Garrett Paces Four Twin-Digit Scorers in Setback to DuPage [November 22, 2014]

Cierra Garrett at the free throw line
PSC freshman Cierra Garrett delivered
a 20-point showing Saturday afternoon.

After posting an eight-point showing Tuesday against South Suburban, Prairie State freshman guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.) was ready to deliver a more substantial scoring effort Saturday when the Pioneers hosted DuPage.

She did just that, but unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.

Garrett recorded a career-high 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field, but strong efforts by the Chaparrals’ Madeline Baille (23 points) and Breanna Venson (21) proved to be too much for the Pioneers to handle. DuPage rallied from a 20-point second-half deficit to upend PSC in heart-wrenching fashion, 71-68 in Chicago Heights.

The loss dropped Prairie State below the .500 mark for the first time this season (2-3 overall record).

PSC freshman forward Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.) also performed well, tallying 16 points while hauling down 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Fellow freshman forward Keyonna Hill (Thornton H.S.) also turned in a double-double, her first of the slate, courtesy of a 10-point, 11-rebound showing.

Sophomore point guard Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.) narrowly missed a double-double as well, tallying 11 points while securing eight rebounds and making off with five steals.

Freshman guard Skyler Hall (Peotone H.S.) also registered 11 points while pulling in six caroms.

A Hall layup with 10:57 to play in the opening stanza gave PSC a 20-9 edge. The Pioneers took a 41-29 advantage into the locker room at intermission.

Just minutes into the second period, the Chaparrals began to mount their comeback attack, outscoring the Pioneers 35-14 over the course of a 12-minute span and evaporating what seemed at one point to be an insurmountable lead.

DuPage took its first lead since the contest’s initial minute when Venson connected on a jumper with 1:43 to play, 69-68.

The Pioneers were never able to recover.

PSC will now hit the road for the first time in two weeks as they travel to Oglesby for a road tilt against Illinois Valley on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.).



South Suburban Drops Pioneers At Home [November, 18, 2014]

Coming on the heels of one its largest margin-of-victory wins in recent memory Saturday afternoon in a 56-point win over Harper, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team was primed and ready to take on local rival South Suburban Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, despite the fact that they posted four players in double figures, the Pioneers were unable to garner a win over the Bulldogs, who dropped PSC by a final count of 60-48 at the PSC Fieldhouse.

With the setback, Prairie State saw its season record drop to 2-2.

The Pioneers were paced in the scorer’s column by a pair of 11-point efforts from freshman guard Madeline Bednarz (Lincoln-Way Central H.S.) and freshman forward Skyler Hall (Peotone H.S.). Bednarz and Hall each knocked down a trio of three-pointers apiece.

Freshman forward Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.) delivered a 10-point showing with five rebounds and a steal while freshman guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.) contributed eight points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals.

Freshman forward Keyonna Hill (Thornton H.S.) also turned in a solid showing, recording six points while tearing down seven rebounds.

The Pioneers trailed from the outset and never did hold a lead. A Bednarz trey, made possible courtesy of an assist by Hall, tied the game at 3 just over a minute into the contest and that was as close as PSC would draw to holding a lead. Prairie State trailed 17-8 after seven minutes.

PSC found itself down 37-21 at intermission.

The Pioneers will receive their next chance to take the floor on Saturday when they host Region IV foe DuPage at the PSC Fieldhouse (1 p.m.).


Pioneers Get Back on Track With Convincing Win Over Harper [November 15, 2014]

What’s the best way to bounce back from a disheartening 16-point defeat?

With a 56-point margin of victory of course.

The Prairie State College women’s basketball team employed the aforementioned course of action to perfection Saturday afternoon, upending a scrappy Harper squad 92-36 in Chicago Heights.

The Pioneers used Saturday’s triumph to buoy themselves following a tough 77-61 loss to Joliet on Tuesday.

PSC (2-1) saw four players reach double digits in the scorer’s column.

Leading the charge for the Pioneers was freshman forward Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.), who recorded her second double-double in three games, pouring in a game-high 24 points while snaring 19 rebounds.

The 5-foot-10 Vance shot 11 –of-21 from the field and pulled down an astounding 14 offensive rebounds.

Freshman guard Madeline Bednarz (Lincoln-Way West H.S.) also performed well, posting a career-high 21 points in the first start of her collegiate career.

