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Oakton Brings PSC’s Season to a Halt Following Quarterfinal Setback [February 26, 2015]

DES PLAINES, Ill. --- After splitting its pair of games against Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Oakton this year, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team was looking to claim the season series with the Raiders Thursday, and the stakes couldn’t have been higher.

With a trip to NJCAA Region IV semifinals on the line, the fifth-seeded Pioneers unfortunately weren’t able to pull off the upset, falling in quarterfinal action by a slim 50-47 final count in Des Plaines.

The Pioneers closed out the 2014-15 campaign with a 15-15 overall record.

PSC posted three players in double figures as freshman point guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.), freshman forward Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.) and sophomore guard Porshe Gross (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) all achieved the feat.

Garrett led the way, depositing 14 points with seven steals and four assists. The 5-foot-1 Garrett shot 5-of-17 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.

Vance dropped in 10 points while narrowly missing a double-double with a nine-rebound showing. She also blocked a pair of shots.

Gross also tallied 10 points while pulling down five rebounds.

Freshman guard Madeline Bednarz (Lincoln-Way Central H.S.) dropped in nine points.

Sophomore guard Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.) hauled down a team-high 11 rebounds in her final contest at PSC. Freshman guard Skylar Hall pulled in seven caroms.

Following a back-and-forth opening half, both teams went into the intermission deadlocked at 33.

PSC took control of the tilt early in the second stanza, building a 37-33 lead, thanks in part to a steal, layup and short, running jumper by Garrett.

PSC clung to several small leads throughout the period, which was most-definitely offensively-challenged for both squads as the game went nearly five minutes without any scoring midway through the half.

A layup by Skyway Player of the Year Alicia Gutierrez gave Oakton a 47-45 edge with 2:19 to play. Nicolette Campbell gave the Raiders a 48-45 lead with 1:10 remaining before Vance drove to the hoop for a bucket with 39 seconds left, cutting the lead to a point.

PSC was able to work the ball into Bednarz’s hands with two seconds left, but her potential game-tying three-point attempt was off target as time expired.

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Pioneers Avenge Previous Loss to Morton With Convincing Triumph [February 19, 2015]

With its dreams of an Illinois Skyway Conference championship no longer a reality, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team turned its collective sights on another goal Thursday: Avenging a 65-51 loss to Morton on January 29.

Simply put, that goal was met.

The Pioneers turned the tables on the Panthers at the PSC Fieldhouse, depositing a 65-53 victory firmly in the win column in front of a near-capacity, boisterous crowd on “Sophomore Night” in Chicago Heights.

Leading the charge for PSC was freshman forward Tranika Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.). The 5-foot-10 Vance dropped in 16 points for her 20th double-digit scoring effort of the slate. She also pulled down five rebounds.

Sophomore guard Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.) tallied 13 points while dishing out a game-high seven assists.  She also pulled down five rebounds and made off with three steals.

Freshman point guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.) delivered a 12-point, six-assist outing.

Freshman guard Madeline Bednarz (Lincoln-Way Central H.S.), (9 points, three 3-pointers) and Skylar Hall (Peotone H.S.), (8 points) all contributed for PSC.

The Pioneers got down to business from the get-go, racing out to a 35-21 lead by halftime.

Prairie State constructed its largest advantage of the evening at 57-40 with following a Vance layup, made possible by a Garrett assist with 6:42 to go.

The Pioneers were actually out-rebounded in the tilt by a 36-28 margin.

PSC shot 24-of-60 for the contest to Morton’s 18-of-44.

The Pioneers shot 14-of-18 from the charity stripe.

PSC will now open postseason play at a yet-to-be-determined site.

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Pioneers Fall to Waubonsee, Four-Way Tie Created at Top of Skyway  [Feb. 12, 2015]

Cierra Garrett at the free throw line
FILE PHOTO BY NATHAN ALBERT:
Cierra Garrett turned in another
strong performance Thursday night.

Despite a trio of double-digit scorers the Prairie State College women’s basketball team fell to Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe Waubonsee by a final count of 57-53 in Chicago Heights Thursday night.

The setback now forces the Pioneers into a four-way tie atop the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference standings as PSC, Moraine Valley, Waubonsee and Oakton all own identical 9-3 marks.

The loss dropped the Pioneers’ overall mark to 14-13.

