Each week during the sports seasons, Tompkins Cortland Community College recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of a student athlete with the Panther Athlete of the Week.
Tandra (Merced H.S./Merced, Calif.) played a big role in helping the Panthers go 1-1 over the final week of the semester. She averaged 10 rebounds per game, including 11 in the win over Hudson Valley. She also recorded a total of two steals and two assists with no turnovers as the Panthers entered the winter break on a positive note.
David (Midwood H.S./Brooklyn) helped the Panthers open the Mid-State Athletic Conference schedule with a win with a big effort on Tuesday. Taking on Jefferson, Wilson poured in 20 points while handing out five assists to help the Panthers to an 89-75 win. He followed that up with 13 points and five assists on Saturday against Mohawk Valley. For the week the freshman averaged 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.0 steals per game.
Jaida (Elmira H.S./Elmira) continued her strong freshman season with three big games this week. In Tuesday's win over Herkimer, she finished with 17 rebounds, 16 points, and seven blocked shots. On Friday at North Country, she grabbed 14 rebounds while scoring eight points and blocking eight shots. Saturday's win at Clinton capped the week with 16 points, 12 rebounds, eight blocks, and three assists.
Malik (Bulkeley H.S./Hartford, Conn.) had two strong games this week, helping Tompkins Cortland to its first regional win of the season. In the win at Schenectady, the sophomore scored 14 points to go with two rebounds and one assist. He followed that up with 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in the game against Jamestown.
Tyler (Westhill H.S./Stamford, Conn.) had a consistent opening week for the Panthers women's basketball team. In the win over Erie she led the team with four assists and three steals while tying for the team lead with nine rebounds. She added six points in the 60-54 win. In Saturday's game vs. Fulton-Montgomery, Tyler scored a team-best 15 points to go with four steals, four rebounds, and two assists.
Anasah (Elmira H.S./Elmira) helped the Panthers to a big week, especially on the defensive end of the field. In Wednesday's game at Cayuga, Anasah and her teammates controlled play while posting a convincing win. On Sunday the defense held Mohawk Valley to just three shots over 110 minutes of play. The 0-0 tie was the team's second shutout this month and kept the post-season hopes alive.
Tara (Newark Valley H.S./Berkshire) anchored the defensive unit during a strong week. On Wednesday, the Panthers shut out Corning, limiting the Red Barons to just three shots on goal the whole game. The sophomore had another big game Saturday against nationally ranked Finger Lakes, helping limit the Lakers to just two goals.
Cali (Coventry H.S./Coventry, Conn.) helped the Panthers break out of a slump and earn two wins this week. On Wednesday, she picked up an assist on the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win at Mercyhurst North East. She followed that up with a goal and an assist in the 2-1 overtime win Saturday against Jamestown. In that contest, Daly scored the game winner late in overtime, helping the Panthers put together back-to-back wins for the second time this season.
J.D. (Plattsburgh H.S./Plattsburgh) earned the first shutout of his collegiate career, helping the Panthers post a very important 1-0 win over Onondaga Saturday. The freshman controlled the box the entire game, finishing with six saves against a Lazers team that entered the day with a 6-2 record. The win keeps the Panthers undefeated in conference play while also breathing life into the team's NJCAA playoff hopes.
Nakia (Middletown H.S./Middletown) continued to lead the Panthers with her solid play this week. In the four matches this week the sophomore led the team in aces and assists, and was second on the team in digs and kills. For the season she leads the Panthers in assists with 73 and aces with 18. She is third on the tam in kills with 20 and digs with 55.
Adam (Candor H.S./Candor) is the first Athlete of the Week for this season, thanks to a pair of big games. After recording an assist early in Wednesday's game against Niagara, the freshman scored the first goal of his collegiate career midway through the first half of the Panthers win. He followed that up with another goal and assist in Saturday's game against nationally ranked Genesee. Nichols' weekly stat line of two goals and two assists led the Panthers.
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