The CCBC Essex women’s basketball team dropped out of the NJCAA Division II rankings after a loss at the Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves Classic last week.
The Knights lost to the home team 112-77 on Saturday. The Thunderwolves entered the game ranked eighth in the NJCAA Division II while Essex was ranked ninth, but the Knights were relegated to “also receiving votes” this week.
Essex, now 12-2, was coming off a big win at rival Harford Community College on Thursday.
The Knights’ 67-63 victory broke an 83-game Maryland JuCo winning streak for the Owls and handed them their first loss of the season (8-1).
Essex coach Mike Seney coached Harford before becoming the Knights’ coach this season.
Harford led 41-22 at the half, but Essex got back in the game with 22 points in the third quarter to eight for the Owls.
Having trimmed its deficit to 49-44 entering the fourth quarter, Essex got a three-pointer from Mya Moye to get to within 50-47 with 7:37 remaining.
The Owls extended their lead to 53-47, and it was 54-49, Harford, with 5:38 left to play.
Three-pointers by Kasey Gagan and Maciyah Washington gave Essex a 55-54 lead, and a Moye layup made it 57-54 with 4:14 left to play.
The Knights never relinquished the lead. A layup by Aislinn Flynn gave Essex a 63-59 lead entering the final minute, and two free throws by Gagan and a Washington layup protected the lead.
Moye finished with 19 points, while Flynn scored 11 (along with 12 rebounds) and Gagan and Washington each scored 10.
After the loss to Niagara County, Essex defeated Genesee Community College in the tournament consolation game, 85-43 on Sunday.
Gagan, Moye and Kendal Haggerty each scored 13 points. Amiyah Holmes scored 12.
In the loss to Niagara County, Essex was out-rebounded 55-36 while the Thunderwolves shot 56.6 percent from the floor (43-for-76) and nearly 42 percent from the three-point line (10-for-24).
Essex was 33.7 percent from the floor (28-for-83) and 20 percent on three-pointers (6-for-30).
Turnovers were about even (18 for Essex, 17 for Niagara), as were fouls (17 for Essex, 15 for Niagara).
Moye led essex with 19 points and Holmes scored 11.
Essex was to host Chesapeake College on Wednesday, then play in the Title IX Classic in D.C. this weekend.
The next home game is January 15 against Frederick Community College.