Focus on Sports
Chesapeake women rally, but fall short against CSM
Monday, December 18, 2006
LA PLATA This game had all the makings of a rout.
Chesapeake College´s women´s basketball team was short-handed for its second game in this weekend´s College of Southern Maryland Christmas Classic, dressing only six players for the contest. The host Hawks seemed likely to take full advantage of that circumstance when they broke out to an 11-0 lead in the game´s early minutes.
The rout, however, never developed.
Chesapeake pulled itself together, and pulled within 37-32 at the half of Saturday´s game. The Skipjacks cut the gap to four points midway through the second half and had the ball with a chance to get closer still before running out of gas in a 76-63 loss to Southern Maryland.
"We gave our best effort of the year all-around," said Chesapeake head coach Lowell Shaw. "I was very pleased with how we played. We were short-handed, but we gave it everything we had."
Chesapeake´s Sherrie Thomas scored a game-high 21 points and came one rebound and one steal short of a triple-double. She was also named to the all-tournament team after averaging 18 points per game for the tournament.
Monette Malabet complemented Thomas with 17 points while Anitra Cannon scored a career-high 11 points for the Skipjacks. Yaasmiyn Finlayson added eight points and a team-high 12 rebounds.
Shannon Wilson led CSM with a team-high 18 points, including four three-pointers, and teammate Brandy Thomas added 16 points.
Chesapeake (2-7) was hurt by 29 turnovers, giving the Skipjacks 68 for the two-game tournament.
Frederick CC 75, Chesapeake 58
LA PLATA Deniese Campbell and Jessica Duncan scored 13 points each Friday to pace the Cougars, who used three double-digit scoring runs to overcome a sluggish start in the CSM Christmas Classic opener.
Chesapeake raced to an 18-9 lead as Sherrie Thomas scored six of her 15 points in the first eight minutes. Frederick responded with a 14-0 run, including six points from Campbell, as the Cougars built a 33-25 halftime cushion.
The Skipjacks pulled within four points four times in the second half, the last time on a jumper by Chanae DeShields (15 points) that cut Frederick´s lead to 39-35. Frederick answered with a 10-0 scoring spurt that included four points each from Duncan and Monie Cuddahee (12 points).
Frederick put the game away with another 10-0 run in which four different Cougars scored to build a 64-44 cushion.
Monette Malabet joined Thomas and DeShields in double figures for Chesapeake with 14 points.
Frederick (9-3) defeated Technical Career Institutes of New York, 62-49, Saturday to finish the Classic with a 2-0 record.
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