’Jacks fall in battle of ranked women’s teams
Rockville, No. 8 in D-III, drops Chesapeake, No. 19 in D-II
ROCKVILLE Wednesday’s women’s basketball game between Chesapeake College and host Montgomery College/Rockville didn’t just pit two of the top teams in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference. It was also a battle of nationally ranked teams, with Rockville No. 8 in the latest NJCAA Division III poll and Chesapeake coming into the game fresh off breaking into the Division II poll at No. 19.
Montgomery/Rockville won the heavyweight match-up, 76-70, but not before the Skipjacks made a ferocious, second-half comeback that nearly wiped out a 20-point deficit. The win by Rockville (14-3 overall, 5-0 league) combined with Cecil College’s 62-60 defeat of Prince George’s Community College (9-3, 5-1) left the Knights as the last undefeated team in conference play.
Alexandra Silva scored a game-high 22 points, Faye Dunston added 19 and Porcha Davis chipped in 17 for the Knights, who handed Chesapeake its second straight loss against top-flight competition. Allegany College knocked off the Skipjacks, 86-71, Monday night in a game that didn’t count in the conference standings.
"We’ve got to come in, practice hard, put these games behind us and look forward," said Chesapeake head coach Damon Nichols, whose Skipjacks (11-3, 5-2) defeated Allegany (9-5, 4-1) earlier this season in a game that did count in the conference standings. "We have to concentrate on boxing out, making our free throws and playing better defense."
While disappointed with the first back-to-back losses of the season, Nichols said the national ranking was noteworthy recognition.
"I think it’s a huge accomplishment," said Nichols. "I told our players this shows that hard work pays off. This is something they accomplished as a team and I’m proud of that. It’s good for the team and the college."
Rockville broke out to a 38-27 halftime lead and expanded its cushion to 20 points in the second half.
"We didn’t play good ’help’ defense and we didn’t box out," said Nichols, who also noted his squad’s 12-for-20 free-throw shooting as an issue. By contrast, Rockville made 25-of-35 foul shots.
The Skipjacks’ rally was fueled by their Big Three. Shantrel Oliver (team-high 21 points), Denver Clyde (16 points, eight rebounds) and Ashleigh Jones (14 points) combined for 32 second-half points as Chesapeake made a game of it.
Jen Carr added a double-double for the Skipjacks with 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, and Rose Smith chipped in with eight points.
Note: Chesapeake’s home game against CCBC-Dundalk, scheduled for Friday, has been rescheduled for January 30th at 5 p.m. The Skipjacks’ next game is now on Wednesday at 5 p.m. against visiting Anne Arundel Community College.
Allegany College 86, Chesapeake 71
CUMBERLAND Denver Clyde scored a game-high 28 points and Ashleigh Jones added 20 for the Skipjacks, but it wasn’t enough against Allegany’s balanced attack.
Brittany Taylor (21 points), Madie Nightengale (18), Taylor Siggers (16), and Kelly Baker (11) all reached double figures for the Trojans, who scored 46 second-half points to expand on their 40-34 halftime advantage.
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