’Jacks come back, top Pot State for 8-0 slate
Chesapeake to put perfect start on line against 9-1 Hagerstown
BALTIMORE Two injured players and a 10-point, second-half deficit is no way to stay undefeated.
At least not usually.
Chesapeake College overcame both factors and rallied for an 80-75 women’s basketball victory over Potomac (W. Va.) State College Sunday afternoon in the Charm City Classic. The Skipjacks (8-0) used the triumph to cap off three victories in a 48-hour whirlwind at Baltimore City Community College.
"The fans were excited, the kids were excited but they stayed calm," said Chesapeake head coach Damon Nichols of Sunday’s highly charged atmosphere. "This game was good for us a real eye-opener for the team, to show them we can handle adversity and come back and win the game."
Nichols said the key was the fact that his players didn’t panic.
"We got back into the game slowly," said Nichols. "We chipped away at the lead. Every (second-half) possession was valuable."
The Skipjacks routed Tidewater (Va.) Community College, 83-31, in Friday’s opener and Globe (N.Y.) Institute of Technology, 73-47, Saturday night. Nichols, however, knew Potomac State reigning Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association champion might provide his team with its biggest challenge to date.
The Skipjacks were up to the challenge. Denver Clyde (game-high 25 points) and Ashleigh Jones (20 points) each had 16 second-half points and finished off double-doubles with 10 rebounds apiece as Chesapeake rallied to stay unbeaten.
"I think my big players stepped up at the right time," said Nichols.
Clyde who averaged 20.3 points and 10.7 rebounds this weekend with three double-doubles overcame a split lip that kept her out of part of the second half. Meanwhile, point guard Deja Acree (eight points, eight assists, four steals) missed the closing minutes after sustaining a possible concussion during the comeback.
Rose Smith was Chesapeake’s third double-digit scorer with 10 points, while Jen Carr (six points) was Chesapeake’s third 10-rebound performer.
Brandi Robertson and Ashley Hines scored 18 points each for Potomac State while teammate Alexis Steele added 15.
The Skipjacks will take their perfect 4-0 Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference record to Hagerstown Community College Wednesday for a 5 p.m. showdown against the Hawks (9-1, 3-1).
"That’s a huge game," Nichols said of Wednesday’s matchup. "I told my kids we have a bull’s eye on our back. We just need to maintain our game and do our stuff. We need to be ready for two hours of hard practice every day the games should be fun, but practices are supposed to be hard as heck."
Chesapeake 73, Globe 47
BALTIMORE Ashleigh Jones scored a team-high 16 points Saturday while Denver Clyde had another double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds to pace Chesapeake.
Keshara Floyd was the third Skipjack in double digits with 12 points while Rose Smith (seven points) led the team with 12 rebounds.
Chesapeake 83, Tidewater 31
BALTIMORE Denver Clyde scored a game-high 22 points to go along with 11 rebounds and seven assists in Friday night’s victory.
Ashleigh Jones finished with 13 points and five rebounds. She also had team highs in assists (eight) and steals (seven).
Myrea Carroll (12 points) and Keshara Floyd (11 points) also finished in double figures for Chesapeake.
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