Hawks prove no match for Ca­tonsville

Se­cond quar­ter proves un­do­ing for women’s hoops team

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

After a promis­ing be­gin­ning to Mon­day’s home con­test against Com­mu­nity Col­lege of Bal­ti­more County-Ca­tons- ville, the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land women’s bas­ket­ball team strug­gled in the se­cond quar­ter and the Hawks could never re­cover from that deficit in the se­cond half in a 60-42 loss in a Mary­land Ju­nior Col­lege Ath­letic Con­fer­ence con­test.

CSM (1-4, 1-2 MDJUCO) trailed 15-8 after the open­ing frame, then were out- scored 19-7 in the se­cond pe­riod by the vis­it­ing Car­di­nals and the hosts never got close in the se­cond half. Ca­tonsville (3-3, 2-1) notched its third straight vic- tory over­all as the two teams es­sen­tially traded bas­kets in the se­cond half.

“That se­cond quar­ter we did not play good de­fense,” CSM se­cond-year head coach Ardell Jack­son said. “It was a mat- ter of us not do­ing a good job talk­ing on the floor. I thought we played with a much bet­ter ef­fort in the se­cond half, es­pe­cially on de­fense. We were able to run our of­fense a lit­tle bet­ter, but we dug our­selves into a huge hole that we could not dig out of.”

Ca­tonsville es­tab­lished con­trol of the game at the end of the first quar­ter when Kai Wy­att and Jor­dan Gans each con­nected on short jumpers to ex­tend the Car­di­nals lead to 15-8. Fresh­man Brit­tany Coles, a West­lake High School grad­u­ate from Wal­dorf, scored early in the se­cond quar­ter for CSM, but the Car­di­nals re­sponded with an 11-0 run on out­side jumpers from Cheyenne How­ell and Wy­att for a 27-10 lead with six min­utes left in the half.

Trail­ing by 19 at the break, CSM opened the third quar­ter with solid de­fen­sive pres­sure that forced a pair of Ca­tonsville turnovers and two buck­ets from Ha­ley Oliver, a North Point High School grad­u­ate from Wal­dorf, and an­other from Coles trimmed the Hawks deficit to 35-21 three min­utes into the se­cond half. Bas­kets from Coles and Oliver later in the quar­ter kept CSM within 14 with two min­utes left in the third.

While the Hawks of­fense sput­tered in the late stages of the third quar­ter, Ca­tonsville fresh­man Cailtin Al­ley

gave the visi­tors a boost with a three-point field goal late in the pe­riod to give the Car­di­nals a 44-27 lead. She then opened the fourth quar­ter with a con- ven­tional three-point play that pushed the lead to 47-27 and an­other three-pointer by Al­ley later gave the visi­tors a 53-31 ad­van­tage with just less than seven min­utes re­main­ing.

Dur­ing a two-minute stretch mid­way through the fourth quar­ter, turnovers from both teams ex­ceeded points and the Car­di­nals were able to main­tain a com­mand­ing lead. Ta­mara Burns made her pres­ence known late by go­ing 3 for 4 at the foul line and by con­nect­ing on a three-point field goal with just over a minute re­main­ing, but the out­come hardly ever seemed in doubt.

“We’re still a ver y young team,” Jack­son said, cit­ing sopho­more Ak­i­lah Stro­man, a St. Mary’s Ryken High School grad­u­ate from White Plains, as his lone re­turn­ing player. “We have a lot of tal­ent among our fresh­men. We still have to learn to play to­gether and get bet­ter on de­fense. We’re a work in progress. I think the pieces will all come to­gether be­fore the end of the sea­son and we’ll be much bet­ter next year. But we’re young and very much a work in progress.”

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