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Aguilar and Henry Named PCAC South Coach and Player of the Year


The Knights finished the 2016-17 regular season with their best overall record (14-12) ever, a 6-2 conference record that earned them a share of the PCAC South championship, the program's first, and they qualified for the playoff for the first time ever. 

Those team accomplishments led the PCAC South to award several Knights for their individual success, including Coach of the Year and Player of the Year.

Head Coach Andrea Aguilar was named PCAC South Co-Coach of the Year for the first time in her five season at City. She took over a program that had won a total of 14 wins in the three seasons before she arrived and quickly turned it around. 

In her first three seasons, the Knights won a total of 38 games and had winning conference records in each of those seasons, something the team had never achieved before. The 2016-17 season was the first time that the Knights earned a winning record overall and in the conference.

The PCAC South also named sophomore center Samera Henry as its Player of the Year. She recorded 21 double-doubles this season and averaged team-highs in points (17.2), rebounds (13.8), and field goal percentage (53.5). 

Henry scored at least 20 points on nine occasions with a season-high 29 points in the championship game of the Knights' Colbert Classic on December 11. She pulled down at least 20 rebounds twice, including a season-high 21 in a win over Citrus on November 19. 

Seven other Knights were named to the All-PCAC South team, including Evangeline Morga, E'maniee Powell, and Angeleah Johnson who were selected to the first team. Andreya Wright and Maggie Payne were named to the All-PCAC South second team, while Rusdee Wittman and Shaterion Alexander were given honorable mention. 

Morga was second on the team in scoring with an average of 13.3 points. She led the team with 71 three-pointers and made six in three of the last five games. Morga scored a season-high 24 points in a 75-45 win over Mesa on February 3.

Powell, City's point guard, led the team with 4.8 assists per game and was second in rebounds with 5.8 per game. She averaged 11.2 points, which was third on the team, and scored a season-high 24 points in an 85-78 win at Southwestern on February 15. She recorded a season-best 11 assists in a win over Mesa on February 3, and grabbed 10 rebounds on three occasions this season. Powell also led the team in steals with 2.7 per game.

Johnson averaged 4.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.5 steals. Her best scoring output, 16 points, came in a blowout win over Imperial Valley on January 20.

Wright averaged 5.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.3 steals off the bench for the Knights. She provided a season-high 17 points in a win at Imperial Valley on February 8.