Revenge of the Skipjacks II
Unbeaten Chesapeake tops Allegany in another ’payback’ game
WYE MILLS Sometimes the sequel is just as good as the original.
Wednesday’s showing was Revenge of the Skipjacks II. Chesapeake College avenged another one of last season’s lopsided women’s basketball losses by downing Allegany College of Maryland, 56-51, as the Skipjacks ran their record to 5-0.
"Frederick was the first one," said Chesapeake head coach Damon Nichols, referring to a 62-49 win earlier this season against a team that beat the Skipjacks by 28 last year. "Allegany was the other team that beat us pretty bad (82-37) last season."
Deja Acree, a sophomore who played in both of those lopsided losses last season, scored a game-high 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds in addition to being a disruptive force on defense.
"We lost to them (Allegany) last year by so much," recalled Acree. "It’s nice that we get to come back this year and beat teams like Allegany and Frederick."
Chesapeake’s Denver Clyde (15 points, eight rebounds) praised Acree’s inspired play.
"She always works hard and she’s never selfish," Clyde said of Acree. "She’s always looking to get the ball to the player with the open shot, but if no one’s open she can knock down the shot herself."
The Skipjacks’ feel-good win was put in doubt by their horrific free-throw shooting. Chesapeake shot 11-for-23 from the foul line, including five misses in the final minute.
"I don’t understand it," Nichols said of his team’s free-throw follies. "We spend a lot of time on free throws in practice. I don’t think we would have had to fight for this win the way we had to fight at the end of the game if we had just hit some free throws."
Allegany head coach Garett Sherman praised the Skipjacks’ effort while lamenting his own team’s performance.
"I thought our effort was horrible," said Sherman. "Chesapeake outworked out. They wanted it and they deserved to win."
Chesapeake (5-0 overall, 4-0 Maryland JuCo) took a 31-28 halftime lead by scoring the final six points of the first half. Acree sandwiched a pair of transition layups around two Myrea Carroll free throws to erase a 28-25 Trojan advantage.
Allegany (4-4, 1-1) opened the second half with an 8-1 run, but the Skipjacks responded with a 10-2 spurt of their own. Clyde had a pair of layups during Chesapeake’s run, which Acree capped with a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Skipjacks a 42-38 advantage.
The Trojans tied the game at 42 as Ashlie Sutton hit two free throws and Kelly Baker drained a jumper, but Acree turned a steal into a three-point play to put the Skipjacks ahead to stay, 45-42, with 8:25 remaining.
Allegany got within a point four times down the stretch, the last time on a spinning layup by Taylor Siggers (team-high 12 points) that pulled the Trojans within 52-51 with 37.1 seconds remaining. The Skipjacks who had missed four of their previous five free throws then put the game away at the line as Ashleigh Jones (nine points, eight rebounds) hit two with 19.8 seconds remaining and Acree split a pair just two seconds later.
Nichols said the team’s defense which held Allegany to 23 second-half points remains a key to the team’s success.
"We try to hold the other team to less than 50," said Nichols, whose team had accomplished that goal in three of its first four games. "We didn’t quite get there tonight, but I thought our second-half defense was much improved over the first half."
Notes: Jen Carr had six points and eight rebounds for the Skipjacks.
Chesapeake is off until December 9th, when the Skipjacks start the three-day Baltimore City Community College Charm City Classic. They will play Tidewater Community College, Globe College, and Potomac State College on successive days.
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