Freshman guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.) also chipped in a double-double, registering 14 points while dishing out 10 assists.

Freshman forward Keyonna Hill (Thornton H.S.) tallied 12 points.

PSC dominated the contest on both the offensive and defensive glass, outrebounding the Hawks 59-29.

Prairie State led 40-12 at intermission.



Three Double-Digit Scorers Aren’t Enough as Joliet Upends Pioneers on “Veterans Night” [November 11, 2014]

“It’s not about how you start, but how you finish.”

The aforementioned tried and true statement can most definitely apply to the Prairie State College women’s basketball team at this juncture of its young season.

The Pioneers, after demolishing a scrappy Daley squad, 62-44, in their season opener November 4, ran into a rather substantial buzz saw Thursday in an NJCAA Region IV contest against Joliet.

The Wolves downed Prairie State 77-61 at the PSC Fieldhouse.

With the setback, PSC saw its season record even at 1-1.

The Prairie State Athletic Department honored several current and former PSC employees with prior or current military service at halftime of the contest with a special “Veteran’s Night” ceremony.

The Pioneers posted three players in double figures to Joliet’s four.

Leading the charge for PSC was freshman guard Madeline Bednarz (Lincoln-Way West H.S.), who’s 15-point showing set the pace for head coach Jeff Boyd’s team. Fellow freshman guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.) wasn’t far behind with a 14-point, five-assist, four-steal effort.

Bednarz recorded all of her points via the three-point shot, shooting 5-of-13 from behind the arc.

Freshman forward Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.) added another 12 points to go along with her team-high eight rebounds and three steals.

Freshman forward Keyonna Hill (Thornton H.S.), (7 points, 6 rebounds) and freshman guard Skylar Hall (Peotone H.S.), (6 points) also performed well.

Tuesday’s contest endured 11 lead changes as PSC went into the break with a 35-34 advantage thanks in part to a three-pointer by Bednarz with 20 seconds left in the opening period.

A trey from Hall and field goal by Garrett helped PSC maintain a 40-39 advantage early in the second half, before a 7-0 Joliet run began to put some distance between the two clubs.

The Wolves outscored PSC 43-26 over the tilt’s second 20 minutes.

Joliet constructed an 18-point cushion at 77-59 with 1:25 to play.

The Pioneers shot 20-of-61 (33%) from the field for the game to Joliet’s 31-of-67 (46.3%).

As is the case with most lopsided wins, Joliet also won the battle of the glass, outrebounding PSC 53-30 with a 20-10 advantage in offensive caroms.

The Pioneers will take on Region IV foe Harper on Saturday (1 p.m.) at the PSC Fieldhouse.

Pioneers Down Daley in Season-Opening Triumph [November 5, 2014]

CHICAGO, Ill. --- Eager to begin playing contests that actually count, the Prairie State College women’s basketball took the floor Tuesday night at Daley ready to compete.

It showed.

Thanks in part to a trio of double-digit scorers, the Pioneers claimed their sixth consecutive win on opening night, downing a scrappy Daley squad 62-44 in Chicago’s Ashburn neighborhood.

PSC (1-0) was paced in the scoring column by freshman guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.).  The 5-foot-1 Garrett poured in 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor.

Garrett also made a significant impact on the defensive side of the floor as well, making off with eight of the Pioneers’ impressive 19 steals.

Freshman forward Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.) started off her collegiate career on the right foot, posting a double-double thanks to an impressive 11-point, 15-rebound outing.  The 5-foot-10 Vance shot just 3-of-16 from the field but chipped in a 5-of-8 showing from the free-throw line.

Freshman guard Madeline Bednarz  (Lincoln-Way West H.S.) delivered a 14-point output, thanks to an impressive 4-of-5 effort from behind the three-point arc.

Freshman forward Keyonna Hill (Thornton H.S.) also reached the twin-digit scoring plateau, depositing 11 points.

2014-2015 Women's Basketball Letters of Intent Signees

The following student-athletes have signed NJCAA letters of intent to continue their academic and basketballcareers at Prairie State College beginning in the Fall 2014 semester:

  • Corrinne Toth (CHESS Home School)
  • Candace Mace (Rich East H.S.)
  • Dasia McByrd (Thornton H.S.)
  • Keyonna Hill (Thornton H.S.)