Trojan women hold off Chesapeake, 71-60
Skipjacks rally late, but fall short against Allegany
WYE MILLS, December 10 This time the rally fell short.
Chesapeake College, fresh from a come-from-behind women’s basketball victory Tuesday night at Washington College, tried to use the same formula Saturday afternoon against visiting Allegany College of Maryland. The Trojans, however, hit their final seven free throws to lock up a 71-60 victory.
"The girls gave 100 percent, as they always do," said Chesapeake head coach Lowell Shaw. "We just came up short."
The victory was the latest boost for a Trojan squad regrouping under new head coach Jerry Rice, who took over after Allegany started the season 0-3 and has since led theTrojans to a 3-3 record.
"We haven’t really shot the ball well until today," said Rice, who spent 27 years assisting Allegany’s legendary head men’s basketball coach, Bob Kirk. "They’re getting integrated to a whole new offense, and they’ve been thinking out there instead of reacting. Today they were reacting."
Chesapeake (3-5) opened the game with an 8-0 scoring spurt, the final six points by LaQuorcha Becketts (16 points, nine rebounds). The Skipjacks ruffled their guests with a 1-2-1-1 zone press that created some quick, early turnovers, but the Trojans answered with a 9-0 run that started with a Lacy Rohrbaugh three-pointer and ended with a trey by Leah Gonzalez (17 points).
"We did have a slow start, but I was pleased that they came back and worked hard the last 35 minutes," said Rice of his Trojans’ efforts.
Allegany built a 31-25 lead with a 16-6 spurt, but the Skipjacks scored the final six points of the first half to create a 31-31 tie that left Shaw feeling good about his team’s chances.
"This is only the third team to outscore us in the second half all season," said Shaw. "Tied at the half, I thought we’d be all right in the second half."
Instead, the Trojans opened the second half with an Erin Wilson layup and a Jawana Henderson jumper to take the lead for good. Chesapeake was still within two points at 40-38, but the Trojans used an 8-0 run capped by a three-pointer from Tamisa Page (15 points) to build a 50-40 cushion, and then stretched the lead to 62-51 with 3:41 to play on a Gonzalez free throw.
That’s when the Skipjacks went to work whittling down the deficit. Hawkins hit a jumper and the second of two free throws to make it 62-54, and Nakia Elliott drained a three-pointer with 2:12 remaining to cut Allegany’s lead to 62-57. The Skipjacks were still within five points (65-60) and had three chances to cut further into the lead, but couldn’t make any shots down the stretch.
Allegany then salted away the game at the line. Wilson (17 points) made four straight free throws and Rohrbaugh (nine points) added a pair in the final 32.6 seconds to put away the Skipjacks.
Sherrie Thomas scored eight points, Elliott added seven, and both Stephanie Simms and Lynn Rose scored six points to aid Becketts and Hawkins in a balanced Chesapeake attack.
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