Scholtz’ double-double helps bring down WC
CHESTERTOWN — Johns Hopkins pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 63-45 win over host Washington in a Centennial Conference women’s basketball game Saturday.
The Shore ladies (4-3) absorbed their second Centennial loss in as many games to slip to 2-2 in the league.
Johns Hopkins improved to 6-1 on the season, 3-1 in the Centennial — one game back in the win column behind CC front-runner Gettysburg, which is favored to repeat as the conference champion.
This was the 11th win in a row over the Shore ladies for the Blue Jays, who are 37-3 all-time in the series.
The Blue Jays opened up a 10-4 lead after scoring eight unanswered points and never trailed after that. The spread was 13-8 at the end of the first period and 31-22 at intermission.
Johns Hopkins scored 12 of the first 16 points of the second quarter, capped by Maggie Spitzer’s layup that made it 25-12 with just under six minutes remaining in the half.
Washington reduced the deficit to single digits by the break thanks to Caitlyn Clark’s buzzer-beating bucket.
Bridget McLaughlin knocked down a jumper in the opening minute of the second half to get to 31-24, but Johns Hopkins responded with an 8-2 run. Lillian Scott’s 3-pointer made it 39-26 with 4 minutes, 44 seconds to play in the third period.
McLaughlin’s three at the horn brought the deficit back down to 10 points, 4333.
Washington would get no closer.
Midway into the fourth quarter, the Blue Jays’ lead grew to 60-37 after they pieced together a 17-4 run in the span of 4:01.
Hopkins’ Lexi Scholtz had a double-double of 10 rebounds and a game-high 18 points. Scott contributed 14 points and Diarra Oden added nine points.
Rory Cole led all players with 11 rebounds, helping the Blue Jays to a commanding 51-30 advantage under the glass.
McLaughlin was the top gun for Washington with 11 points. Clark (five assists) and Taylor Samuels each scored nine points.
Washington shot only 28 percent from the floor.