JOHNSTOWN - When Kassandra Flowers attended Murry Bergtruam High School in New York City, she did not see a lot of playing time for the Blazers.
"Honestly, I didn't really play in high school," Flowers said. "I just didn't feel I was good enough to play for them. I tried to play and do what I could. I just didn't give up."
However, her game was a perfect fit for Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Kassandra Flowers (5) drives against Finger Lakes Community College’s Jordan Smith during Friday’s Region III Division III quarterfinal game. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
"One of my high school teammates encouraged me to come to FM because she was going there to play basketball," Flowers said. "I hadn't decided if I was going to go to school or not. She made me want to come. I came to visit and Coach [Kevin] Jones said he needed me here, so I came here to play."
For her performance, especially in the second half of the season, Flowers was named the Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year.
"It means a lot," Flowers said. "I just feel like I didn't let the team down. I struggled early, but with their help, I came back."
Flowers also was named to the Region II, Division III All-Region team along with Shaniece Brown and Stevie Ray of Mohawk Valley Community College, Casi Strait from Finger Lakes Community College, Raeshelle Frasier of Hudson Valley Community College and Kayla Kibling of Onondaga Community College.
"Both Kassandra and Kendra Jordan have really blossomed here," FMCC coach Jones said. "They played on a team that usually sends five to seven players to Division I schools. Sometimes the reserve players don't really see much playing time."
Flowers, a general studies major, averaged 17 points per game and set an FMCC record hitting 10 3-pointers en route a 32-point game against Clinton Community College.
"I couldn't sleep the night before that game because I knew we could not lose many more games," she said. "I know I am a shooter and my coach kept telling me to shoot. I just let it go."
The Lady Raiders earned the fourth seed in the Region III Division III tournament and defeated fifth-seeded Finger Lakes 64-51 Friday before falling in the semifinals 71-52 to top-seeded Mohawk Valley.
"It meant we had to have players step up," Flowers said of her team's postseason run. "You can't depend on one player, we are all wearing Raiders jerseys. I love my teammates and coach. Honestly, I am looking forward to next year and to work with the freshmen coming in."