Lack of rebounding troubles winless Shepherd women
Even with three consecutive home games to begin the season, Shepherd’s women couldn’t grab an elusive win. And then came the first road game at Glenville against the 14-player platoon system incorporated by the Pioneers, and the winning was no easier.
Chowan administered a 72-57 loss in the Butcher Center by outrebounding the mostly inexperienced Rams, 59-34. Even though it could make only 36 percent (28-for-77) of its field goal attempts, Chowan was able to take 23 more shots than the Rams. The free throw line was of little help for the visitors who converted only 15-of-28 (54 percent).
Jordan Payne threw in 22 points for Chowan.
The Rams went 19-for-54 (35 percent) from the field, but did make 17-of-23 (74 percent) free throws.
Shepherd’s meager 34 rebounds included only seven offensive rebounds.
Kari Lankford had 12 rebounds and Liz Myers claimed nine rebounds.
Shepherd committed 25 fouls with both Lankford and Myers fouling out.
Chowan only expanded its 31-25 halftime lead.
Glenville used its pressure defense and revolving-door substitution scheme to overwhelm the Rams right from the beginning before settling for a comfortable 108-82 win.
The Pioneers held a thundering 34-16 lead after only one quarter and had bolted to a 59-36 lead by halftime.
A 63-42 rebounding advantage helped the Pioneers actually attempt 100 shots from the floor.
The Rams went 29-of-80 (36 percent) from the field and converted 22-of-28 (79 percent) of their free throws.
Morgan Arden scored 24 points, had 10 rebounds and went 7-for-8 from the foul line. Myers added 23 points and took down 13 rebounds while Cara Mason had 11 rebounds to partially offset her 1-for-10 showing from the field.
Glenville improved to 2-1 overall, making 39 of its 100 field goal attempts and 13-of-22 (59 percent) of its free throws. The Pioneers tried 53 three-point shots.
There were 23 Shepherd turnovers against the full court pressure applied by the Pioneers. Glenville was Paris McLeod led the Pioneers in scoring with her 23 points and was aided by 13 points from Julie Bishop, 12 points from La’Shaughn Jones, 11 points from South Hagerstown High product Tayana Stewart and 11 points from Brittany Jackson. Stewart’s 20 minutes of playing time were the most given any Glenville player.
The Rams were 0-4 and had been battered on the boards by all four of their opponents.