game which they expanded to 17-6 by the 12:45 mark. Head Coach Brittany Brown called a time out to refocus her team and her message was received well. Over the next five minutes the Lady Knights rallied back to tie the score 19-19 spurred on by Co-Captain Allexia Barros (New Bedford, MA) who scored 11 points during that run on three 3-pointers. Jess Patalano (Exeter, RI) sank two free throws with 5:51 left ibn the half to give CCRI their first lead on the game. The Lady Knights quickly extended the lead to five points 26-21 with 4:15 left and kept that lead until halftime with the score 32-27.
In the second half the Lady Knights played tremendous defense which led to easy baskets as they expanded the lead to 20 points 55-35 by the 12:35 mark and never looked back as they pulled away to win by the final score on 81-54.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Co-Captain Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, NJ) who scored a team-high 22 points, including 18 in the second half, with two 3-pointers, six assist and five steals and Co-Captain Allexia Barros with 20 points, 17 in the first half, with four 3-pointers, two steals and two assists. Also having a big game for CCRI was Amber Edwards (Boston, MA) with a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Jess Patalano added 15 points including two 3-pointers with seven rebounds, and Jesse Ossian (Chandler, AZ) did a spectacular job distributing the ball and getting the hustle points scoring eight points with nine assist eight rebounds and five steals. Jackie Treglia from NAPS led all scorers with 27 points including four 3-pointers.
Co-Captains Allexia Barros and Ahnyyah Jackson are making their mark on the CCRI women’s basketball program as they make their presence felt in the all-time records list. Barros has 845 career points and is ranked No. 8 on the all-time scoring list just behind Jerilynn Johnson who had 849 for her career. Barros has a very good chance to be second on the all-time scoring list when it is all said and done with No.2 on the all-time Amanda Ward with 956 career points. Lexi is also about to make more history with her 3-point shooting: she is ranked No. 2 on the career list with 134 3-pointers trailing only Cassie Novicky with 145. In addition, she is No. 2 on the single-season 3-pointer list with 71 3-pointers this year, again trailing Novicky with 83 in 2010-11. Jackson is also making her mark with 682 career points ranking her 11th all-time ahead of Novicky with 672 who is now 12th, to crack the top 10 Jackson needs just 36 more points. Jackson is also on the all-time 3-point list ranking 3rd with 87 career 3-pointers. Look for both to continue their assault on the record books over their final six regular season games and into the postseason.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be this Saturday February 1st at 2:00pm when they will travel to New Rochelle, NY to play District rival Monroe College for an important northeast match-up.
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.