SKIP­JACKS

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re­bounds) scored her two points on a put­back in the fi­nal minute that helped seal the win.

“Ever ybody got in and did what they were sup­posed to do,” said Barnes, who has guided the Skip­jacks to two re­gion ti­tles in her three sea­sons as head coach. Ch­e­sa­peake has now won five Re­gion XX crowns in the last six years.

Gar­rett, which lost to Ch­e­sa­peake in both the reg­u­lar sea­son and the state tour­na­ment, tried to take con­trol of Sun­day’s ti­tle game with a 10-2 run near the end of the third quar­ter. Han­nah Hen­der­son (13 points, six re­bounds) had three layups dur­ing the run, which turned a 35-34 deficit into a 44-37 Laker lead.

Lad­son, how­ever, went right to work at the start of the fourth quar­ter. She scored Ch­e­sa­peake’s first six points of the fi­nal quar­ter to get the rally go­ing be­fore Gross pulled the Skip­jacks even, 49-49, with a three-pointer.

“They knocked down shots when they needed to,” Gar­rett head coach Roy Boggess said of the Skip­jacks. “They just don’t stop and they con­tinue to play hard. They have four or five play­ers who are re­ally hard to han­dle.”

Chaunte McDow­ell (19 points, seven re­bounds, four as­sists) put Gar­rett back in front with a layup, but Lad­son drained a jumper to re-tie the game. Lad­son then con­verted a steal off a Gar­rett in­bounds play into a tran­si­tion layup that put the Skip­jacks in front to stay, 53-51.

Wim­ber turned a weak-side of­fen­sive re­bound into a layup to cap the 6-0 run and stretch Ch­e­sa­peake’s lead to 55-51 with 2:10

re­main­ing, but the Lak­ers fought back.

Gar­rett’s Mia-Alexis Lloyd (19 points) con­verted a layup with 61 sec­onds re­main­ing and the Lak­ers forced a turnover with full­court pres­sure. Hen­der­son had a chance to tie the game af­ter be­ing fouled on a drive to the bas­ket, but could only make the sec­ond of two free throws to pull Gar­rett within 5554 with 50.5 sec­onds re­main­ing.

The Lak­ers had a chance for a big stop when Wim­ber missed a jumper with 30 sec­onds re­main­ing, but Jack­son was there for the of­fen­sive re­bound and laid it in to give Ch­e­sa­peake a 57-54 lead. Lad­son and Truitt each split a pair of free throws in the fi­nal 14 sec­onds to seal Ch­e­sa­peake’s win.

Gar­rett led af­ter each of the first three quar­ters. Lloyd kept the Lak­ers in the game early, scor­ing nine of the team’s first 10 points, and Hen­der­son hit a driv­ing layup with 19 sec­onds re­main­ing in the first quar­ter to give the Lak­ers a 14-12 lead af­ter one pe­riod.

The Skip­jacks opened the sec­ond quar­ter with an 8-2 run as Madi­son con­verted a pair of of­fen­sive re­bounds into bas­kets and Truitt hit her sec­ond three-pointer of the con­test. Gar­rett an­swered with nine straight points with four dif­fer­ent Lak­ers scor­ing, but Ch­e­sa­peake cre­ated a 29-29 tie with a 7-2 surge that Madi­son capped with an­other bas­ket off an of­fen­sive re­bound.

Ch­e­sa­peake fin­ished with a 42-25 ad­van­tage on the boards, in­clud­ing 14-4 on the of­fen­sive glass.

McDow­ell broke the 29-29 tie with a three­p­oint play off a driv­ing layup to give Gar­rett a 32-29 lead at the half.

Truitt joined Lad­son on the all-tour­na­ment team from Ch­e­sa­peake. McDow­ell and Lloyd were both se­lected from Gar­rett, while CCBC-Ca­tonsville’s Kai Wy­att and Ce­cil Col­lege’s Ny’Jayha Lock­wood also made the squad.

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