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Lady Knights start fast but fall to Massasoit 77-47


Olivia Batastini-Pallister

Olivia Batastini-Pallister

Warwick, R.I. – November 28, 2018: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the undefeated (6-0) Warriors of Massasoit Community College Tuesday night for a Region XXI interleague showdown. The Lady Knights fell to the Warriors 77-47. With the loss CCRI falls to 2-5 overall and 1-1 in Region XXI play.

The Lady Knights charged out of the gates with an impressive 3-point barrage to take a 14-8 lead in the first quarter but the Warriors were able to tie the game 14-14 by the end of the quarter. The first quarter 3-point onslaught was led by Courtney Dorr (East Providence, RI) who sank two 3-pointers and helped by Olivia Batastini-Pallister (Providence, RI) and Jada Littlejohn (Providence, RI) who had one apiece.

In the second quarter Massasoit ratcheted up the defense with full court pressure which seemed to flummox the Lady Knights' offensive flow and started a run for the Warriors. Massasoit used that run to take a 36-23 lead by halftime.

CCRI played much better in the third quarter scoring 15 points but they could not keep up with the scoring tempo of the Warriors who scored 22 to extend their lead to 58-38 by the end of the third quarter. CCRI tried to get back into the game with some long range shooting but their attempt was futile as the shots did not fall and Massasoit went on to win by the final count of 77-47.

Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Co-Captain Jada Littlejohn with a team-high 14 points including two 3-pointers with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Helping Littlejohn was freshman Olivia Batastini-Pallister who had 10 points including a team-high three 3-pointerswith five assists and two rebounds. Co-Captain Kat Raposo (Warwick, RI) had seven points with two assists and two steals while Courtney Dorr and Co-Captain Tatyana Correia (Cranston, RI) had six points apiece with Correia added five rebounds and two assists.

Head Coach Doug Haynes commented after the game: "We started out fast in the first quarter but could not keep it going into the second quarter. We had plenty of opportunities to stretch a lead on Massasoit but struggled from the field shooting in the second and third quarter. There press gave us some problems where they created some turnovers. But hopefully use this game as a learning tool and bounce back Thursday against Gateway."

The next game for the Lady Knights will be Thursday when they travel to Gateway Community College in New Haven, CT for a Region XXI interleague game starting at 6pm as part of a doubleheader with the men who will play at 8pm.

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