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CHS girls upended by Crestwood

Posted: January 7, 2012 12:33 p.m.
Updated: January 9, 2012 5:00 a.m.

There was no easing into the start of Region 6-AAA play for the Camden girls’ basketball team.
Facing pre-season conference favorite Crestwood, the host Lady Bulldogs never got into a rhythm and fell to the visiting Lady Knights, 69-42, Friday night on the Mike Culp Court inside the Dog Pound.
The setback snapped a three-game win streak for Natalie Jeffcoat’s 6-3 squad, which trailed, 26-13, after one quarter and were never able to get any closer.
“We knew if we were going to beat them, we had to play our best and they would not play their best,” Jeffcoat said. “I think this is going to be a good learning experience for us. That’s a good ball team that we played tonight, but we have a lot of work to do.”
Camden had its work cut out for itself from the get-go as the visitors used a game-opening 17-6 run to start putting this one away early. The 9-3 guests did most of their damage inside the paint area with a steady stream of layins and point-blank shots. CHS countered with five points from guard Sharneece Gary and four from center Chelsea Reynolds in the first quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs trailed by 16 points on two occasions in the second stanza before a pair of Quasha Jefferson free throws closed  the first half scoring with the hostesses trailing, 38-24. Crestwood continued to pound the ball inside, making 12 of its 14 shots from the field from within the paint.
“Defensively,” Jeffcoat said, “we gave up a lot of easy looks and they took advantage of it. I don’t think they missed but a handful of shots the whole first half. They scored 26 points in the first quarter; that, definitely, was not the start we were looking for.”
A Jazzmine Devlin 3-point basket at the 6:33 mark of the third quarter was all that stood in the way of what was a 9-3 Lady Knight  surge which hiked the lead to 47-27 midway into the third quarter. Camden would close the gap to 16, at 47-31, with a Jefferson stickback and a Gary layin. But the guests closed the quarter with a 9-2 run to carry a commanding 56-33 lead into the final quarter.
Jeffcoat said her team tried to make Crestwood beat them from the outside, but it was to no avail against a strong Lady Knight outfit.
“We tried to sit in our 2-3 zone to try and combat that,” she said of her team’s being outsized. “When people are bigger, stronger and faster than you, you just have to do all the little things just right … boxing out, denying the ball on defense and things like that. Those are things that we still have to clean up.”

Crestwood (69): Keanu Williams 4 3-3 12, Kanaja Murray 5 2-9 12, Jessica Skinner 7 5-7 19, Alexandria Scriven 3 0-0 6, Daniquia Lewis 2 4-4 8, Candace Murray 2 0-0 4, Crystal Bennett 2 0-0 4, Alexus Porter 1 0-1 2, Tierra Ford 0 0-2 0. Totals: 28 14-25 69
Camden (42): Chelsea Reynolds 2 2-2 6, Quasha Jefferson 3 4-4 10, Sharneece Gary 3 2-5 10, Jazzmine Devlin 1 0-2 3, Dree Dubose 1 2-2 4, Audria Brooks 1 0-0 2, Porsha Griffin 1 0-0 2, Chloe Poole 2 0-0 5, Ticnicko Lee 0 0-1 0. Totals: 14 10-16 42

Three-point goals: Crestwood 1 (Williams), Camden 4 (Gary 2, Devlin, Poole)

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