'Jacks' record-setting shooting can't sink Garrett
Elliott makes eight three-pointers to smash Chesapeake mark
McHENRY Nakia Elliott and her Chesapeake College's women's basketball teammates put on a record-setting, three-point display Saturday night. That effort, however, didn't translate into a win as host Garrett College dominated the backboards while posting a 73-59 victory.
Elliott scored a game-high 24 points on eight three-pointers, breaking the school record of five set by Kathy Splinter in 1994 and tied by Jen Benson in 1997. The Skipjacks made 13 treys as a team to set another single-game school record.
"The girls gave a great effort," said Chesapeake head coach Lowell Shaw, whose squad fell to 4-11 with the loss. "We shot very well particularly the long ones."
Garrett offset those long-distance bombs by out-rebounding the Skipjacks, 65-30. Kierra Wilkins led Garrett with 15 points while Cambridge-South Dorchester High graduate Desha Peterson added 14 points and did an outstanding job on the boards, according to Shaw.
"She's averaging 14 rebounds a game to lead the conference and I'm sure she had at least as many against us," said Shaw of Peterson.
Keena Hawkins scored 20 points, including four treys, to join Elliott in double figures for the Skipjacks. Thirteen of Chesapeake's 20 field goals were of the three-point variety.
Chesapeake, which lost two players to grade difficulties and is currently playing without injured starter Monette Malabet, made the four-and-a-half-hour trek to Garrett with just six players. Caitlin Donnelly (Queen Anne's County High) and Sarah Stauffer (Colonel Richardson High) have joined the team for the second semester.
"They (Donnelly and Stauffer) haven't played much basketball, but they are working hard and we're glad to have them on the team," said Shaw.
Chesapeake travels to Montgomery College/Takoma Park Monday for a 5 p.m. game. The Skipjacks hope to get Malabet, out since the holiday break with a broken bone in her foot, back for Friday's 7 p.m. home game against Frederick Community College.
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