Larissa Knight

Larissa Knight, No. 4 for Western Wyoming, carries the ball against CSI on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2014 in Twin Falls.

TWIN FALLS | There was a sparse crowd Tuesday night for CSI’s 84-50 women’s basketball win against Western Wyoming Community College.

Were it not for a certain visiting Mustang, though, there would have been fewer fans still.

Larissa Knight, the Times-News small school area girls basketball player of the year last season for Hagerman, is in her first season at WWCC. She started for the Mustangs, receiving a rousing cheer when she was introduced.

“It was great to have them out to support me,” Knight said after the game. “Hagerman’s a great community, lots of fans. I really appreciate them coming out.”

Aside from a brief trip at the beginning of the semester, this was Knight’s first time back in the area since leaving for WWCC.

After the game, the Hagerman fans there to see her stuck around as Knight weaved through a field of familiar faces, seemingly greeting each one.

“It’s always great being back in the Magic Valley,” Knight said. “I miss home. I love it here. It’s fun to see our community.”

The freshman finished with six points on a pair of 3-pointers that helped give her team a brief lead before CSI pulled away late in the first half on a 25-0 run.

CSI coach Randy Rogers knew of Knight’s local roots and knew that a strong effort from her could give his squad trouble.

“It was nice to see Larissa back in the area,” Rogers said, “but you don’t like to see someone come in and score.”

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