Focus on Sports
'Jack women rally past Washington JV
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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