Skip­jacks use their de­fense to get of­fen­sive

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WYE MILLS — The Skip­jacks’ phi­los­o­phy is that of­fense should flow from de­fense. That’s ex­actly what hap­pened Wed­nes­day night as Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege’s women’s bas­ket­ball team played lock­down de­fense dur­ing the mid­dle two quar­ters of a 92-39 vic­tory over Fred­er­ick Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

The Cougars were within 16-14 af­ter a first quar­ter that in­cluded some pretty lethar­gic de­fense from their hosts. Ch­e­sa­peake, how­ever, al­lowed just one field goal in the sec­ond pe­riod, rolling up a 29-6 ad­van­tage in the quar­ter to take con­trol of the con­test.

“Our de­fense al­ways cre­ates our of­fense,” said Jan­ice Lad­son, who scored the first eight points of the sec­ond quar­ter, in­clud­ing a pair of bas­kets off Fred­er­ick turnovers. “We picked up the in­ten­sity and started com­ing up with steals, which helped get our of­fense started.”

Lad­son fin­ished with 24 points, five re­bounds, six as­sists and three steals, but she shared the of­fen­sive spot­light with Emily Truitt and Shahra Madi­son. Truitt scored a game-high 31 points on an as­sort­ment of medium-to-long-range jumpers while Madi­son fin­ished with a triple-dou­ble (20 points, 17 re­bounds, 11 as­sists).

“We just knew we had to pick it up on de­fense and fo­cus on the game,” Madi­son said. Truitt agreed. “We were a lit­tle sloppy in the first quar­ter, but we picked it up in the sec­ond quar­ter and kept it go­ing in the sec­ond half,” Truitt said. “This is a game we can build off of go­ing for­ward.”

Ch­e­sa­peake head coach Gwen Barnes said her Skip­jacks re­fo­cused af­ter the unim­pres­sive open­ing pe­riod.

“We talked about mov­ing our feet, keep­ing our hands up and in­creas­ing our de­fen­sive in­ten­sity,” Barnes said of the dis­cus­sion be­tween the first and sec­ond quar­ters.

Reeva Jack­son (16 re­bounds) made her only point of the night count, split­ting a pair of free throws late in the first quar­ter to break a 13-13 tie and put the Skip­jacks ahead to stay. Ch­e­sa­peake (9-6 over­all, 5-3 league) then took com­mand at the start of the sec­ond quar­ter, scor­ing 14 straight points to build a 3014 cush­ion.

Af­ter Lad­son scored the first eight points of the quar­ter, Deon­dria Wim­ber and Madi­son kept the spurt go­ing with layups and Truitt nailed a jumper to com­plete the run.

Four of the Skip­jacks’ first six bas­kets in the sec­ond quar­ter came in tran­si­tion. Ch­e­sa­peake also found suc­cess us­ing its press-breaker as an of­fen­sive weapon, with Wim­ber nail­ing a layup and Truitt drain­ing a three-pointer when Fred­er­ick went to a press to try to slow the Skip­jacks.

Lad­son fin­ished with 10 sec­ond-quar­ter points af­ter a score­less first pe­riod while Madi­son had 11 points in the open­ing half, which ended with the Skip­jacks hold­ing a com­mand­ing, 45-20 lead. Fred­er­ick (1-7, 1-6) used a layup from Kiara Cam­pozano with 1:24 re­main­ing in the half for its only field goal of the sec­ond quar­ter.

Ch­e­sa­peake stretched its lead to 70-24 af­ter three quar­ters, al­low­ing just 10 points in the mid­dle two pe­ri­ods. Aniss Grant scored a team-high 20 points for Fred­er­ick, but she was the only Cougar to reach dou­ble fig­ures.

The Skip­jacks are off un­til next Wed­nes­day, when they travel to Al­le­gany of Mary­land for a 5 p.m. con­test with the Tro­jans (5-6, 3-2). MEN’S BAS­KET­BALL Fred­er­ick 93 Ch­e­sa­peake 83 WYE MILLS — Fred­er­ick used a pair of sec­ond-half runs to take the lead and sealed Wed­nes­day’s win by mak­ing its fi­nal 15 free throws to keep the Skip­jacks win­less.

Five dif­fer­ent Cougars had bas­kets in a 10-2 run that erased a 51-48 Ch­e­sa­peake half­time lead. Teivon John­son’s re­verse layup even­tu­ally drew the Skip­jacks even at 63-63, but Fred­er­ick took the lead for good with a 9-2 spurt that Stacy Gip­son (10 points) started with con­sec­u­tive layups.

A Gip­son tip-in stretched Fred­er­ick’s lead to dou­bledig­its (83-73) with 3:58 re­main­ing. The Cougars wrapped up the win at the line, hit­ting their fi­nal 15 free throws of the sec­ond half af­ter miss­ing their first foul shot af­ter in­ter­mis­sion.

Tyre Gathright scored a game-high 27 points to pace the Cougars (5-8, 4-3), while Mar­lon White added 19 and Keon Clai­borne chipped in 14.

Re­nard Lane scored a team-high 21 points for Ch­e­sa­peake. John­son added 15, Do­minic Ouzts scored 13 and Ray­mond Wil­liams had 11 for the Skip­jacks (013, 0-8). Prince Ge­orge’s 78

Ch­e­sa­peake 62 LARGO — The Owls’ bench scored 55 points last Fri­day as Prince Ge­orge’s won its fourth straight.

Dex­ter Turner scored a team-high 13 points to lead five Owl re­serves into dou­ble fig­ures. Moetaz Ashkar added 11 points while Jaylin John­son, Prince Obike, and James Ha­gins each scored 10 for Prince Ge­orge’s (113, 4-1).

Re­nard Lane (22 re­bounds) scored a game­high 19 points, Ray­mond Wil­liams added 15 points, and Teivon John­son con­trib­uted 10 for the Skip­jacks.

The Skip­jacks are off un­til next Wed­nes­day, when they travel to Al­le­gany of Mary­land for a 7 p.m. con­test with the Tro­jans (9-6, 1-4).

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