Setting the pace for the Pioneers was freshman point guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.). Garrett tallied 14 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Freshman shooting guard Madeline Bednarz (Lincoln-Way Central H.S.) also turned in another solid outing, dropping in 13 points and four three-pointers.

Freshman guard Skylar Hall (Peotone H.S.), (10 points, 7 rebounds) and freshman forward Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.), (7 points, 8 rebounds) both made solid contributions.

PSC ran out to a 9-3 lead, thanks in part to a three-pointer from Bednarz, to open the tilt, but went into the intermission deadlocked at 26.

PSC actually owned a 51-44 edge (the largest that either team would possess) with 7:10 to go before a series of miscues ultimately gave the Chiefs the contest.

Fortunately, the Pioneers won’t have time to put much thought into the setback as they’ll take the floor against arch rival Moraine Valley on Tuesday evening in Palos Hills (5:15 p.m.).

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Pioneers Move to 9-2 in League Play Following Win Over Lake County [February 10, 2015]

Thanks in part to a 17-point effort from freshman guard Madeline Bednarz (Lincoln-Way Central H.S.), the Prairie State College women’s basketball team continued to inch its way toward the program’s third Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference championship Tuesday following a 64-45 win over Lake County in Chicago Heights.

The triumph was PSC’s second over the Lancers this season as the Pioneers knocked off Lake County 51-35 on January 20.

With the win, Prairie State moved to 14-12 overall and 9-2 in Skyway Conference action.

PSC currently resides in a tie at the top of the league standings with Oakton (9-2).

Bednarz tallied in double figures for the 12th time on the campaign, delivering a 6-of-11 showing (5 3-pointers) from the field. She also pulled down four rebounds.

Not far behind Bednarz in the scoring column was freshman forward Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.), who chipped in 16 points and five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and an assist.

Freshman point guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.) deposited 10 points while handing out nine assists and making off with five steals.

Freshmen guards Porshe Gross (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), (7 points, 3 rebounds) and Skylar Hall (Peotone H.S.), (6 points, 7 rebounds) also made solid contributions.

PSC got out of the blocks fast, establishing a 16-0 lead three minutes into the contest and led 33-18 at halftime.

The Pioneers built their largest lead of the night at 60-39, following a putback by Vance with 2:31 to play.

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Pioneers Share Top Spot in Skyway Standings Following Setback to Oakton [February 7, 2015]

Tranikka Vance vs. Wright
FILE PHOTO BY NATHAN ALBERT:
Tranikka Vance led the Pioneers with
23 points Saturday.

DES PLAINES, Ill. --- There’s now a tie atop the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference standings.

Despite an all-out effort, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team was unable to upend league foe Oakton Saturday afternoon, falling to the Raiders by a 62-55 final count.

With the setback, PSC falls to 13-12 overall and 8-2 in the league.

Despite the disappointing outcome, the Pioneers did pick up two strong efforts in the scoring column as freshman forward Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.) tallied 23 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the field. She also locked down a double-double as she also ripped down a team-high 13 rebounds.

Freshman guard Skylar Hall (Peotone H.S.) also turned in a strong effort, dropping in 13 points while securing six rebounds. Nine of the 5-foot-6 Hall’s tallies came in the second stanza.

Freshman point guard Sierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.) narrowly missed a double-double of her own, scoring nine points while handing out nine assists.

PSC trailed 36-18 at the break and 48-24 with 14:03 remaining.

The Pioneers eventually closed the gap to 57-50, thanks in part to a field goa by sophomore guard Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.) with 1:54 to go.

Unfortunately, PSC would draw no closer.

The Pioneers will see action again on Tuesday when they host Skyway foe Lake County at the PSC Fieldhouse (5:15 p.m.).

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Pioneers Remain in Sole Possession of First Place in Skyway Standings [February 5, 2015]

Madeline Bednarz
FILE PHOTO BY NATHAN ALBERT:
Madeline Bednarz tallied 20 points
in Thursday night's win.

Thanks in part to the sixth double-digit scoring outing of the last seven games for freshman shooting guard Madeline Bednarz (Lincoln-Way Central H.S.), the Prairie State College women’s basketball team remained in sole possession of first place in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference standings Thursday night.

