*Quarterfinal* KCC vs. OCC 02/29/2024

Date: 02/29/2024

The Lady Cavaliers fell to the Oakton Community College Owls 111-63 Thursday night in the Region IV Quarterfinals, ending the Lady Cavs’ 2023-24 season.  

The Owls opened the first quarter with 6 quick points, before Aniyah Moody scored a free throw to put KCC on the scoreboard. Amaria Pender scored on a steal by Myllena De Sousa to make the score 6-3.  

The Lady Cavs pushed through heavy pressure to score seven more points in the quarter, including four free throws from Jazmyn Smith, a free throw from Pender, and a basket by Valorie Dagg. KCC trailed 22-10 going into the second quarter. 

Oakton’s effort increased in the second quarter, but the Lady Cavaliers teamed up and fought for another twelve points – a basket and two free throws from Smith, two points from Zipporah Johnson, a three-pointer from De Sousa, and three free throws by Pender.  

The Lady Cavaliers trailed 51-22 going into the second half. 

KCC held on to the Owls in the third quarter, outscoring them by one point. Smith had two points and Dagg sunk a three-pointer to match Oakton’s scoring immediately after the half. Pender matched the Owls’ response with seven points, making the score 64-35. 

Jazmyn Smith scored an and-one and Dagg had a three-pointer to narrow the deficit. Oakton had six points, but the Lady Cavaliers quickly responded with nine, a three-pointer each from Brianna Sneed and Dagg, and a three-point play from Moody.  

KCC matched Oakton’s scoring for the rest of the quarter to start the final quarter 81-53. 

Pender kickstarted the Cavs’ ten points in the fourth with two free throws moments into the quarter. Johnson added two points, Tinsley Freeman had a three-pointer and Smith sank a free throw to score the Cavs’ final points.  

Oakton powered their way past the Cavaliers to take the win 111-63. 

The Lady Cavaliers ended their season with a 14-17 record. 



Pender and Smith led the Lady Cavaliers with 16 points each. Dagg had 11 points. Moody added 6 points. Johnson had 4 points. De Sousa, Sneed, and Freeman all added 3 points apiece.