Skipjacks rout CSM, close in on school win mark
Chesapeake will seek record-tying 15th victory next Monday
LA PLATA The Skipjacks aren’t just good they’re on the verge of becoming historically good.
Sophomore guard Ashleigh Jones notched a double-double with a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds, and three other Skipjacks reached double figures Monday night as Chesapeake College routed the College of Southern Maryland, 79-43. The Skipjacks (14-3 overall, 8-2 Maryland JuCo) claimed their third straight lopsided women’s basketball triumph and moved within one victory of the college’s record for wins in a season.
Chesapeake’s 2007-08 women’s basketball team went 15-9. This year’s Skipjacks have six more regular-season games and at least two postseason contests left to try to surpass that mark.
Chesapeake head coach Damon Nichols said he challenged his team to be great at last October’s Athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner, when the college’s 1972 and ’73 state championship volleyball squads were admitted to the Hall of Fame.
"I told them, ’You’ve got a special team and that could be you one day up there if you keep up your grades and do what you need to do on the court,’ " said Nichols.
They’ve certainly looked pretty special over the last week, winning three games by a combined margin of 134 points. Even more impressive, the Skipjacks have done it the last two games without Denver Clyde, who has been ill.
"I told the team we’ve been playing well without one of our leading scorers and rebounders," said Nichols, who expects Clyde back for next Monday’s critical game against visiting CCBC-Dundalk (11-7, 5-3). "When she comes back, we’ll be even stronger."
Shantrel Oliver scored 17 points, Deja Acree (seven assists, six steals) added 15, and Jen Carr scored 10 for the Skipjacks. Rose Smith contributed nine points and Katara Pressley chipped in eight points and eight rebounds.
Chesapeake built a 41-20 halftime lead, sparked by Jones’ 14 points.
Teshaun Greene scored a team-high 15 points for CSM (2-13, 0-7), which lost its sixth straight game.
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