Skipjacks bounce back, dominate at AACC mixer
Jones leads Chesapeake women past Garrett, CCAC-South
ARNOLD The Skipjacks showed no lingering effects from their first loss of the season, bouncing back to post a pair of easy women’s basketball wins this weekend at Anne Arundel Community College’s Pioneers Classic.
Chesapeake College (10-1) blew past Garrett College, 79-51, on Saturday and blasted Community College of Allegheny-South, 78-27, on Sunday. Sophomore guard Ashleigh Jones led the way each day, scoring 19 against Garrett and 21 against CCAC-South.
"It was really important to come back and win here after we let one get away," said Jones, referring to last Wednesday’s 56-52 loss at Hagerstown in which the Hawks scored the game’s final 10 points. "We had to come out here, do our job and not take anything for granted."
Myrea Carroll (13 points), Denver Clyde (12), and Deja Acree (11) joined Jones in double figures against Garrett. The Skipjacks built a 34-19 halftime advantage and then methodically expanded on their lead as Jones scored 14 second-half points.
Chesapeake asserted early control of Sunday’s contest. The Skipjacks opened in a full-court press that forced 11 Tiger turnovers in the game’s first five minutes as Chesapeake built a 16-2 lead. Four of Chesapeake’s first six baskets came on transition layups off Tiger turnovers, including a pair by Jones.
"It (the press) was just to basically get them out of their game," said Jones.
The Skipjacks stepped on the gas again at the end of the first half with transition layups from three different players as part of an 11-2 run that gave Chesapeake a 38-15 halftime bulge.
Carroll and Jones combined for 22 second-half points, with Carroll scoring 12 of her 16 after the break. Acree also reached double figures with 11 points, while Keshara Floyd just missed with nine points.
The Skipjacks were guided in both games by assistant coach James Thomas, who was subbing for head coach Damon Nichols. Nichols was attending his wife’s graduation from a master’s degree program over the weekend.
"It was a good team effort," Thomas said of the Skipjacks’ weekend performance. "They were distributing the ball, moving it around and looking for cutters.
"We haven’t really played a complete game yet," added Thomas. "We could be a very dangerous team when we do put it all together."
Notes: Sunday’s win gave Chesapeake double-digit victories before Christmas for the first time in the college’s history. Last season, the Skipjacks finished with nine wins. . . .
The Skipjacks are off until January 4th, when they play a 5 p.m. game at Cecil College. They do not play again at home until a January 13th contest against CCBC-Dundalk, which also starts at 5 p.m.
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