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Skipjacks’ downsized roster routs Harford women

Monday, January 10, 2011

WYE MILLS – The Skipjacks’ retooled roster passed its first test Wednesday night with a 73-35 women’s basketball victory over Harford Community College.

Chesapeake College took control with a 14-1 run to end the first half, then put the game away by opening the second half with a 20-6 spurt that gave the Skipjacks a 55-27 bulge. Ashleigh Jones finished with a game-high 20 points for Chesapeake, which is playing the second half of the season with just six players.

Chesapeake lost three players due to academic reasons while one quit and one transferred, but the team hardly seemed to miss a beat against Harford. The Skipjacks (7-8 overall, 4-2 Maryland JuCo) led from the start, jumping out to a 7-0 lead as Ravin Sterling scored the game’s first five points.

"Ravin just got us going and we all jelled together well," said Jones, who also had 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.

"I think we played very well," said Chesapeake head coach Damon Nichols. "We had some good practices and they came out with a lot of intensity. We were more patient on offense and a lot of different people stepped up."

The Skipjacks twice took 10-point leads in the early going, the second time on an Ashley Muhleman free throw that made it 15-5 with 13:50 remaining in the first half. Harford fought back, pulling within 21-20 on a Tiffany Taylor layup, but the Skipjacks ran out the half with their 14-1 scoring streak that included five points by Sterling.

Molock and Sterling, who each finished with 17 points, combined for 22 in the first half as the Skipjacks took a 35-21 lead into the break.

Jones took over after intermission, scoring six points in the 20-6 run that started the second half. Jones scored 18 of her 20 points after the break as the Skipjacks won their third straight game.

"I was really off (in the first half)," said Jones. "I knew I had to step it up."

Chesapeake’s Jen Carr finished with 11 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Becca Wooten (team-high five blocked shots) and Muhleman each had four points.

Taylor led Harford (5-8, 1-4) with 15 points.

The Skipjacks played zone defenses the entire game to protect their six-player roster, but Nichols noted they were active zones.

"I told them, ’We’re going to play all zone, but we’ve got to be aggressive – hands up, talking, watching for back-door cuts,’ " said Nichols.

The Skipjacks host Garrett College Saturday at 6 p.m.

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