CSM bas­ket­ball teams un­der way

Men, women each have one win

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

Al­though nei­ther the Col­lege of South­ern Maryland men’s bas­ket­ball or women’s bas­ket- ball teams sprinted out of the gates to start the sea­son, both of them ended a slow start to the cam­paign with vic­to­ries against Howard Community Col­lege.

Through the first four games of the sea­son the CSM men (14, 1-0 Maryland Ju­nior Col­lege Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) have had lit­tle trou­ble scor­ing points, ac- cu­mu­lat­ing 347 in those con­tests for an av­er­age of 86.75 per game. But the Hawks have clearly been sus­cep­ti­ble to al­low­ing points in bunches, sur­ren­der­ing 365 (91.25 ppg) thus far. They eclipsed the cen­tury mark with a 103-94 vic­tory over Howard on Nov. 16.

CSM got the bet­ter of that Howard in that of­fen­sive shootout, es­pe­cially in the sec- ond half, as sopho­more for­ward David Fran­cis, from Brook- lyn, N.Y., scored 23 points and grabbed nine re­bounds, sopho­more guard An­thony Wil­liams (a North Point High School grad­u­ate from Wal­dorf) added 10 points and two as­sists and sopho­more guard Do­minic Es- peleta (a West­lake High School grad­u­ate from Wal­dorf) con­trib­uted 15 points, three as­sists and one re­bound, while sopho­more for­ward Jor­dan Bat­tle (a Thom- as Stone High School grad­u­ate from Wal­dorf) added 13 points, nine re­bounds and three as­sists.

CSM trailed Howard 40-39 at the in­ter­mis­sion, but the Hawks erupted to 64 points in the sec- ond half to even­tu­ally pre­vail by nine points for their ini­tial win of the sea­son. The Hawks opened the sea­son with a 99-87 set­back against Sand­hills Com- mu­nity Col­lege (N.C.) on Nov. 4, dropped a 95-82 de­ci­sion to Louis­burg (N.C.) on Nov. 5 then fell to Richard Bland (Va.), 84-75, at home on Nov. 9.

Like­wise, the CSM women (12, 1-0) re­bounded from a 64-38 loss to Bryant & Strat­ton (N.Y.) on Nov. 2 and an 86-70 set­back to Po­tomac State Col­lege (W.Va.) on Nov. 14 to up­end Howard 8138 on Nov. 16.

Five Hawks scored in dou­ble fig­ures in the win over Howard, led by sopho­more for­ward Ak­i­lah Stro­man, a St. Mary’s

Ryken High School gradu- ate from White Plains, with 14 points and nine re­bounds. Fresh­man for­ward Ty­onna Ed­mon­son, from Fort Wash- in­g­ton, and fresh­man guard Talia San­tana, from Wash­ing­ton, D.C., each scored 12 points and Doretha Curry, from Clin­ton, added 11.

“What I liked that night was the im­prove­ment,” CSM head women’s bas­ket­ball coach Ardell Jack­son said. “It’s al­ways nice to get a win, but I liked the way the girls played with more dis­ci­pline. We’re a very young team with only one re­turn­ing sopho­more and the rest are fresh­men, so I know it’s go­ing to take time for ev­ery­one to gel to­gether. But that game was a big im­prove­ment.”

The CSM men and women were sched­uled to play road games on Mon­day evening at Gar­rett Col­lege. Then af­ter a brief hia­tus for the Thanks­giv- ing Day hol­i­day week­end, both Hawks squads will have con- sec­u­tive home games against CCBC-Ca­tonsville (Nov. 28) and Har­ford Community Col- lege (Nov. 30).

“It will be nice to re­turn from Thanks­giv­ing with a cou­ple of home games,” Jack­son said. “It will be great for our girls to be able to stay in their gym and not have to travel. This is a young group, but I like the progress that we’ve been mak­ing to this point.”

CSM fall ath­letes hon­ored

The Maryland Ju­nior Col­lege Ath­letic Con­fer­ence re­cently an­nounced its all-con­fer­ence fall teams and CSM ath­letes were rec­og­nized and all re­ceived first-team honors.

Sopho­more for­ward Je­hoshua Otya, a St. Mary’s Ryken High School grad­u­ate from Hol­ly­wood, was named to the first team in men’s soc­cer.

In women’s soc­cer, sopho­more de­fender Ju­lia Lesko and sopho­more for­ward Alexis Porter­field were named to the first team. Lesko is a McDonough High School grad­u­ate from La Plata and Porter­field is a Gwynn Park High School grad­u­ate from Wel­come.

In vol­ley­ball, fresh­man set­ter Kiana Bopp and fresh­man mid­dle blocker Tay­lor Ha­gen were named to the first team. Bopp is a North­ern High School grad­u­ate from Ch­e­sa­peake Beach and Ha­gen is a Hunt­ing­town High School grad­u­ate from Hunt­ing­town.

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