Cold Lions fall in Governor’s opener
Kempsville (Va.) 66 Queen Anne’s 40 Kempsville pulls away in the second half
SALISBURY — One quarter of the way along Wednesday at Wicomico High, things looked good for the Lions. But then the shooting got cold, and the rebounding wasn’t there, and they fell farther behind with each passing minute.
In the end, the Queen Anne’s County High boys’ basketball team lost to Kempsville (Va.), 6640, in the teams’ first game, on the first day of the 38th annual Governor’s Challenge holiday hoops tournament.
The Lions played in their second and final Challenge game yesterday at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center; their opponent was not known at press time.
“We haven’t practiced yet over the [holiday] break,” Lions head coach Jeff Hollis said. “But I know definitely what we need to work on, what we might be working on in the gym as soon as we get back home.”
The teams were tight through the first quarter, though the Chiefs led for much of that time. A 3-pointer by Nick Dunkerly (team-high 17 points) put the Lions up for the first time, at 11-9, in the opening period’s closing moments.
But in the second quarter, the Lions couldn’t pry the lid off the bucket, missing all but one of 16 shots, that being another Dunkerly trey late in the period. A lone free throw accounted for the other Queen Anne’s point in the second.
Meanwhile, Kempsville pulled ahead, 29-15, thanks to 11 firsthalf points by Elijah White, six coming in the second period. Queen Anne’s shot just 6-for-32 (19 percent) from the floor before intermission. Despite winning the war on the glass, 26-22, in the first half, only two offensive boards led to buckets for the Lions, whereas five of the Chiefs’ seven first-half baskets came by way of second-chance shots.
In the second half, it got no closer after the opening moments, the Chiefs edging out to a 15-, then 17-, then 21-point lead. It was 50-28 after three quarters.
“We thought we had a shot with their big guy [6-foot-8 forward Tyson Brown, 15 points, 13 rebounds] out for a while,” Hollis said, “but we just didn’t finish shots. We didn’t follow shots, and we didn’t rebound and box out.
“I’m glad to have these games, though,” Hollis added, “Because these are a lot better than just practicing. But we’ve got to work on some things in practice . ... We’ll see how we handle things tomorrow.”
Dominique Stanford’s 25 points paced the Kempsville attack.
Hugh Meehan chipped in six points and six boards for the Lions, while teammate Jordan Dozier pulled down nine rebounds. The Lions shot 24 percent (16for-67) from the floor, while Kempsville converted on
43 percent of their shots
Several other North Bayside teams are in action later in the week. On Friday, Kent County High plays at
10 a.m. at the Civic Center against Hammond High. At the same time, Cambridgesouth Dorchester plays at Wi-hi against Forest Park, while Colonel Richardson plays a game at James M. Bennett High against Polytech (Del.).
Easton High plays Friday at 1:30 p.m. against Good Counsel, at Wi-hi, and at
8:30 p.m. at Wi-hi, North Caroline takes on Sussex Tech (Del.). All the North teams which play Friday are in action again on Saturday, with their game times, opponents, and venues contingent on Friday’s outcomes.
Queen Anne’s County’s Xavior Jones (42) dribbles against Kempsville’s Jared Williams during the second quarter of Tuesday’s Governor’s Challenge game in Salisbury.