Cecil women’s basketball pulls away in second half to top owls
Special to the Whig
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.