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CHC players fall in NCAA Shootout

Defense can often be an afterthought in summer basketball, and it was hardly thought of at all in one of the women’s NCAA League games last Tuesday night.

Team Gold, which has half a dozen Chestnut Hill College players on its roster, lost this particular track meet to Team Royal Blue, 102-77. Rising sophomore Lindsay Alexander, a CHC forward, scored 17 points in the losing cause, while Royal Blue received a 25-point performance from guard Ashley Morris, a Central High alum who graduated from Temple University two years ago.

Guard Marqesah Spicer, a CHC sophomore who played high school hoops for Engineering & Science, provided some early offense for Team Gold along with Hollie Mershon (Archbishop Carroll/Drexel) and Courtney Nyce (Upper Perkiomen/Mount St. Mary’s). Spicer attended Chestnut Hill last year, but was not eligible to play for the Griffins.

After she hit a lay-up to give Team Gold an 11-9 edge in Tuesday’s tilt, Royal Blue (with a roster consisting largely of Division I players) took over the lead with 13 unanswered points. CHC’s Aiesha Smith, a junior guard, penetrated to the hoop to break the streak, but Team Gold never regained the lead.

Royal Blue had torn open a 20-point gap (43-23) when Chestnut Hill’s Alexander began to find the hoop. In the last five minutes of the half, she registered three transition lay-ups and stuck a three-pointer from the right corner. Nevertheless, Royal Blue was able to answer every challenge, and led 54-42 at the intermission.

As the second half began, the teams traded points as the tally rose to 60-48, with Team Gold getting three-pointers from Mershon and Victoria Mazzeo, an incoming freshman guard for CHC. Another Griffins guard, sophomore Ericka Furrowh, did a nice job of distributing the ball in the backcourt, but the Gold group just couldn’t come up with defensive stops at the other end.

After the early 6-6 exchange, Royal Blue put together a 14-0 run similar to its first-half surge, and now was up 74-48. During the middle of the period Team Gold managed to reduce its deficit, as lay-ups by Spicer and Alexander figured into a 12-4 rally that made it 78-60. Nevertheless, the momentum soon swung back to Royal Blue, which plunked in three consecutive three-point baskets and pulled away to win by 25.

Joining Alexander in double figures for Team Gold were Mershon, with 13, Nyce, with 12, and Spicer, with 11. CHC’s Smith and Furrowh each wound up with eight points, and Mazzeo had three. Jessica Pruiti, a senior swing player for the Griffins, is also on the Gold roster, but she did not play in last Tuesday’s contest.

 


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