Skipjacks cruise, reach 4-1
Ladson, Madison spark defeat of Cardinals
Chesapeake 75 — CCBC-Catonsville 63
WYE MILLS — With only six players, Chesapeake College still dealt CCBC-Catonsville a 104-44 women’s basketball loss last season. Before Tuesday’s rematch, Skipjacks head coach Gwen Barnes said, “I don’t know if it’s going to be a blowout, but we expect them [Chesapeake] to come out every game and play hard.”
All-American guard Janice Ladson, in recalling last season’s rout, credited the win to “the fact that we all played hard and worked together as a team. I’m pretty sure our defense was unstoppable.”
Chesapeake thrived once again in last Tuesday evening’s 75-63 win. Shahra Madison (20 points, 19 rebounds, one steal, four blocks) and Chantelle Gross (14 points, eight steals, four rebounds) provided strong two-way play, while Ladson (21 points, nine assists, 9-for-18 field goals) was an offensive catalyst. Emily Truitt (seven points) and Gross each added two 3-pointers; Chandi Taylor (five points) added a trey, and Deondria Wimber (eight points) shot 6 of 6 from the foul line.
Even so, the game was still close at the half with Chesapeake (4-1 overall, 1-0 conference) holding a 31-22 lead against the Cardinals (0-3, 0-1). The Skipjacks, however, exploded for 27 third-quarter points while building a 58-36 cushion.
Ladson thinks the Skipjacks — who won four straight region crowns between 2012 and 2015 — could be on track for another title.
“I want us to go to nationals,” Ladson said. “We have a great team this year.”
“It’s possible, since we have such a deep bench,” Barnes said. “We have a potential for leaders in many categories. In fact, Shahra Madison is ranked No. 1 in Division II in rebounds, averaging 17.7 a game.”
MEN’S BASKETBALL CCBC-Catonsville 96, Chesapeake 78 WYE MILLS — Ke’Andre Gibson (game-high 11 assists) led all scorers with 22 points Tuesday night as all five Cardinal starters reached double figures.
Montaque Wright (20 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals), Everette Coker (18 points, eight rebounds), Eddy Harry (11 points, eight rebounds, three blocks) and Keith Moody (10 points, six rebounds) all hit double digits for Catonsville (3-1, 2-0).