Lester surpasses 1K points; Red Hawks defeat Jags

Lester surpasses 1K points; Red Hawks defeat Jags

SMITHFIELD, N.C. — On a record-setting day for the program, the Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team finished off its 2017-18 regular season with an 80-37 road conference victory against Johnston Community College.

Shaniya Lester and Tanisha Wall led the Red Hawks (25-5, 20-2 in Region X) with 17 points each in Saturday's conference game.

A free throw by Lester in the first quarter of the contest notched her 1,000th career point — making her the first Catawba Valley women's or men's basketball player to earn that distinction.

The Red Hawks led 15-10 after the first quarter of the game and outscored the Jaguars 19-5 in the second quarter to pull ahead 34-15 at halftime.

In the second half, Catawba Valley outscored Johnston 46-22 to earn its 25th victory of the season.

Ariana Huskey paced the Jaguars (9-19, 3-19 in Region X) with 16 points in Saturday's contest.

Sophomores Nikkyana McCaskill and Tanisha Wall also reached double figures in scoring for Catawba Valley with 14 and 13 points, respectievly.

With the regular season over, the CVCC women's basketball team starts play in the Region X tournament in Lenoir, N.C. on Thursday.

The Red Hawks' opponent and game time have yet to be announced. Be sure to check back at www.gocvcc.com for complete updates from the tournament.