Skipjack women share the wealth, improve to 2-0
Molock scores game-high 16 points; Jones has double-double
WYE MILLS There aren’t any bystanders in Chesapeake College’s offensive philosophy.
Five different Skipjacks scored their first 10 points and seven scored in the first 11 minutes of Tuesday night’s women’s basketball game against Northern Virginia Community College. That balance was one major reason the Skipjacks (2-0) notched a 54-31 victory.
"When you spread the ball around, everyone’s happy and they play like a team," said Chesapeake head coach Damon Nichols.
Ashley Molock scored a game-high 16 points, Ashleigh Jones (team-high 12 rebounds) added 11, and two other Skipjacks Jen Carr and Deja Acree just missed double figures with eight points each.
"We were passing the ball around well and getting open shots," noted Molock, who said the Skipjacks’ patience on offense was another key.
Chesapeake led wire-to-wire, taking a 4-0 lead as Molock hit a jumper on the Skipjacks’ opening position and Rebecca Wooten (eight rebounds) scored on a layup off a nice lob inside from Carr. Chesapeake then expanded a 5-4 lead with a 9-0 run that included layups from Acree, Jones, and Molock, two Carr free throws, and an Acree charity toss.
NoVa couldn’t get any closer than eight points in the remainder of the first half, which ended with the Skipjacks holding a 27-16 advantage. The Raiders were only that close because April Neal scored all nine of her points before the break.
Chesapeake extended its lead to 35-18 to start the second half, going on an 8-2 run that included two Jones baskets, a Carr hoop, and a pair of free throws from Jackie Buswell (five points). The Raiders made one run, getting within 39-27 on a basket from Kim Walton (team-high 10 points), but Chesapeake finished the game with a 15-4 spurt.
While pleased with the 2-0 start, Nichols said the Skipjacks still have plenty of room for improvement.
"We weren’t playing defense with our feet we were playing defense with our hands . . . just lazy defense," said Nichols. "We need to pick it up on defense and boxing out. That’s the big areas I see for improvement."
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