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’Jacks’ Clyde named first-team all-state

Jones, Oliver tabbed as all-Maryland honorable mentions

Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Denver Clyde was named to the all-Maryland JuCo women’s basketball first team. She was also tournament MVP at the NJCAA Division II Region XX tournament, which the Skipjacks won for the first time to qualify for the national championship tournament.Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire 

Freshman guard/forward Denver Clyde, who helped lead Chesapeake College to the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference tournament championship, has been named to the all-state first team.

Clyde is averaging 16.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.4 steals, and 1.1 blocks this season. The 6-foot-1 freshman attended North County High in Glen Burnie. She averaged 16 points per game in the NJCAA Division II Region XX tournament, leading the Skipjacks to the championship while being named tournament MVP.

The Skipjacks (25-3) have won 14 straight and are preparing for their first NJCAA Division II national tournament appearance next week.

"That’s a big accomplishment for a freshman coming into this league," said Chesapeake head coach Damon Nichols. "Denver’s had a standout season. She’s a scorer. To be 6-1, be able to shoot the three and also bang inside and score, that’s a plus for us."

Sophomore guard Ashleigh Jones and freshman guard Shantrel Oliver were each named to the all-state honorable mention squad. Jones is averaging 14.3 points, exactly 10 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.1 blocks while Oliver is averaging a team-leading 16.7 points to go along with 2.7 steals and 2.0 assists.

"Ashleigh’s very versatile – last year she played all five positions for us," said Nichols. "This year she’s been a two-guard or three-guard."

Oliver earned honorable mention status even though she only played half a season after spending the fall semester gaining her eligibility.

Nichols said Oliver – who scored 28 points, 23 of them in the second half, in her first game with the Skipjacks – was an integral part of the team even before she became eligible to play in games.

"She never missed a practice," Nichols said of Oliver. "She was just anxious to get on the court. That first game on the court proved what she can do."


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