Skip­jacks cruise, reach 4-1

Lad­son, Madi­son spark de­feat of Car­di­nals

Record Observer - - Sports - By BEN­JAMIN BRUN­NER

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).

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