Skipjack women top Harford, set victory mark
Jones scores 18; Chesapeake rolls to 42-16 halftime lead
ABERDEEN This year’s Skipjacks are officially the most successful women’s basketball squad in Chesapeake College history.
Ashleigh Jones scored a game-high 18 points Wednesday night as the Skipjacks (16-3 overall, 10-2 league) coasted past Harford Community College, 66-43, to pass the college’s 2007-08 squad for most victories in a season. Chesapeake, which has won five straight, has four more regular-season games and at least two postseason contests to add to the victory total.
"I told the girls before the game, ’We’re playing for something tonight,’ " said Chesapeake head coach Damon Nichols, whose squad set its sights early this season on setting the victory mark. "It feels great. The girls went out, played hard, and got the record."
Shantrel Oliver (five rebounds, four assists) scored 13 points and Rose Smith added 10 for the Skipjacks. Denver Clyde scored nine and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
Jones (five rebounds, three assists) scored 15 first-half points and the Skipjacks forced turnovers and created scoring opportunities with their pressure defense while building a 42-16 halftime cushion.
"We came out with pressure and got up by a dozen right off the bat," said Nichols. "We were outletting, getting down the floor and sharing the ball on the break."
Jones said the players made a commitment to come out strong defensively.
"We had to pick it up on defense," said Jones. "Lately, we’ve been slacking off on our defense in the first half. The pressure helped us get the steals and we made the layups at the other end."
Rachel Cocoros scored a team-high 15 points to pace Harford (10-14, 4-8).
Chesapeake hosts Prince George’s Community College (13-5, 8-3) Saturday at 5 p.m. in a game that could significantly impact state tournament seedings. That game precedes the 7 p.m. men’s contest between the two schools.
It’s going to be a big game," said Nichols. "The kids are looking forward to it; the coaches are looking forward to it. We’re undefeated at home and the girls want to stay that way."
Admission to Saturday’s doubleheader is $3 for an individual and $5 for a family.
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