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'Jacks top NoVa in women's hoop opener, 71-55
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
WYE MILLS, November 15 Chesapeake College put up 43 second-half points, but Skipjacks head women´s basketball coach Lowell Shaw said a defensive adjustment may have turned the tide in Tuesday night´s 71-55, season-opening win over visiting Northern Virginia Community College.
LaToya Walker scored 13 first-half points and had two more quick second-half baskets for Northern Virginia, which brought a 2-0 record into the game. But Walker (game-high 21 points) was held to just two more second-half field goals after Shaw put Monette Malabet on NVCC´s top scorer.
"Monette played great defense on Walker in the second half," said Shaw, whose team held a slim, 28-27 halftime edge. "I thought Monette´s defense and Stephanie Simms´ tremendous game, both offensively and on the boards, were the keys to the win."
Simms had a double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds) and Nakia Elliott scored a team-high 17 points for the Skipjacks, who celebrated their return to varsity competition in grand style.
"This was a great win," said Shaw. "It was important because the girls need to know they have the capability of winning."
Sherrie Thomas scored 12 points, LaQuorcha Becketts had a team-high 16 rebounds, and Lynn Rose (two points) pulled down nine boards for the Skipjacks.
"Lynn played especially well considering she´s only practiced with us for a couple of days," said Shaw.
Vania Pruitt scored 15 points to join Walker in double figures for Northern Virginia.
The Skipjacks will try to make it two straight Thursday night when they host Community College Baltimore County-Dundalk in a 7 p.m. contest.
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