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Lady Knights fall to No. 18 ranked Monroe in Region Semi's 83-70
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to New Rochelle, NY to compete in the Region XXI/XV Regional Tournament. The Lady Knights were the no. 3 seed and faced No. 2 seed Mustangs of Monroe College in the semi-finals. CCRI fell to Monroe 83-70. With the loss the Lady Knights’ season ends with a 16-9 overall record and 5-2 Record in Region XXI play. In the other regional semi-final No.1 seed Dean College defeated the No. 4 seed Colts of Orange County CC 81-76. With the victory Dean College wins the Region XXI championship for the first time since 2003 and earns the right to host the District N/O championship next weekend. The teams in the District Tourney will be: No. 1 seed Dean College (host), No. 3 seed Monroe College, No. 2 seed Essex CC, and No. 4 seed Manor College. Games will be Dean vs. Manor and Monroe vs. Essex. The winners of the semi-final games will advance to the National Tourney at Johnson County CC in Overland Park, KS.
The Lady Knights started the game very well taking a seven point lead with 16:06 mark of the first half on a 3-pointer form Co-Captain Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, NJ). CCRI extended their lead to 11 points twice, the second time on a fast break lay-up from Co-Captain Allexia Barros (New Bedford, MA) making the score 32-21 with 5:44 remaining in the half. However from there Monroe went on to close the half with a 15-2 run to take a 36-34 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half the game remained with the Mustangs clinging onto a four to six point lead. But with 13:43 remaining CCRI tied the game 46-46 on a lay-up from Lexi Barros. Then CCRI took a two point lead, 48-46 on another lay-up from Barros. Monroe battled back to regain the lead, spurred on by the play of their center Eli Rojas who got hot from inside the paint and her size was just too much for CCRI to handle to give Monroe a six point cushion 58-52 with seven minutes remaining. CCRI once again cut the lead to just two points 66-64 with 3:10 remaining in the game after two free throws from Amber Edwards (Boston, MA). But like the first half Monroe was able to close the game with an impressive 17-6 run to pull-away and win by the final score of 83-70.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Co-Captain Allexia Barros with a double-double including a game-high 21 points, including two 3-pointers, with 10 rebounds four steals a blocked shot and an assist. Barros was helped by Co-Captain Ahnyyah Jackson who added 18 points, including two 3-pointers with two steals. Also helping CCRI was, Amber Edwards who also had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds with two blocked shots and two steals, Jesse Ossian (Chandler, AZ) with 11 points, five assists and two rebounds.
Lexi Barros ends her illustrious CCRI career with 988 career points, No. 2 on the CCRI All-time scoring list behind only Jahira Smith who scored 1,057 from 2011 to 2013. In addition, Lex ends her career as the single season 3-point leader with 92 this season breaking the record that was held by Cassie Novicky (’11). Barros also holds the career 3-point record with 156 to best the mark also set by Novicky of 145. The Lady Knights’ other Co-Captain Ahnyyah Jackson also made her mark in the CCRI record book with 799 career points ranking her No. 8 all-time ahead of the 77 of Nyjah Porcher. Jackson also made her mark in the 3-point category with 65 3-pointers the third highest ever in a season behind Barros (92) and Novicky (83) while also be third on the career 3-point list by becoming only the third Lady Knight to sink 100 3-pointers for her career with exactly 100 behind just Barros (156) and Novicky (145). Barros and Jackson will go down as the most formidable one-two 3-point punch in CCRI Lady Knights’ program history.
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.