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Garrett and Malone Team Up to Help Snap Four-Game Losing Streak [December 16, 2014]

Cierra Garrett looks toward basket
FILE PHOTO BY NATHAN ALBERT:
Cierra Garrett recorded her 10th
double-digit scoring effort of the
season in Tuesday's win.

After dropping four straight contests for the first time in recent memory, it was pretty safe to assume that the Prairie State College women’s basketball team was primed and ready to return to the winning ways that have become its custom under the guidance of head coach Jeff Boyd.

Tuesday afternoon at the PSC Fieldhouse, the Pioneers did just that.

Paced by an 18-point showing from freshman point guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.) and 11-tally showing from sophomore guard Chantel Malone (Bloom H.S.), the Pioneers cruised to a 50-35 victory over Triton in Chicago Heights.

Garrett, who is averaging 15.5 points per game this season, scored in double figures for the 10th time this season and the seventh consecutive. In addition to her strong offensive output, she also ripped down a collegiate-best 12 rebounds for her second career double-double.

Tuesday marked Malone’s first twin-digit scoring output of the campaign.

Sophomore point guard Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.), (9 points) secured 15 rebounds (9 offensive) while freshman forward Courtney Stevenson (Rich East H.S.) pulled down eight in her PSC debut.

PSC (4-7) got off to a sluggish start in the early going, trailing 17-10 with 9:36 to go before intermission. A good portion of the Pioneers’ struggles could be accredited to their 9-of-47 shooting performance from field.

The Pioneers tied the tilt on a Garret layup with 6:05 to go and took over the lead for good with 4:16 left when Lilly chipped in a putback.

PSC went into the intermission up 26-19.

The Pioneers established their largest lead at 50-33, courtesy of a Malone layup, made possible by an assist from Garrett with 3:20 left.

The Pioneers will look to establish an official winning streak on Saturday when they face City Colleges of Chicago foe Malcolm X at 1 p.m. on the West Side.

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Ancilla Drops Pioneers at Home [December 13, 2014]

When a team graduates almost its entire roster and endures a fair amount of turnover from one season to the next, it may indeed take some time for both returning players and new personnel to mesh and form a cohesive unit.

The Prairie State College women’s basketball team is experiencing this very phenomenon right now.

The Pioneers have battled through an up-and-down campaign throughout the 2014-15 slate and Saturday afternoon’s contest with Ancilla of Indiana proved to be a microcosm of their season to date.

The Chargers, paced by Khadijah Moore’s 30-point outing, downed Prairie State 91-79 at the PSC Fieldhouse.

The loss was the Pioneers’ fourth straight and dropped their season record to 3-7.

The Pioneers were pace by freshman point guard Cierra Garrett’s 23-point, six-rebound, four-assist, three-steal performance.

The double-digit showing in the scorer’s column was the ninth of the slate for Garrett, who tallied 14 of PSC’s 35 second-half points.

In all, the Pioneers placed four players in twin-digits as freshman guard Skyler Hall (Peotone H.S.) , (15 points, 5 rebounds) , freshman forward Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.), (14 points, 9 rebounds, block, steal) and freshman forward Keyonna Hill (Thornton H.S.), (10 points, 4 rebounds) all achieved the feat.

Sophomore guards Chantel Malone (Bloom H.S.), (9 points, 2 steals) and Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.), (8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals) also made strong contributions.

Saturday’s tilt endured nine lead changes and eight ties as both teams fought back and forth throughout.

Ancilla went to the locker room up 53-44 at intermission.

The Pioneers will take the floor next on Tuesday when they host Triton at the PSC Fieldhouse (5:30 p.m.).

 

 

Kennedy-King Hands PSC Its Third Straight Defeat [December 6, 2014]

The Prairie State College women’s basketball team dropped its third straight game Saturday, falling to NJCAA Region IV foe Kennedy-King, 66-54 at the PSC Fieldhouse.

With the loss, the Pioneers saw their overall record fall to 3-6.

Prairie State was paced by freshman guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.) and her 14-point, five-steal, four –assist effort.

Sophomore guard Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.) tallied 12 points while pulling down four rebounds.

Freshman forward Keyonna Hill (Thornton H.S.) delivered a 10-point, 12-rebound outing.

PSC trailed just 28-26 at the break before the Statesmen opened up their lead throughout the course of the second half. Prairie State never led during the contest.

The Pioneers will see action next on Saturday when they take on Ancilla (Ind.) at the PSC Fieldhouse (1 p.m.).

 

 

Pioneers Drop Heart-Breaker to Wright at Home [December 4, 2014]

In the end, there was just too much Tayja Dean.

Dean, Wright’s standout freshman guard delivered a massive 35-point, 13-rebound outing Thursday night. Wright’s gigantic night proved to be the difference, helping to deliver a heart-wrenching 63-62 setback to the Prairie State College women’s basketball team in Chicago Heights.

With the defeat, PSC saw its overall season mark fall to 3-5.

Thursday’s tilt witnessed 11 lead changes and 15 ties as both fought a seesaw battle throughout.

Prairie State was paced by freshman guard Cierra Garrett’s (Rich South H.S.) 20-point, seven-assist, seven-steal showing.

The 20-point showing was the seventh of Garrett’s young career.

PSC freshman forward Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.) followed up her spectacular 30-point effort from Tuesday with her eighth double-digit showing of the slate as she dropped in 13 tallies while hauling in seven rebounds.

Freshman forward Keyonna Hill (Thornton H.S.) chipped in her third double-double of the campaign, delivering 11 points while tearing down 10 rebounds.

PSC trailed 22-12 late in the opening half before rallying to tie the game courtesy of a Garrett layup with 35 seconds remaining.

