Hawks Drop Close One to Frederick
The College of Southern Maryland Hawks lost a hard-fought game against the Frederick Community College Cougars on November 28 by a score of 74-72.
The Cougars were barely able to muster enough offense to take down CSM, with their winning basket coming in the last seven seconds of the game.
After Frederick's Khayla Rudd tied the game at 72-72 off of two made free-throws with 37 seconds left in the game, CSM's Amaya Yancey drove into the paint on the Hawks' next possession but couldn't get her shot to go off the glass. The Cougars grabbed the rebound and called timeout with 13 seconds remaining to set up their offense.
On the inbound play, Frederick's Jone Ayers found her teammate Nia Powell wide open underneath the hoop for the easy layup to put the Cougars up for good 74-72.
CSM had a 10-point lead after the first quarter, but Frederick outscored the Hawks each quarter thereafter. Amiah Banks, Jone Ayers, and Augusta Kamara were the leading scorers for Frederick with 20, 15, and 13 points, respectively.
"It's basketball, you're going to win some and you're going to lose some," CSM head coach Ardell Jackson said. "Give them credit, Frederick wanted it more than we did tonight. They came and they did the things they needed to do and executed the game plan the way their coach wanted it."
The game was so tightly contested both teams had almost identical field-goal and free-throw percentages; Frederick shot 26-63 from the floor and 14-24 from the line, while CSM was 26-62 from the floor and 14-25 from the line.
Jackson attributed the Hawks' loss to "lack of defense and lack of focus." His outlook remained positive though, adding that "you want these types of games because these games will teach you something for playoffs."
Sophomore guard Jennifer Nanosi and freshman point guard Amaya Yancey were again the leading scorers for the Hawks, with 23 and 20 points, respectively. On the season, Yancey is now nearly averaging a triple-double per game, with 19.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 8.8 assists per game. She is also shooting 55.6 percent from the field and 64.3 percent from the 3-point line.
"I still have confidence in them. I know they want to get better, they want to improve," Jackson said of his team. "Good learning experience for us, we'll get better from it."