Skipjacks’ Jones signs with Nyack College
Chesapeake standout helped lead team to state, region hoop crowns
WYE MILLS Ashleigh Jones, who helped lead Chesapeake College to state and region women’s basketball championships, has signed a letter of intent with Nyack (N.Y.) College.
"They were always there," said the guard/forward of her reason for signing with the NCAA Division II program. "They did everything in their power to show they were committed to me."
Jones, who graduated from Landstowne High in Virginia Beach, averaged 13.6 points and 2.7 assists per game this past season and led the Skipjacks in rebounding (11.0 per contest) and steals (3.3 per game). She was the Most Valuable Player in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference state tournament, scoring 26 points in Chesapeake’s title-game win over Allegany College and averaging 16 points per tournament game.
Ashleigh Jones, pictured above with Chesapeake College head women’s basketball coach Damon Nichols (right) and athletics director Frank Szymanski (left), signs a women’s basketball letter of intent with NCAA Division II Nyack College. Photo by Marcie Molloy.
"She leaves some hard shoes to fill," said Chesapeake head coach Damon Nichols. "I really enjoyed every minute she played."
"What I admire most about Ashleigh is her commitment and her work ethic both academically and athletically," said Frank Szymanski, Chesapeake’s director of athletics. "She’s also been very loyal to the college and the program."
Jones said she thoroughly enjoyed her time at Chesapeake, particularly during a sophomore basketball season that saw the Skipjacks (28-4) set school records for wins and consecutive wins (14). The Skipjacks finished seventh at the NJCAA Division II national tournament.
"It went by too fast," said Jones right after taking her last final exam of the spring semester. "The fact that this is my last day (as a Chesapeake College student) is so weird. I’m appreciative that I was able to go to school and play here."
Nyack is a member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference. The Warriors (1-23 overall, 1-18 league) lost their final 12 games this past season, but Nichols said Jones has a chance to come in on the front end of another rebuilding program.
"It reminds me of the way we started," said Nichols, recalling how the 2009-10 team folded at midseason and how the Skipjacks went 9-17 the following year before developing into a championship squad this past season. "This year he (Nyack head coach David Julien) really recruited heavily. I believe their program is on the upswing."
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