Bednarz dropped in 20 points en route to helping the Pioneers claim a 65-38 triumph over Skyway opponent Elgin at the PSC Fieldhouse.

The 5-foot-4 Bednarz, who currently sits 45th on the national charts for three-pointers made (43) shot 7-of-13 from the field and 5-of-10 from behind the arc.

With the victory, PSC moved to 13-11 overall and 8-1 in Skyway play.

Prairie State currently enjoys a one-game lead in the conference standings over counterpart Oakton, whom the Pioneers will face in a Saturday afternoon showdown in Des Plaines (1 p.m.).

In addition to Bednarz, two other Pioneers also scored in double figures as freshman point guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.) and freshman forward Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.) tallied 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Vance pulled in seven rebounds while Garrett chipped in five assists and a quartet of steals.

Sophomore guard Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.), (9 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists), freshman guard Porshe Gross (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), (5 points, 3 rebounds) and freshman guard Skylar Hall (Peotone H.S.), (4 points, 6 rebounds) all aided the Pioneers’ cause.

PSC raced out to a 9-2 advantage in the early going before heading to the locker room on the positive side of a 24-17 halftime advantage.

The Pioneers built their largest lead of the evening just prior to the end of the contest (65-38) following a pair of free throws by Vance.

For the game, PSC shot 25-of-59 from the field (42.4%) to Elgin’s 15-of-63 effort (23.8%).

Surprisingly, the Pioneers were outrebounded by the Spartans by a 44-39 margin.

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Hall’s Heroics Hoist PSC to Win Over McHenry [February 3, 2015]

Skylar_Hall_Jump_Shot
FILE PHOTO BY NATHAN ALBERT:
Skylar Hall scored the go-ahead
tallies in Tuesday night's second win
of the season over McHenry.

Prairie State College freshman guard Skylar Hall (Peotone H.S.) picked a pretty good time to hit the biggest shot of her young collegiate basketball career.

The 5-foot-6 Hall’s free-throw with 23 seconds remaining completed an “old-fashioned three-point play”, Tuesday night, lifting the Pioneers to a dramatic 61-59 triumph over Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference counterpart McHenry at the PSC Fieldhouse.

Hall got to the charity stripe when she was fouled after sinking a short jump shot.

Tuesday’s victory pushed Prairie State back over the .500 mark overall at 12-11 with a 7-1 record in league play.

Hall’s 16-point effort marked a career-high, besting her previous collegiate record of 15, achieved December 13 versus Ancilla (Ind.).

In addition to her strong offensive efforts, Hall also pulled down four rebounds and dished out 4 assists. She has now scored in double figures in five tilts on the campaign.

Tuesday’s win marked the second time on the campaign that the Pioneers had bested the Scots (PSC downed McHenry 48-38 in Crystal Lake,
January 13).

Leading the charge in the scorer’s column for PSC was freshman point guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.). The 5-foot-1 Garrett dropped in a career-best 27 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the field.

She also dished out five assists, pulled down four rebounds and made off with four steals.

Freshman forward Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.) also reached twin digits in the scorebook, posting 11 tallies on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor with four rebounds.

After a back-and-forth opening half, PSC went into the intermission clinging to a slim 28-27 edge.

A pair of Robbie Holland free-throws put McHenry in the driver’s seat at 48-56 with 3:54 to go before the Pioneers began to close the gap, thanks in part to a field goal from Hall and two free throws by Garrett.

A trio of free throws by Vance, over the course of a 42-second span, made it a one-point game at 58-57 before Hall tied the game.

A free throw by Garrett with 10 seconds left sealed the deal for PSC.

The Pioneers will now take on league counterpart Elgin in Chicago Heights on Thursday (5:15 p.m.).

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Pioneers Fall to Morton, Suffer First Skyway Loss of Campaign [January 29, 2015]

CICERO, Ill. --- While its chances of winning the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference championship remain very much intact, the Prairie State College women’s basketball team fell for the first time in league play this season, 65-51 to a scrappy Morton team Thursday night.

With the setback the Pioneers fell to the .500 mark at 11-11 and 6-1 in Skyway action.

Prairie State was paced by freshman guard Madeline Bednarz’s (Lincoln-Way Central H.S.) 12-point effort.

Freshman Porshe Gross (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.) was PSC’s other double-digit scorer, dropping in 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field.

Both teams entered the intermission deadlocked at 26.

