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Chesapeake puts up fight in loss to Harcum

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

WYE MILLS, November 22 – Trailing by 25 points at halftime against a nationally ranked opponent, Chesapeake College´s women´s basketball team had every reason to quit. Instead, the Skipjacks played unbeaten Harcum (Pa.) Community College virtually even after the break during Tuesday night´s 83-56 loss to the Bears.

"We knew they were a really good team," said Chesapeake´s Nakia Elliott, who scored a team-high 13 points. "We had to keep our heads up and stay together or it was going to be tough."

Chesapeake head coach Lowell Shaw was proud of his team´s effort against the Bears, who are now 4-0 and ranked 14th in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division II poll.

"We were out of it at halftime, but we didn´t give up," said Shaw, whose team dropped to 2-2. "We played with some pride and a lot of effort. It could have been a lot worse – that was a very good team we played."

Harcum set the tone right from the start, opening the game with a 13-1 run as Danielle Jones put in five of her game-high 16 points. The Bears led by 20 points after 13 minutes and had a 49-24 halftime cushion.

Chantel Hardy scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half for the Bears, who finished the half with six three-pointers.

The Skipjacks´ tough night began even before tip-off as LaQuorcha Becketts sprained an ankle in pre-game warm-ups. Becketts has been a key contributor all season, and her 5-foot-10 frame would have been helpful against Harcum´s gifted inside players.

"It would have been closer if LaQuorcha had been able to play," said Shaw.

Kristian Woodridge (15 points), Jazmine Pinkins (11), and Arana Rumpel (10) joined Jones and Hardy in double figures for the Bears, who were 27-1 last year in their final season before becoming a sanctioned NJCAA program.

Keena Hawkins scored 11 points and Lynn Rose (nine rebounds) had 10 points to join Elliott in double figures for the Skipjacks. Stephanie Simms added nine points and eight rebounds for Chesapeake.

The Skipjacks (2-2) are off until next Wednesday, when they play a 7 p.m. game at Hagerstown Community College.

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