CSM basketball teams under way
Men, women each have one win
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.