Jones, Vikings balance scales
CAMBRIDGE — Guard Kenya Jones scored 18 points, half of it coming in the final quarter, as the Cambridge-South Dorchester High girls’ basketball team defeated Colonel Richardson, 49-29, Tuesday night.
The Vikings improved to 4-4 overall, 3-2 North Bayside, while the Colonels fell to 2-6, 2-4.
A sophomore recovering from a leg injury, Jones scored in all four quarters for Cambridge-SD.
“Kenya had a good night. You could see what she’s capable of,” said Vikings head coach Bruce Springer, who noted before the game that Jones was “still only about 50 percent” healed after getting hurt during the offseason. “I think we did a good job as a team, too, and I’m glad we came out of this one with a win. We didn’t win this game last year.”
In last season’s matchup at C-SD, the Colonels rallied for a 46-37 win against
a Viking squad short one starter to injury, and another for a team-rules infraction. Tuesday, they had everyone, though center Izzy Reynolds was, like Jones, coming back from being hurt in late 2018.
In the first quarter, the teams traded leads three times before the Viking took it for good with 32.7 seconds left. A pair of Brooke Windsor free throws made it 9-8, in C-SD’s favor.
Colonel then stumbled through a disastrous second quarter.
Committing four turnovers and going 0 for 11 from the field, Colonel didn’t score again until just after halftime, while C-SD stretched its lead to 20-8. Jones, Windsor, Abby Robinson, and Reynolds each had four points at the break.
“We just got really, really flat,” Colonel head coach Tom Corsey said. “We had a pretty good start, but we just played flat in the second quarter.
“I think the crowd, it was a hostile crowd, that had a little bit of an effect on them,” Corsey added, “and they weren’t prepared for that. Plus, we didn’t shoot well, and didn’t rebound well in that quarter.”
The Colonels got it going in the third quarter, though, scoring 16 points and cutting C-SD’s lead to eight points, at 32-24. Sophomore Kersene Austinville, who finished with eight points, scored six in the third to help keep the Colonels within reach.
It never got closer than seven in the final period, though, as Jones picked up the pace, going 4 for 6 from the floor to help secure the win.
Markayla Wilson’s 10 points led Colonel.
Windsor finished with 11, seven coming from the freethrow line, and Cati Linthicum added six in the form of a pair of long 3-pointers.
The Vikings visit unbeaten Easton at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, while Colonel hosts county rival North Caroline at the same time.
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C-SD’s Abby Robinson (5) looks for a recipient for a pass during the third quarter of Tuesday’s game, while Colonel Richardson defender Markayla Wilspon keeps an eye on her.
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Jade Ward (22) dashes downcourt during a fourthquarter fast break Tuesday against Colonel Richardson.