’Jacks shut down Frederick, move to 2-0
Floyd’s 19 points, Clyde’s second double-double lead the way
WYE MILLS Damon Nichols said Tuesday night’s women’s basketball game against visiting Frederick Community College would help his Skipjacks "gauge whether we are ready for top-notch competition."
Consider that question answered.
Chesapeake College handled Frederick, 62-49, holding the Cougars 24 points below their season average. The Skipjacks who lost by 33 points to Frederick last season used a variety of defenses to shut down the Cougars, limiting leading scorer Destinee Jernigan to just four points.
"We knew No. 14 (Jernigan) was their leader and their top scorer," said Nichols, noting Jernigan came into the game averaging 23 points per contest. "We figured if we could take her out of the game, we had a good chance to win. We kept putting fresh people on her and they all did a good job. We’ve been playing pretty good defense so far this season."
"Chesapeake’s coach did a great job of knowing our scorers and setting up his defense against us," said Frederick assistant coach Brad Spielman.
Keshara Floyd scored a game-high 19 points for the Skipjacks (2-0 overall, 1-0 Maryland JuCo) and Denver Clyde (12 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals, four blocked shots) had her second double-double in as many games. Ashleigh Jones had 10 points and six rebounds despite sitting out nearly the entire second half with a knee injury, and point guard Deja Acree finished with nine points, eight assists and six steals in a balanced team effort.
Asked about her team’s defensive effort, Clyde said the Skipjacks merely played like they practice.
"We definitely work hard on our defense in practice," said Clyde. "We play defense as a team helping each other and talking to each other. We definitely work together."
Jen Carr, who had a team-high 12 rebounds to go with her four points, said the Skipjacks also worked hard on the boards.
"We’ve got a lot of big girls," said Carr, whose team features four players listed at 5-foot-11 or taller. "Our main focus is to box out and crash the boards."
Frederick’s only lead of the game came at 5-4 on a transition layup by Kia Duncan (team-high 16 points). The Skipjacks answered with a 7-0 run that featured a pair of hoops by Jones to take the lead for good.
Chesapeake, which had a 26-21 halftime advantage, opened the season half with a 16-3 surge to take its largest lead at 42-24. Floyd started and ended the spurt with baskets and had half of the points during the run.
Frederick (3-3, 0-1) responded with its only sustained run of the game, using increased defense pressure to fuel a 14-2 spurt and get within 48-43 with 6:02 remaining. Shakena Williams (15 points) scored the first four points and Duncan the final five points of the run before Nichols called timeout.
Chesapeake came out of the timeout with an 11-1 run that included four points each by Acree and Clyde to restore the Skipjacks’ control of the game.
"When we made that run our intensity picked up and we forced some turnovers," said Frederick’s Spielman. "Once they called timeout, they settled down and were able to get back in a rhythm. We also had a couple of turnovers that led to fast breaks."
The Skipjacks travel to Howard Community College Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest.
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