Posted Online: March 08, 2014, 9:41 pm

Rocky grad Allen will play national tourney

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The Daily Journal/ Kankakee Community College fresham and 2013 Rock Island graduate Cairece Allen drives around Parkland College's Jerica Hawkins defends during a game last month.
ELGIN -- Rock Island High School graduate Cairece Allen admitted a week ago that she didn't envision herself playing big minutes for the Kankakee Community College women's basketball team as a freshman this season. As it turns out, she has started 25 of her team's 33 games.

On Saturday, Allen achieved another success she never expected when the Lady Cavaliers ran their record to 27-6 with a 79-56 rout of Moraine Valley in the NJCAA Region IV-D championship game.

KCC advances to the NJCAA Division II national tournament March 18-22 in Overland Park, Kan.

"I never thought I'd be playing in a national tournament," Allen said. "This was our goal, to win the region. Now, our next goal is to win the first game in the national tournament and go from there."

No boxscore was available from the game and Allen couldn't remember her statistics but said, "I played pretty well. It was a team win. Coach said to get after them early and I don't think they had any idea what we had for them."
-- Staff report