Vikings fall at Pocomoke
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.