The Panthers began to pull away in the second stanza, building the 14-point, final-score lead with 26 seconds remaining.

The Pioneers won’t have to wait long for their next opportunity to hit the court as PSC hosts league foe McHenry Tuesday night at the PSC Fieldhouse (5:15 p.m.).

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PSC Rolls to 6-0 in Skyway Action Following Triumph Over Arch Rival

Cierra Garrett at the free throw line
FILE PHOTO BY NATHAN ALBERT:
Cierra Garrett recorded the first
triple-double of her career Tuesday
night.

The Prairie State College women’s basketball team’s quest for the program’s third Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference title cleared another major hurdle Tuesday evening, following a convincing 71-61 triumph over arch rival Moraine Valley in Chicago Heights.

With the victory, PSC improved to 11-10 overall and 6-0 in league play. The Pioneers currently reside in the top slot of the Skyway standings.

Setting the pace for PSC was the freshmen duo of point guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.) and forward Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.).

Garrett delivered a team-high 20 points, while leading the Pioneers with 14 and 11 assists for her first career triple-double.

The 5-foot-1 Garrett wasn’t the only Pioneer to reach twin figures as Vance recorded her eighth double-double of the slate, courtesy of a 19-point, 11-rebound showing.

Freshman shooting guard Madeline Bednarz (Lincoln-Way Central H.S.) turned in another strong outing, pouring in 13 points, while dishing out four assists. The 5-foot-4 Bednarz also knocked down a trio of three-pointers in her ninth double-digit scoring performance of the campaign.

Sophomore guard Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.) was also a major contributor, dropping in nine points while snagging four rebounds.

In a game which endured just one lead change, the Pioneers led nearly from wire-to-wire and held a 30-20 edge at intermission.

Prairie State constructed their largest lead of the evening at 55-38 with 9:03 left in the contest, following a Garrett runner in the lane, courtesy of an assist by Lilly.

The Pioneers will take on another strong challenger on Thursday in league foe Morton. The clash against the Panthers is slated to tip off at 5:15 p.m. in Cicero.

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Pioneers 5-0 in League Play For First Time Since 2012 Following Win Over Waubonsee [January 23, 2015]

Cierra Garrett looks toward basket
Cierra Garrett posted another strong
outing for the Pioneers Thursday
evening.

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. --- The Prairie State College women’s basketball team is 5-0 in Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference action for the first time since 2012, following a solid 65-60 triumph over defending league champion Waubonsee Thursday night.

The Pioneers, who evened their season record at 10-10, were paced by another stellar effort from freshman point guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.).   The 5-foot-1 Garrett poured in a game-high 21 points courtesy of an 8-of-17 shooting effort from the field and 5-of-6 showing from the free-throw line. She also pulled down 12 rebounds while dishing out seven assists.

Three other Pioneers also tallied in double figures as sophomore guard Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.), (15 points, 8 rebounds), freshman forward Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.), (12 points, 8 rebounds) and freshman guard Madeline Bednarz (Lincoln-Way Central H.S.), (12 points, 3 rebounds) all achieved the feat.

PSC scuffled to maintain a lead throughout the first half and trailed 28-25 at intermission before opening the game up in the second 20 minutes.

A pair of clutch three-pointers by Bednarz tied the game at 28 and gave PSC a 31-28 advantage with 18:45 to go.

The Pioneers established their largest lead of the evening at 52-36 when Vance hit a short jumper.

PSC will hit the floor next on Tuesday when they host Skyway foe Moraine Valley on “Student Club Night” (5:15 p.m.).

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Garrett, Bednarz Help Pioneers Remain Unblemished in Skyway Play [January 20, 2015]

GRAYSLAKE, Ill. --- Thanks in part to a pair of 13-point efforts from freshman point guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.) and freshman guard Madeline Bednarz (Lincoln-Way Central H.S.), the Prairie State College women’s basketball team is 4-0 in Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference play for the first time since the 2012-2013 season.

The Pioneers (9-10, 4-0) moved into sole possession of first place in the Skyway standings Tuesday night, downing league foe Lake County 51-35 in Grayslake.

Garrett turned in a 6-of-14 shooting effort from the floor while also grabbing six rebounds, dishing out six assists and making off with five steals.

Bednarz knocked down a trio of three-pointers while pulling down three rebounds .

