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'Jack women rally past Washington JV

Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2005

CHESTERTOWN – A recommitment to defense and rebounding helped the visiting Skipjacks get back into Tuesday afternoon´s women´s basketball game against Washington College´s junior varsity. That put Chesapeake College into position to claim a dramatic, 44-37 win with a 16-2, game-ending run.

"We rebounded much better, played more defense, and just hustled more in the second half," said Chesapeake College forward Lynn Rose, who pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.

Chesapeake´s LaQuorcha Becketts, who scored a game-high 16 points and added 11 rebounds, agreed with Rose.

"We came together more and played as a team in the second half," said Becketts. "It´s a big win for us after being down like that."

Washington College dominated the first half, taking a 25-13 lead at the break thanks in large part to its 32-10 rebounding advantage. Chesapeake, however, more than held it own on the boards in the second half, with a 32-19 rebounding edge, and effectively mixed its zone and man-to-man defenses.

"I think there were two second-half keys," said Chesapeake head coach Lowell Shaw, who had a successful homecoming at the college where he previously worked. "We put all three forwards – Lynn (Rose), LaLa (Becketts), and Stephanie (Simms, who had seven rebounds) – on the floor together to help us on the boards and we played extremely good defense.

"This game was an example," added Shaw, "of how defense can really determine a game."

For all of the Skipjacks´ improved second-half play, they still trailed, 35-28, with less than eight minutes remaining. That´s when Chesapeake (3-5) put together its 16-2, game-ending run.

Keena Hawkins (five points, three steals) started the run by hitting three-of-four free throws to pull Chesapeake within 35-31. Sherrie Thomas (12 points, seven rebounds) then hit a jumper, and Becketts sank the first of two free throws to cut Washington College´s lead to 35-34 with 4:45 remaining.

Monette Malabet converted a Shorewoman turnover into a three-point play that gave Chesapeake its first lead since early in the game, 37-35, with 3:59 remaining. Malabet (four points, five steals) then turned a steal into another layup to make it 39-35. Becketts completed a 12-0 streak with a free throw for a 40-35 cushion.

Brittany Lambert (six points) hit a jumper with 35 seconds remaining to get the Shorewomen (0-1) within 40-37, but Nakia Elliott and Thomas each sank a pair of free throws to lock up the win.

Amanda Sorflaten led Washington College with eight points.

"This was a big win because we really needed a win," said Shaw, whose Skipjacks snapped a four-game losing streak.

"This was an enormous win for us," said Rose. "We communicated better today and we knew we had to get on the boards in the second half."

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