’Jacks tie school wins mark
Clyde posts 24 points, 15 rebounds in return to lead the way
WYE MILLS Chesapeake College tied the school record for women’s basketball victories Monday night, using a 59-41 triumph over CCBC-Dundalk to match the 2007-08 Skipjacks with their 15th win.
If their recent play is any indication, it won’t be long until this year’s Skipjacks stand alone in the record book.
"This is hands-down the best Chesapeake team I’ve seen," said Dundalk head coach Robert Long, who had been 6-0 in his coaching career against Chesapeake.
Denver Clyde, who missed the last two games due to illness, came back to spark the Skipjacks (15-3 overall, 9-2 league) with a game-high 24 points and 15 rebounds.
"When you have competition, it’s a big turn-on," said Clyde, who scored the Skipjacks’ final eight points of the first half after Dundalk (11-10, 5-6) had put together an 8-0 run to get within 22-18. "We just have to play like that every game and keep working on our defense."
Chesapeake head coach Damon Nichols said he expected a big game from Clyde.
"I figured she was anxious to get back on the floor with her teammates," said Nichols.
Clyde and Shantrel Oliver the only other Skipjack in double figures with 12 points took turns shouldering the first-half offensive load, scoring 12 and 11, respectively, before the break. Oliver took the first shift, scoring 11 of Chesapeake’s first 19 points before Clyde’s big, first-half finish helped the Skipjacks take a 30-22 lead at the break.
The game was that close in large part thanks to Dundalk’s 6-foot freshman, Lindsay Bradford, who came up one blocked shot short of a triple-double. Bradford (14 points, 13 rebounds) blocked six first-half shots, including several Chesapeake layups.
Nichols said he encouraged his team to go right at Bradford in the second half despite her shot-blocking success, and the team did that with much better success after the break.
"I just told them to keep on going after her and use a pump-fake. With a shot-blocker like that, she’s bound to get into foul trouble," said Nichols after Bradford drew her third foul just 2:23 into the second half, significantly limiting her playing time.
Clyde scored six points and Deja Acree (seven points) added a pair of layups as the Skipjacks started the second half with a 15-3 run that broke the game open.
Two of the sophomores on this year’s Chesapeake squad Ashleigh Jones (six points, three steals) and Jen Carr (two points, seven rebounds) said it was apparent very early that this team could be special.
"As soon as practice started it was obvious we had a good team one of the best teams in the conference," said Carr.
"We have a whole bunch of people who contribute in a lot of different ways," said Jones, whose Skipjacks can set a new record for victories Wednesday when they travel to Harford Community College (10-12, 3-7) for a 6:15 p.m. contest.
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