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Skipjacks’ Denver Clyde named 1st-team all-region
Sophomore guard/forward leads state champs in scoring, rebounding
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Denver Clyde lines up a shot in a regular-season game against Hagerstown Community College.Clyde, named to the all-region first team, will lead the top-seeded Skipjacks into a 7 p.m. region semifinal Saturday night against fourth-seeded Hagerstown at Frederick Community College. Photo by Tom Miller
WYE MILLS Sophomore guard/forward Denver Clyde, hurt in Chesapeake College’s season opener and unable to play in the following six games, has been named to the all-NJCAA Division II Region XX first team in women’s basketball.
Clyde is the leading scorer (16.5 points per game) and rebounder (9.6 per contest) for the Skipjacks, who recently won their second straight state tournament championship and are the top seed in this weekend’s NJCAA Division II Region XX tournament.
Clyde, who was Most Valuable Player in this year’s state tournament, was MVP of last year’s Region XX tournament. She averaged 16 points and 9.1 rebounds last season as a freshman on the way to her selection as an NJCAA Division II first-team all-American.
"It hurt not playing those games," recalled Clyde, who was injured just minutes into Chesapeake’s season-opener at Allegany College of Maryland. "While I was sitting out I was watching the action on the court and seeing what I needed to do. I started off kind of slow when I came back, but I feel like I’m playing a lot better now in games that mean the most."
Chesapeake head coach Damon Nichols said Clyde is actually playing even better than during last year’s all-American season.
"She’s actually picked it up more on the defensive end," said Nichols. "And she’s also just being Denver Clyde. Everyone in the league respects her, and she’s earned that respect."
Sophomore point guard Brittany Taylor and freshman off guard Sydney Small were both named to the all-region second team. Chesapeake was the only college with three players earning all-region honors.
Taylor is averaging 11.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and a team-high 5.9 assists for the Skipjacks while Small is averaging 15.4 points and 3.8 rebounds.
"Sydney’s been very instrumental in the team’s success. She’s one of our top shooters," said Nichols. "And Brittany’s been distributing the ball and scoring when we need her to score."
"I’m just really happy to have been chosen," said Taylor. "To be seen in that category of player is a big accomplishment."
"I’m excited. I called my mom and dad right away," said Small, whose family lives in Centennial, Colorado. "It’s especially exciting to get it as a freshman."
Small was one of only three freshmen to earn all-region honors.
"The team and coaches made it easy," Small said of the transition from high school to college basketball. "It’s definitely hard work, but it’s been enjoyable for me and winning helps a lot."
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