Cold Lions fall in Gover­nor’s opener

Kempsville (Va.) 66 Queen Anne’s 40 Kempsville pulls away in the se­cond half

Record Observer - - SPORTS - By DAVID INSLEY dins­[email protected]­

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.

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