Chesapeake women overwhelm Pioneers
Skipjacks’ 41-0 run decides contest early and ends two-game skid
WYE MILLS Chesapeake College had clear advantages in quickness, rebounding and the transition game and the host Skipjacks pressed each of those advantages in Wednesday’s 79-12 women’s basketball victory over outmatched Anne Arundel Community College.
Chesapeake (12-3 overall, 6-2 Maryland JuCo) ran off 41 straight points and blanked the Pioneers for more than 13 minutes on the way to a 46-5 halftime cushion. The Skipjacks scored their first 11 points off offensive rebounds, then ramped up their transition game via a highly effective, full-court press. Chesapeake scored 10 first-half baskets in transition, including six straight possessions late in the half.
Ashleigh Jones (nine rebounds) scored a game-high 18 points while four other Skipjacks hit double digits in the win. Rose Smith (nine rebounds) scored 13 points, Shantrel Oliver (seven assists, five steals) had 12, and both Denver Clyde and Deja Acree scored 10 points. Jen Carr (game-high 16 rebounds) and Katara Pressley (10 rebounds) each just missed double-doubles while finishing with eight points.
Chesapeake head coach Damon Nichols said he was pleased with his team’s work on the boards.
"Their coach (John Wardell) was saying before the game that one of their problems was giving up three and four shots at the basket," said Chesapeake head coach Damon Nichols, whose team had 31 first-half rebounds 16 off the offensive glass. "We’ve been talking about boxing out and rebounding all week long."
Pressley confirmed Nichols’ emphasis on hitting the boards.
"Coach tells us to box out all the time," said Pressley. "We’ve been working on it in practice and he lets us know when he doesn’t see it when we watch the game tape."
Nichols, meanwhile, called a timeout in the game’s first two minutes to urge his team to pick up the tempo.
"We’ve got to push the ball," said Nichol, whose team responded with 18 steals and an effective transition game. "We have the foot speed to push the ball and beat teams up the court. We just have to do it."
Chesapeake used the victory to snap a two-game losing streak. Unbeaten Montgomery College/Rockville leads Maryland JuCo, but five other teams Hagerstown (16-1, 6-1), Allegany (9-5, 4-1), Chesapeake, Prince George’s (9-4, 5-2), and Frederick (12-5, 4-2) started play Wednesday with two or less league losses.
Ironically, the game was close for the first six minutes before the Skipjacks got untracked.
Clyde and Smith scored off offensive rebounds with Smith turning hers into a three-point play to give Chesapeake an early 5-0 lead. The Pioneers, however, seemed to get right back in the game on Nina Herron’s 3-point basket with 14:31 left in the first half except the Pioneers’ next points didn’t come until just 78 seconds before halftime.
In between the Pioneers’ baskets, Acree scored 10 points mostly in transition as she came up with three first-half steals to lead the Skipjacks on their 41-0 scoring spree. Jones finished the first half with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Clyde and Smith each contributed seven first-half points.
Christina Powell led Anne Arundel (7-10, 1-6) with four points.
Wardell said his Pioneers all but two of whom are freshmen have been hurt by inexperience.
"We make too many mistakes that experienced basketball players don’t make," said Wardell. "Two or three of my players never played high school ball. They’re going through the process of getting that experience."
The Skipjacks host Baltimore City Community College (6-12, 3-3) Friday at 5 p.m. Chesapeake’s men’s basketball team plays BCCC in a 7 p.m. contest.
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