Sophomore guard Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.), (8 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals), freshman guard Porshe Gross (Homewood-Flossmoor H.S.), (8 points), freshman guard Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.), (6 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals) also made major contributions to the victory.

PSC raced out to a 26-17 lead following a fre throw by Garrett with 6:31 to go.

The Pioneers led 34-25 at intermission.

PSC constructed its largest lead of the evening at 51-31 with 3:41 to go when Lilly drained a baseline jumper.

The Pioneers will see action next on Thursday when they travel to Sugar Grove for a road contest against league foe Waubonsee (5:15 p.m.).

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Bednarz’s Triples Help Keep Pioneers Perfect in League Play [January 17, 2015]

Madeline Bednarz
Madeline Bednarz tallied 19 points in
Saturday night's win over Oakton.


Of the five three-pointers that Prairie State College freshman guard Madeline Bednarz (Linconln-Way Central H.S.) knocked down Saturday afternoon, her final two were the biggest of her young collegiate basketball career.

The 5-foot-4 shooting guard’s triple with just 35 seconds remaining in regulation helped force an extra session in the Pioneers' Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference contest against Oakton. Her trey with 56 seconds left in the overtime proved to be the game-winner as the Pioneers picked up a 69-65 triumph at the PSC Fieldhouse.

With the win, Prairie State moved to a perfect 3-0 in league action. PSC now owns a 7-10 overall mark.

Bednarz shared team-high scoring honors with fellow freshman Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.), courtesy of a 19-point performance.

Freshman point guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.) also scored in double figures, recording 18 points while dishing out six assists.

Vance also pulled down 12 rebounds to secure her seventh double-double of the slate.

PSC’s swarming defense produced 29 Oakton turnovers. The Pioneers picked the Raiders’ collective pockets to the tune of a 20-steal showing.

Freshman guard Skylar Hall (Peotone H.S.) also made a strong contribution, delivering seven points, while tearing down nine rebounds.

Sophomore guard Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.) dished out five assists.

The Pioneers trailed throughout the bulk of the opening half before roaring back to tie the tilt at 16 following a Vance putback with 6:46 to go.

Another putback by Vance, coupled with a three from Hall, gave Prairie State a 21-20 edge with 4:06 to go. The Pioneers went into the intermission on the top side of a 29-22 score.

Oakton led 57-54 just prior to Bednarz knocking down the first of her two clutch three-balls.

Garrett’s five points in the overtime proved to be significant just prior to Bednarz’s last three-pointer.

The Pioneers will now travel to Lake County on Tuesday for a Skyway clash in Grayslake.

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Pioneers Open Conference Slate on a High Note [January 13, 2015]

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. --- Freshman forward Tranikka Vance (Crete-Monee H.S.) turned in another strong effort Tuesday evening, helping to power the Prairie State College women’s basketball team to a convincing 48-38 victory over McHenry.

The tilt was the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference opener for both squads.

Tuesday’s triumph pushed PS C’s overall record to 5-10.

Vance delivered her sixth double-double of the campaign, thanks to a determined 21-point, 11-rebound showing. The 5-foot-10 Vance also blocked a trio of shots while making off with a pair of steals.

Vance has now recorded 11 double-digit scoring efforts on the season and eight tilts of 10 or more rebounds.

Sophomore guard Sydney Lilly (Minooka H.S.) also scored in double digits, registering 12 points while pulling down seven rebounds. She also dished out four assists and came away with a quartet of steals.

Freshman point guard Cierra Garrett (Rich South H.S.) also played well, scoring nine points while handing out a game-high seven assists.

The Pioneers didn’t exactly get themselves off on the right foot, falling behind 20-16 at the intermission.

A short jumper by Garrett tied the contest at 26 with 14:56 to play before a Vance jumper gave Prairie State a 28-26 edge.   A Vance free throw at 10:17 pushed PSC’s advantage to 33-28.

A successful putback attempt by Vance at the four-minute mark gave Prairie State a 41-30 lead as head coach Jeff Boyd’s team never looked back.

PSC closed out the contest on consecutive blocks by Vance and freshman guard Skyler Hall (Peotone H.S.).

The Pioneers will now travel to Elgin for a Skyway contest with the Spartans on Thursday (5:15 p.m.).

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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.)