Chesapeake women wear down Howard, 59-45
Skipjacks execute their offense, hit the boards in strong second half
WYE MILLS The Skipjacks didn’t make any complex halftime adjustments in Tuesday afternoon’s women’s basketball game against visiting Howard Community College.
"We just talked at halftime about running our offense and boxing out," said Chesapeake head coach Damon Nichols. "We felt if we did that, things would take care of themselves."
And that’s pretty much what happened. The Skipjacks, after trailing 24-21 at the break, scored 38 second-half points and dominated the boards in a 59-45 victory to open the 2010-11 season.
"I’m very proud of the way they came out and played in the second half," said Nichols. "We felt it was important to start off with a win, particularly with such a young team. We only have one sophomore on the roster."
That one sophomore, Cambridge-South Dorchester High graduate Ashley Molock, scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half while adding seven rebounds and three assists. North Caroline High alum Deja Acree (7-for-9 free throws, three steals) had a big second half on both ends of the court, scoring 10 of her 13 points after the break and setting the tone on defense.
"Acree had two straight steals to start the second half and then everyone followed her lead and picked it up defensively," said Nichols.
Jennifer Carr led the Skipjacks with a game-high 14 points and also pulled down seven rebounds. Ashleigh Jones (eight rebounds) and Ravin Sterling (three assists) scored six points each, and Ya’Shika Johnson (Cambridge-SD) tied Jones for the rebounding lead with eight boards.
"Another key for us was that we shot our free throws well," said Nichols, whose team went 16-for-20 at the line.
Chesapeake is off until next Tuesday when the Skipjacks host Northern Virginia Community College at 5 p.m., preceding the 7 p.m. men’s game against NoVa.
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