Lad­son leads Skip­jacks to na­tional tour­na­ment

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COLUMBIA — Sopho­more guard Janice Lad­son has been talk­ing about play­ing in this year’s NJCAA Di­vi­sion II na­tional tour­na­ment since be­fore Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege’s women’s bas­ket­ball sea­son started.

Now she can stop talk­ing about it, and start pack­ing for it.

Lad­son scored 11 of her game­high 20 points in the fourth quar­ter, ral­ly­ing her top-seeded Skip­jacks to a 59-55 vic­tory over sec­ond-seeded Gar­rett Col­lege (22-5) in Sun­day’s Re­gion XX ti­tle game at Howard Com­mu­nity Col­lege. That vic­tor y qual­i­fied the Skip­jacks (18-8) for the na­tional tour­na­ment, which will take place March 21-25 in Har­ri­son, Ark.

“I wanted my team to ex­pe­ri­ence na­tion­als,” Lad­son said of her fourth-quar­ter hero­ics, which helped erase a 46-40 lead Gar­rett took into the fi­nal quar­ter. “That’s been our goal since Day 1 this sea­son.”

“She just put the team on her back in the fourth quar­ter,” Ch­e­sa­peake head coach Gwen Barnes said of Lad­son, who was named the Tour­na­ment Most Valu­able Player. “She’s been our leader the last two sea­sons.”

While no other Skip­jacks reached dou­ble fig­ures, Lad­son still had plenty of help. Shahra Madi­son (game-high 11 re­bounds) and Emily Truitt (seven re­bounds) each scored nine points while Chantelle Gross (five re­bounds, three steals) and Deon­dria Wim­ber added seven points each. Chandni Tay­lor con­trib­uted five points and Reeva Jack­son (five

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