(DCC Athletics release)
GLENDIVE – Coach Romeo Lagmay, Jr. signed two outstanding athletes from Cimarron-Memorial High School in Las Vegas, NV. Cimarron had a 21-8 record, placing them second in the 4A Division and lost in the first round of the playoffs. Tasia Moore and Chynna Torrence made their commitment after Lagmay evaluated and discussed with them about the opportunity to become a Lady Buccaneer at DCC after a spring showcase event held in March.
“I’m fortunate to have a great connection in Las Vegas with Who Got Next organization that features unsigned underclassmen players,” said Lagmay. “Coach and Director Andre Hanley points out some of the best players available in his showcases. Tasia is as tough as nails, and seems unstoppable. We expect her to make an immediate impact as a fast paced guard who can take it coast to coast along with swarming on ball defense. Her teammate Chynna is a rebounding machine and will get physical down low ready to bang. Already that combination is exciting to have going into the season with confidence.”
Cimarron-Memorial’s Head Basketball Coach Malcolm Griffin commented on his players, “I am very proud of both Tasia Moore & Chynna Torrence on committing to Dawson College. What Dawson is getting is two tough, hard-nosed kids whose effort will never be in question. Four-year varsity player Tasia Moore is coming off one of the best individual seasons in Cimarron-Memorial girls’ basketball history. She was the only player in our region who averaged a double double (15.2 PPG and 10.2 RPG) in addition to getting a triple double in a tournament win over Christmas break. Tasia is the school’s all-time leader in charges taken and will be an immediate factor for the Lady Bucs.”
“Chynna Torrence is one of the hardest working players I’ve ever coached,” said Griffen. “Chynna, who just started playing basketball as a freshman, epitomizes what hard work looks like. She worked her way up the ladder, playing on the freshman team, sophomore year coming off the bench on JV before becoming a full time starter her last two years of high school. Chynna was top 5 in the state in offensive rebounds per game with 4 and top 10 in the state in rebounds per game with 9.4. I’m excited to see how they develop and will be following them closely the next few years! You can add that they led us to the most successful season in school history with 21 wins.”
Tasia was ecstatic about her signing saying, “I started playing basketball in the 7th grade and I never thought anything of it at the time; it was just for fun. After I tore my ACL in the 8th grade and couldn’t play basketball until the following season, I realized how much the sport really meant to me. Basketball is everything to me and ever since my freshman year of high school I wanted to play at the next level. I never actually thought that I would be good enough to make it but I started working hard all year round to make it happen. I would like to thank all of my coaches, friends and family for supporting me and I would like to thank Coach Romeo for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to further my education and basketball career at Dawson College! I’m super excited and I can’t wait to see what I bring to the table these next two years.”
Chynna had similar feelings as her teammate, “Going into my freshman year of high school I didn’t know much when it came to basketball. Until try outs, I actually had never played the sport. Starting out it was difficult, but one thing I knew is that I wanted to continue playing and expanding my knowledge. Ultimately, I knew one day I wanted to play at the next level while receiving a degree in physical therapy. As a student athlete, you are expected to play to your best ability, however, I’ve always prioritized my education. It is a true blessing to be able to have the support of my family, friends, and coaches throughout this journey. Each and every one of them has played their own personal part in making me into the young woman I have become thus far. I am truly excited to further my education at Dawson College all while playing a sport that I truly love. Lastly, I wanted to express my thanks to Coach Romeo Lagmay for believing in me and allowing me to be under his guidance for the next two years. I’m as ready as ever!”
DCC now has seven players committed for next season: three from Las Vegas, three from Montana and one from the Netherlands.