Junior College Wrap- PB’s for Smith and Delamere

Reunited (L-R) Keeley Tini, Molly Cockburn, Rashaan Smith

Former Harbour and Birkenhead College forward bettered her career high twice in 24 hours. Parehuia Delamere also posted a career high while College of Southern Idaho Eagles (Ashlee Strawbridge and Kyra Paniora) are up to #9 on the JUCO ranking list. 

Rashaan Smith lined up against former Harbour teammate Keeley Tini as Williston State and #10 Western Nebraska faced off on Saturday. Predictably Western Nebraska took the win (99-59) with Smith posting a career high 14 points on 6 from 8 from the field. Tini finished with 5 points and 5 rebounds.

The pair were playing at the Border Wars Tournament, as were Dejaan Schuler (Casper College), Samantha Jenkins (Dawson College) and Molly Cockburn (Miles CC).

The next day Smith improved her career best to 18 points (8/10FG) as Cockburn and Miles College were dominated 101-28. Despite the overwhelming defeat Cockburn can take credit for posting a team high 8 points. 

Jenkins also scored 8 points as Dawson fell 86-61 to Casper with Schuler making a 3-pointer for the #22 ranked T-Birds. 

Jenkins was back in double-digit mode on Sunday, tallying 12 points (4/9 3PG) as Dawson got the better of Western Wyoming (52-43).

Parehuia Delamere put in a monster performance for Western Texas College. She had a career high 20 points (8/13FG, 4/6 3PG) accompanied by 12 rebounds in a commanding 71-34 win against Dawson. Jordyn Maddix chipped in with 4 points and 7 rebounds.

Kay-Hauata Phillips and Te Araroa Sopoaga continued their free scoring form even though Cloud College were beaten 90-80 by Seward. Sopoaga top scored with 20 points (9/16FG) with Phillips adding 6 rebounds to 15 points.

In a bounce back 70-53 win against Pratt College Sopoaga filled the stats line with 14 points 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and a block. Remarkably she leads Cloud in all five of the afore mentioned stat categories.

Southern Idaho put the defensive freeze on Snow College in the opening quarter to set up a 69-56 victory. Ashlee Strawbridge recorded 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals while Kyra Paniora had 4 points plus a couple of assists and steals. Southern Idaho now into the Top-10 on the National Rankings sitting at #9.

Jenna Rose Mafua totalled 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals as Dodge City beat Garden City 51-3

Twins Safena and Leata Te Nana-Williams both scored in double figures as Central Maine defeated Berkeley 90-61. The former St Mary’s College, Ponsonby pair were at their stats stuffing best – Safena tallied 16 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals while Leata had 10 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

In Men’s action Ollie Hayward tallied 5 points and 3 rebounds as Midland College improved to 9-3 (2-0 in Conference play) with a 60-57 win against Howard College.

Nico Hill was a point shy of a double-double as Missouri State – West Plains  won a nail biter against Three Rivers 77-75. The Taranaki guard finished with 10 rebounds and 9 points. 

Nate Wilson had 8 points on 4 from 5 shooting but South Georgia Tech are on a 5-game losing slide after a 75-71 defeat against Gulf Coast State.

After incurring an early season injury Louisiana State Eunice forward Kiani Saxon is working himself back into the rotation. He has started the last three games averaging 5 points, 3 rebounds and a block while enjoying 26 minutes per game.

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