Lady Knights have made many contributions, talk about their plans
Editor’s note: Sorry, Chanelle, Tahniyaah, Dalton and our readers, for the oversight that caused this article to be published late.
By Dalton Koller
Knightly News Reporter
The Lady Knights basketball team held its Senior Night honors spotlight session during its last home game, at East Pennsboro Area Senior High School, on Feb. 19.
The team played Villa Maria College, a team the ladies hadn’t played in the season until then. The visitors won, 60-55.
Chanelle Perry, a senior, was honored before the game. Tahniyaah Jackson, also a senior, was not honored before the game because she had been honored before last year’s senior game, as an undergraduate. Jackson was a graduate student at Central Penn during the 2022-2023 season.
Last season, Perry averaged 6 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, one assist per game, and 0.7 steals.
Jackson averaged 13.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 3.5 steals a game.
“I came to Central Penn for a fresh start. I was already committed to getting my degree here,” Perry said of how she came to Central Penn. “So, once I realized that I could also have the opportunity to start over and be able to keep myself motivated for school with basketball, I was sold. There was a new coach and a new team that I looked forward to be a part of.”
Her proudest moment playing for the Lady Knights?
“When we beat Christendom at home this season.,” she said. “We put forth our best team effort and competed very well. I also had fun playing against York at home this year. That was one of my best games.”
She added that she looked forward “to us making the playoffs, which would be my proudest moment overall before graduating.”
The Lady Knights did get to the playoffs. The team lost to the University of Maine – Augusta, 94-84, in the USCAA Division 2 Small College National Championship, in Petersburg, Virginia.
They then faced Christendom in that tournament, losing 64-53.
Perry plans to open her own daycare facility after graduation.
Jackson shared some insights on her CPC basketball career and her plans after graduating,
“Prior to attending CP, I went to an overpopulated school where I had to stand up in class, due to it not being enough seats,” she said. “So, I came here for the small class size and the family like culture.”
Jackson’s proudest moment playing at CPC?
“Being a two-time (USCAA) All-American and having my jersey retired in the National (Women’s Basketball) Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee,” she said.
The USCAA is the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.
After Jackson graduates, she plans “to go overseas” to play basketball. She said she was “invited to a combine at the end of March.”
The News wishes both of them the best of luck.
Koller is secretary of The Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College.
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Edited by media-club co-adviser and blog editor Professor Michael Lear-Olimpi.