Look­ing to turn the corner

CSM women at 1-5 early on with 4 home games in 8 days up­com­ing

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

In the wake of fall­ing to vis­it­ing Com­mu­nity Col- lege of Bal­ti­more County-Ca­tonsville at home on Mon­day evening, Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land fresh­men Brit­tany Coles and Ta­mara Burns both cited the 60-42 set­back as re­flec­tive of one quar- ter of play rather than the game in its en­tirety.

CSM (1-5, 1-3 in the Mary­land Ju­nior Col­lege Ath­letic Con­fer­ence af­ter a 98-38 loss to Har­ford on Wed­nes­day night) stayed close with Ca­tonsville un­til late in the first quar- ter when the Car­di­nals scored the last four points of the frame to claim a 15-8 lead. The sec­ond quar­ter clearly be­longed to the vis­i­tors as Ca­tonsville out- scored CSM 19-7 to forge a 34-15 lead at the in­ter- mis­sion which brought upon steep crit­i­cism from sec­ond-year head coach Ardell Jack­son.

“That sec­ond quar­ter was all about not play­ing well de­fen­sively,” said Burns, a Fair­fax High School alum who has since re­lo­cated to Wal- dorf. “Coach brought me here for my de­fense and my abil­ity to run the of- fense. That sec­ond quar- ter we did not play good de­fense and that forced us to fall be­hind.”

Coles, a West­lake High School grad­u­ate from Wal­dorf who played un­der Jack­son at West­lake, ad­mit­ted the first few min­utes of Jack­son’s half­time speech were con­sid­er­ably louder than pleas­ant. But it was the wakeup call the Hawks needed be­fore head­ing back to the floor for the sec­ond half. CSM outscored Ca­tonsville 1210 in the third quar­ter to keep things re­spectable.

“Coach re­ally got us on pretty good at half­time,” Coles said. “We were not play­ing good de­fense. That’s where it all starts on de­fense. The team has to learn that it takes a com­plete ef­fort to win [in col­lege]. We have not been get­ting the ef­fort from ev­ery­one all game. Some­times it’s three or four girls who play 100 per­cent and some nights it’s an­other three or four girls. But we haven’t played a whole game yet.”

Burns and Coles were both look­ing for­ward to an ex­tended home stand that con­tin­ues with four games in eight days with tonight’s meet­ing against John­son County Com­mu­nity Col­lege of Kansas. Prior to Mon­day

night, the Hawks had played only one home game. Next week will also be a test of their dura­bil­ity since both are full­time stu­dents and also work part-time jobs.

“I want to win ev­ery game,” Coles said. “I can’t wait. We have four home games [in eight days] and it will be great be­ing able to go to school and then not hav­ing to travel for a game. We can still get things turned around. We have to play bet­ter on de­fense and we have to work more to­gether on of- fense. We’re a young team so the ex- pe­ri­ence is not there yet.”

“If we play the way we’re ca­pa­ble of play­ing, then we can win a lot more games,” said Burns, who is eager to face North­ern Vir­ginia Com­mu­nity Col- lege since that school is near where she

played in high school. “But it all starts with our de­fense. If we can get stops, then we can run our of­fense.”

Jack­son de­scribed the squad as a “work in progress” pri­mar­ily be­cause the Hawks have only one re­turn­ing player, sopho­more Ak­i­lah Stro­man, a St. Mary’s Ryken High School grad­u­ate from White Plains, and nine fresh­men. Mon­day’s per­for­mance against Ca­tonsville was not what Jack­son had hoped for, but the sec­ond half of that con­test in which the teams ba­si­cally traded bas­kets for 20 min­utes, was promis­ing.

“We still have a lot of work to do, es­pe­cially on de­fense,” Jack­son said. “I’m a de­fen­sive coach and what I saw on Mon­day night was not ac­cept­able, es­pe­cially in the first half. In col­lege, you can’t just sit back in a zone. There are too many play­ers that can shoot from the out­side. This is a lot dif­fer­ent than high school. We have tal­ent, but we don’t have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence since we’re young.”


Erica Sil­ver, cen­ter, heads to the bas­ket dur­ing Tues­day’s prac­tice at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land with Paris Ferguson, left, a Great Mills High School grad­u­ate from Great Mills, and Brit­tany Coles, a West­lake High School grad­u­ate from Wal­dorf, trail­ing be­hind. Sil­ver, Ferguson, Coles and the Hawks are look­ing to turn around a 1-4 start to the 2016-17 sea­son


The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land women’s bas­ket­ball team look to turn around a 1-4 start to the 2016-17 cam­paign with four home games in eight days that be­gins tonight.

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