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Slow start dooms CHS girls in 37-29 loss
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CAMDENS QUASHA JEFFERSON (middle) battles two Chapin players for a loose ball. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Stepping back inside after getting some fresh air outside the Camden High gym, Natalie Jeffcoat probably wished her team could have done the same earlier Monday evening.The Lady Bulldogs put up just five first half points only to battle back and close the gap to six points in the final minute and a half of Monday’s 37-29 loss to visiting Chapin on the Michael G. Culp Court. The setback eliminated Camden from the post-season after the hostesses dropped to 4-7 in Region 4-AAA play heading into Friday’s home finale with second-ranked Lower Richland.“It’s almost like the basket had a lid on it,” Jeffcoat said of her team’s making just two shots from the field in the first half of a ‘must win’ game. “I think we just wanted it too much and we were short-arming some shots because we had a lot of good looks at it.”As tough as things were for Camden, the visiting Eagles were not exactly lighting things up as they received all six of their first quarter points from ShaLeighya Sulton --- who led all scorers with 17 points --- as Chapin led, 6-2, after the first eight minutes.Camden’s chances took a blow in the game’s opening two and a half minutes when senior center Nikki Lee was called for her third personal foul and was sent to the bench for the remainder of the first half.