Both squads exchanged leads throughout the second half before a Vance layup, courtesy of an assist from sophomore guard Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.), (6 points, 7 rebounds) gave PSC a 60-59 advantage with two minutes to play. The one-point edge would be PSC’s last of the evening.

A pair of free-throws by Hill, with 1:06 left, tied the score at 62.

PSC did have a chance to win the contest, but was unable to put up a potential game-clinching shot.

The Pioneers will be in action next at home on Saturday against Kennedy-King (1 p.m.).

Vance Dials Up 30-Point Effort as Pioneers Fall to Kankakee [December 2, 2014]

Not since two-time NJCAA All-Region IV selection Shauneia McPhearson accomplished the feat, way back in 2011, had the Prairie State College women’s basketball team seen one of its own tally 30 points in a single contest.

That all changed Tuesday as PSC freshman forward Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.) delivered an inspiring 30-point, 11-rebound showing at the PSC Fieldhouse.

The 30-tally outburst was the first by a Pioneer since McPhearson registered a 30-point game, January 6, 2011 in a 68-45 home win over the Robert Morris University JV.

While Vance’s big night highlighted a determined and scrappy PSC effort, it unfortunately wasn’t enough as Prairie State fell to I-57 rival Kankakee, 64-61, in a highly-spirited skirmish.

Tuesday’s outing marked the fifth double-double of the season for Vance, an astounding accomplishment considering the fact that her collegiate career is only seven games old.

Vance has now compiled a double-double in each of her last three tilts.

The 5-foot-10 Vance turned in an admirable 13-of-15 evening from the field and 4-of-5 effort from the free-throw line.

With the setback, Prairie State fell to 3-4 on the season.

PSC point guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.) reached double figures for the sixth time on the slate (third straight), dropping in 14 points, thanks to a 5-of-13 effort and 4-of-5 showing from the charity stripe.

She also pulled down seven rebounds and dished out seven assists.

Sophomore guard Chantel Malone (Bloom H.S.), (7 points) and freshman forward Keyonna Hill (Thornton H.S.), (4 points, 10 rebounds) each aided the Pioneers’ cause.

The victorious Cavaliers were paced by Mya Collum’s 20-point outing.

Both squads fought hard in a seesaw opening 10 minutes of the contest before Kankakee embarked on a 14-4 run and took a commanding 32-22 advantage at intermission.

Three consecutive field goals from Vance helped pull the Pioneers back into the tilt, cutting heavily into the Cavaliers’ lead at 35-30.

A Vance converted putback, which came on the heels of a Garrett layup, made it a three-point game at 37-34 with 16:12 to go.

After Kankakee had extended its advantage to 45-40, the Pioneers once again stormed back, thanks in part to a massive team effort.

Malone gave PSC a 46-45 edge when she was fouled on a successful layup attempt with 8:28 to play. She knocked down her ensuing free-throw.

An “old-fashioned three-point play” from Vance gave PSC a 52-50 edge with 6:47 remaining.

Another Vance layup, courtesy of an assist by Garrett, tied the game at 54.

PSC would fight back to knot the tilt on several occasions throughout the final five minutes as a Garrett layup squared the score at 56.

The 5-foot-1 Garrett also knocked down a free-throw seconds later, giving PSC a 57-56 advantage.

After the Cavaliers snatched back the lead at 59-57, freshman guard Skyler Hall (Peotone H.S.) tied the game with a short jump shot with 3:17 left.

Malone came up big with another big shot down the stretch, tying the tilt at 61 burrying a jump shot with 1:26 to go.

After Kankakee had grabbed a 64-61 lead with 16 seconds left, Malone had a chance to push the contest to overtime.

The 5-foot-5 Malone, with a defender in her face, put up a well-targeted three-point attempt as time expired. Unfortunately for PSC, Malone’s potential game-tying shot rattled off the front end of the rim as the horn sounded.

The Pioneers will see action next on Thursday when they face City Colleges of Chicago foe Wright at the PSC Fieldhouse (5 p.m.).

 

 

Vance Posts Career High as PSC Rolls Past Illinois Valley [November 26, 2014]

OGLESBY, Ill. --- Prairie State College freshman forward Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.) has improved with each and every outing this season.

That trend continued Tuesday. And in a big way.

Vance recorded a career-high 28 points while dominating both the offensive and defensive glass to the tune of an 18-rebound effort. Vance’s heroics helped lead the Pioneers to a solid 65-56 win over host Illinois Valley.

With the win, the Pioneers pushed their season record to back to the .500 plateau at 3-3.

Of Vance’s 18 boards, 10 came on the offensive side. The 5-foot-10 Vance shot 13-of-18 from the field and a perfect 2-of-2 from the free-throw line.

In all, PSC witnessed four players reach double digits in the scoring column as sophomore point guard Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.) , who chipped in 13 points while swiping away six steals, dishing out four assists and pulling down a pair of rebounds.

The Pioneers picked up a pair of 11-point showings from freshman guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.) and freshman forward Keyonna Hill (Thornton H.S.).

Garrett made off with five stelas.

Surprisingly, Illinois Valley actually posted a stronger shooting percentage than the Pioneers, firing off a 43.4% clip to PSC’s 38.9%.

Prairie State out-rebounded the Eagles 46-36 however.

The Pioneers led the contest from wire-wire and held a 38-32 edge at the intermission. PSC enjoyed its largest lead of the tilt at 65-46 following a layup by Vance with 1:56 to play.

 

 

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

Cierra Garrett at the free throw line
FILE PHOTO BY NATHAN ALBERT:
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.)