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’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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