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McCray shines in first year of JUCO ball

Portia McCray continues to make a huge difference in her first season of junior college basketball.

The former Rockdale star, who led the 2010-11 state tournament team in scoring, is off to a great start with Eastern Wyoming College (Torrington, Wyo.). McCray is averaging 15.1 points and eight rebounds, both tops on the team.

"Portia has done a very good job for us so far and I expect more from her in the future," said Eastern Wyoming coach Tom Andersen. "Portia is a very skilled player and causes some very difficult match ups for opposing teams."

McCray has played at both the small and power forward position for the Lancers, and is shooting 43 percent (61-of-141) from the field and 68 percent (40-of-59) from the free throw line.

"We play her at a (small and power forward) position and if guarded by a (small forward) she can dominate them inside with her strength," Andersen said. "If she is guarded by a (power forward or a center) then we isolate her on the perimeter or high post and she can beat them off the dribble or with a perimeter shot. Portia has the potential to be an excellent junior college player and can develop into a player that can move on and be very successful."

McCray and the Lancers, who have struggled to a 3-9 start, return to the court after a long winter break when they host Trinidad Junior College on Jan. 13.