BCCC stays hot after half­time to rout Skip­jacks

Pan­thers, nurs­ing 39-38 lead, score 9 points in third

Record Observer - - Sports - By RICHARD MIDCAP

BCCC 93 — Ch­e­sa­peake 70

WYE MILLS — Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege and Bal­ti­more City Com­mu­nity Col­lege matched each other nearly point-for-point Tues­day night in a first half that ended with the Pan­thers hold­ing a 39-38 lead.

While BCCC’s of­fense con­tin­ued to click after in­ter­mis­sion, the Skip­jacks sim­ply couldn’t keep up. Bal­ti­more City opened the sec­ond half with a 14-0 run to take com­mand, ex­plod­ing for 29 third-quar­ter points on the way to a 93-70 women’s bas­ket­ball vic­tory.

“We told them to pick up our level of in­ten­sity,” Bal­ti­more City head coach Tara Owens said of her team’s sec­ond-half per­for­mance. “We were play­ing laid back and lazy in the first half and that’s not our game. Our game is push­ing the ball and at­tack­ing on de­fense.”

Dona­sia Scott, who fin­ished with 22 points, nailed a 3-pointer on BCCC’s open­ing pos­ses­sion of the third quar­ter to set the tone. Ko­raan Syd­nor and Kaneisha Afi fol­lowed with tran­si­tion layups be­fore LaShay Stack­house sand­wiched a pair of jumpers around an­other Scott bas­ket.

Afi capped the run with a free throw to give Bal­ti­more City a 5338 cush­ion.

“They came out with more in­ten­sity than we did and they kept it,” Ch­e­sa­peake head coach Gwen Barnes said of the way Bal­ti­more City played in the sec­ond half.

A fast-paced first half fea­tured eight ties and seven lead changes, the last on Scott’s re­bound layup with 19 sec­onds left to give BCCC a 39-38 half­time lead. Nei­ther team led by more than four in the open­ing half.

Bal­ti­more City (3-3 over­all, 2-0 league) used a 6-0 run to build an early 10-7 ad­van­tage, but the Skip­jacks re­sponded with a 9-2 surge. Chantelle Gross had five points dur­ing the streak, in­clud­ing a 3-pointer to cap the run to give Ch­e­sa­peake (4-2, 2-1) a 16-12 cush­ion.

A Scott hoop gave BCCC a brief, 22-20 lead, but Shahra Madi­son scored off her own miss to cre­ate the 22-22 tie at the quar­ter break. Madi­son (24 points, 18 re­bounds) had 12 points in the open­ing pe­riod, in­clud­ing eight off of­fen­sive re­bounds.

“32 [Madi­son] is a very tal­ented player,” said Owens, whose team went to a 1-2-2 matchup zone in part to try to slow Madi­son down.

The game was still tied, 33-33, be­fore Chandni Tay­lor hit two free throws and Jan­ice Lad­son nailed a run­ning jumper to give the Skip­jacks a 37-33 ad­van­tage. Bal­ti­more, how­ever, retied the game as Troni­qua Black scored on a run­ning hook shot and Afi (16 points) sank a tran­si­tion jumper.

Lad­son hit the sec­ond of two free throws to give Ch­e­sa­peake a 38-37 ad­van­tage with 39.5 sec­onds re­main­ing, but Scott’s sec­ond-chance layup al­lowed BCCC to take the lead into the half.

Emily Truitt joined Madi­son in dou­ble fig­ures for Ch­e­sa­peake with 12 points. Na­tori Nes­bit scored nine points on a trio of 3-point­ers while Tay­lor, Lad­son and Gross each scored seven points.

PHO­TOS BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Pic­tured Left: Noah Shade of Queen Anne’s County High, left, and Al­ton Walker of Stephen De­catur re­ceive schol­ar­ships from mem­bers of Lions Club In­ter­na­tional lo­cal Dis­trict 22-B, from left, Joe Wood, Wayne Cole, Dal­ton Mann, and Dink Scurto, in be­tween con­tests at the Bay­side Con­fer­ence se­nior all-star games Tues­day evening at Eas­ton High School.

Queen Anne’s County’s Noah Shade, right, moves the ball up­field along­side Kent Is­land’s Blake Groves.

Eas­ton’s Car­los Her­nan­dez con­trols the ball dur­ing the sec­ond half.

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