Flowers’ 10 3s lift Lady Raiders to win

JOHNSTOWN – It was a record-setting night for Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Kassandra Flowers.

Flowers connected for 10 3-point goals in a 32-point scoring performance for the Lady Raiders as they avenged a 39-34 loss Feb. 2 by dominating Clinton Community College on Thursday night with a 76-54 victory.

“That was a great shooting performance and I have not seen one like that in quite a while,” FMCC coach Kevin Jones said. “She was knocking those shots down and got us some confidence and a little bit of a lead, and that is what we needed.”

With the Lady Raiders coming off a 68-60 loss to Delhi on Saturday, Kendra Jordan got FMCC off to a good start by connecting on a 3-pointer from the left corner. Flowers followed suit, going 5-for-5 from 3-point range to stake the Lady Raiders to an 18-4 lead just under 6 minutes into the game.

Veronica Chea hit the first two-point bucket of the game for FM on a strong drive to the basket before Flowers hit her sixth long-distance goal in as many attempts to break the game open, 23-7.

The Lady Raiders continued to have success from the perimeter as they racked up 10 first-half 3-pointers, seven of which came off the hand of Flowers, en route to a 42-23 halftime lead.

Flowers picked up where she left off in the first half, netting a trey in the opening seconds of the second half.

The Lady Raiders began finding success on the inside as Sherice Gayle and Grace Rutagengwa combined for the next nine points on four putbacks and a free throw to take the lead to 55-34.

When the Cougars adjusted to the inside game, FMCC went back outside with Jordan hitting a 3, followed by back-to-back 3-pointers from Flowers to extend the Lady Raiders’ advantage to 64-38.

Flowers hit her first two-point basket of the game with 8:17 remaining, before leaving the game with 32 points.

The Cougars outscored FMCC 12-9 in the closing minutes to put the final score at 76-54.

Clinton Community College was paced by the double-digit scoring of Katrina Garrand and Emily Decker who finished with 17 points apiece.

Flowers delivered 10 of the Lady Raiders’ 14 3-point goals in her 32-point performance. Jordan had three 3-pointers as she finished with 11 points on the night and Erica Ward rounded out the long-range attack with her 3 in a five-point effort. Gayle and Fonda-Fultonville graduate Sarah Wyzomirski contributed seven points apiece to the Lady Raiders’ victory.

The Lady Raiders (17-6 overall) will close out their regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday with a home game against Mohawk Valley Community College.

“This helps us with our confidence right now,” Jones said. “We have been on a little losing streak and it was good to come out strong. We have worked hard the last few days in practice, and we are going to keep working on the defensive end. I thought we did well with that tonight. They [Clinton] are a good basketball team and are going to be in the regionals. I feel a little bit better going into regionals now. If we can perform like this Saturday, I will feel even better.”

Fulton-Montgomery Community College 76, Clinton Community College 54

Clinton Community College

Garrand 4-8-17, DuCatte 1-0-2, Decker 8-1-17, Paul 3-1-7, Gates 1-0-2, Horton 3-1-7, Barber 1-0-2, Agorey 1-0-2. Totals: 21-11-54.

Fulton-Montgomery Community College

Jordan 4-0-11, Ward 2-0-5, Chea 1-0-2, Mitchell 1-2-4, Flowers 11-0-32, Rutagengwa 2-1-5, Wyzomerski 3 -1-7, Gayle 2-3-7, Sisti 1-1-3. Totals; 27-7-76.

3-point goals: Clinton 1 (Garrand); Fulton-Montgomery 14 (Flowers 10, Jordan 3, Ward).

Halftime: FMCC 42-23.