Ce­cil women’s bas­ket­ball pulls away in sec­ond half to top owls

Cecil Whig - - & - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

NORTH EAST—

Ce­cil Col­lege felt like it lacked in­ten­sity dur­ing the first half of its con­test against vis­it­ing Prince Ge­orge’s C.C., as it led by only one point at half­time

The Sea­hawks picked up their in­ten­sity in the sec­ond half and outscored the vis­it­ing Owls by 19 points in the third quar­ter, en route to a 81-58 vic­tory in Mary­land JUCO women’s bas­ket­ball ac­tion on Tues­day.

“We turned it up on de­fense. We picked up the de­fen­sive in­ten­sity,” said Ce­cil sopho­more guard Nia Trusty, who had 30 points. “We picked it up on of­fense a lit­tle bit more and swung the ball. Ba­si­cally, it was our de­fense that stepped it up.”

The Sea­hawks (8-0 over­all, 2-0 con­fer­ence) led Prince Ge­orge’s 32-31 en­ter­ing the third quar­ter, and af­ter the teams ex­changed bas­kets over the first two min­utes of the frame to tie the game at 37all, Ce­cil scored the next 17 points to take the lead for good at 54-37. It cruised to a 62-42 lead head­ing into the fourth quar­ter.

The Sea­hawks’ strong third quar­ter was a result of coach Mike Hol­landsworth rein­sert­ing the start­ing lineup be­cause he knew their ca­pa­bil­i­ties and how they would be able to ad­just to any sit­u­a­tion.

“We just went back to our start­ing lineup. I made some sub­sti­tu­tions there. Our bench didn’t step up the way I wanted them to, so we went back to our starters,” Hol­landsworth said. “I know what our starters can do, and they just pulled it to­gether for us.”

Ce­cil did not let the Owls get within 17 points in the fourth quar­ter as it cruised to vic­tory, giv­ing the team an im­por­tant con­fer­ence tri­umph head­ing into the Thanks- giv­ing break.

“It’s crit­i­cal be­cause we’re play­ing a team in our league, and we don’t want to give teams play­ing in our league any hope,” Hol­landsworth said. “It’s real im­por­tant to walk away with a win. Five days off can wear on you.”

Ce­cil earned 13 points, six as­sists and seven steals from Di­a­mond Rakine and nine points and eight re­bounds from Imani Quinn.

Prince Ge­orge’s was led by Asisha Greene’s 17 and Gina Seifert’s 15 points.

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