The CCRI Lady Knights’ basketball team traveled to Newport, RI to play the Rams of the Naval Academy Preparatory School for a non-conference game on Saturday. The Lady Knights beat the Rams 73-65. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 5-0 on the season.
The Lady Knights withstood a 45 point outburst from Navy Prep’s Taylor Dunham to chart their fifth victory against no losses. The Lady Knights led for most of the game taking a quick 3-0 lead on a 3-pointer from Co-Captain Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, NJ) and extended their lead to eight points 13-5 on basket by Amber Edwards (Boston, MA) early in the first half. But Dunham was clearly on a mission to single-handedly take down CCRI. The Lady Knights had a nine point lead 39-30 on a 3-pointer from Co-Captain Allexia Barros (New Bedford, MA) with a few minutes left in the half. Dunham answered scoring seven of Navy Prep’s nine points, including two 3-pointers, to close out the half and tie the game 39-39 at intermission.
As the second half began Dunham gave the rams a brief one point lead 40-39 after 1-2 from the charity stripe but the Lady Knights extended their lead to six points on another 3-pointer from Jackson making the score 60-54 late in the second half. It seemed every time Dunham would go on a run Jackson would answer with a big 3-pointer. Navy Prep would try and close the lead but the Lady Knights withstood the onslaught from Dunham and company to win by the final score of 73-65.
Leading the way for CCRI was Co-Captain Ahnyyah Jackson with a team-high 17 points, including an amazing 5-6 from beyond the 3-point arc with two assists while Amber Edwards charted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Also helping CCRI was Co-Captain Lexi Barros with 14 points, including two 3-pointers with seven assists and six rebounds, Jesse Ossian (Chandler, AZ) had 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while Lindsay Danise (Danbury, CT) added six points and 10 rebounds.
The next game for the Lady Knights will be Tuesday the 26th at 6:00pm when they will travel to Middletown, NY to play the Colts of Orange County Community College for a non-conference game.
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.