Vik­ings fall at Po­comoke

Dorchester Star - - SPORTS - By DAVID INSLEY dins­[email protected]­

PO­COMOKE CITY — Monique Dou­glas has seen some big games. Thurs­day night, Dec. 13, she saw her first as a head coach.

A 2007 Po­comoke High grad­u­ate who played for for­mer long­time head coach Gail Gladding, Dou­glas helped the War­riors to Class 1A state fi­nal ap­pear­ances in 2006 and 2007. This win­ter marks her first as Po­comoke’s head coach af­ter be­ing an as­sis­tant last sea­son.

Open­ing the sea­son with a young team and back-to­back losses, Dou­glas said, “There’s def­i­nitely been some nerves. But now, my anx­i­ety level has dropped a lot.”

Ju­nior guard Ajah Kel­lam helped ease Dou­glas’ anx­i­ety last night, net­ting a game-high 20 points to go with eight re­bounds and five steals as the War­riors de­feated Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester, 47-34.

“Com­ing in, I only had three girls re­turn­ing,” Dou­glas said. “And there’s been a lot to do . ... I had a lot of girls who hadn’t even played bas­ket­ball be­fore. We’ve had a lot of work to do.”

Po­comoke (1-2) led from the first bucket, a Teirra Thomas shot 27 sec­onds into play, un­til the last, a Thomas 3-pointer in the fi­nal 20. It was 15-9, War­riors, af­ter one pe­riod, and 33-22 at half.

“She def­i­nitely had some great shots,” C-SD head coach Bruce Springer said of Thomas. “She had a cou­ple that were like, ‘How did that even go in?’ And she was all over the place on us.”

Joined by Mykal Schoolfield (10 points) in the back­court, and with 13 points from Thomas, who could drive or shoot from down­town, the game never got closer than six points in the sec­ond half, though C-SD, down by as many as 13 in

the third, nar­rowed the gap to 36-30 early in the fourth be­fore an Emma Mer­ritt put­back helped open things up again.

The Vik­ings (1-2), with­out high­scor­ing guard Kenya Jones (knee in­jury), and 6-foot cen­ter Is­abell Reynolds — “will have to keep work­ing at it, and hope­fully we’ll get them back,” Springer said.

“Po­comoke comes right at you, though,” Springer added. “They played hard, and we just couldn’t seem to make the shots when we needed to. If we had had Kenya, she’d have been a force at point. And Is­abell could block the lane; they would have just bounced off her. Those are two big holes to have to fill.”

C-SD missed nearly a score of close-in sec­ond-half shots. The lid never seemed to come off the bucket as layup af­ter layup lipped away or, in two cases, seemed to jump out of the cylin­der and into the hands of a Po­comoke player.

The C-SD back­court did what it could, but couldn’t an­swer Kel­lam.

C-SD guard Abby Robin­son, who han­dled the point for much of the game, had a pair of firsthalf buck­ets. Foul trou­ble was a buga­boo, though. Robin­son was whis­tled for three per­son­als be­fore in­ter­mis­sion, and had to sit for much of the third quar­ter.

Ju­nior Mor­gan Tracy pro­vided six points off the bench, and Jade Ward added seven for the Vik­ings. Colonel Richard­son 67 North Dorch­ester 37 AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — Kersene Austinville scored 21 points Thurs­day, Dec.13, to pace the Colonels (13, 1-2), who broke a three-game slide to be­gin the sea­son.

Raven Ham­mond added 12 and Markayla Wil­son chipped in 10 points.

For the Ea­gles (0-3, 0-2) Breisha Cephas net­ted 33 points. Cam­bridge-SD 33

St. Michaels 19

ST. MICHAELS — Jade Ward scored seven points, Abby Robin­son added six, as the Vik­ings im­proved to 3-2, 2-0.

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