Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Lady Chaps dump #16 Weatherford, Chaps dispense Coyotes in Preconference Tune-up

Midland's Kiwi Gardner scores the "and one" on the Coyotes
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 By Forrest Allen
MC Athletic Director

The MC Lady Chaps returned to the hardwood after a much needed break from school and competition. Midland College 12-4 overall achieved redemption against #16 Weatherford College with a convincing 78-99 win over the Lady Coyotes on a cold, Thursday night at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center.

Midland College used a very balanced scoring attack in the contest, with five Lady Chaps scoring in double figures. MC was led by sophomore standout Achiri Ade who recorded a "double-double" (13 points, 11 rebounds) in her first game in five weeks. The hiatus was due to a foot problem that needed rest in order to properly heal. In addition to Ade's performance, freshmen Catherine Kruschke and Tia Dixon scored 12 points each, while fellow freshman Danieshka Canales and sophomore guard Darnetta Jackson chipped in with 10 points each.

In the men's match up the Chaps looked impressive after a one month layoff in putting away the Weatherford Coyotes by a score of 98-51. The win lifted the Chaparrals to 9-2 this season. For the Coyotes the 47-point loss was better than the 61-point beatdown imposed on them by the Chaps late in December.

Like the women's contest, MC saw a very balanced scoring attack with six players scoring in double figures in the contest. Sophomore guard Willis Nicholson led the Chaparrals with a 17 point, six assist outburst. MC's Justin Coleman and Gary Akbar recorded "double-doubles". Coleman recorded 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Akbar chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow Chaps Kiwi Gardner, Colan Weasby and Ede Egharevba scored 14, 11 and 11 respectively. Midland's Aly Ahmed pulled down 12 boards to tie him with Coleman as the game leader in the category. Gardner also dished six assists in the game.

Both teams return to Chap Center on Monday, January 14, in another double-dip versus the Odessa College Wranglers. The Lady Chaps will tip off against the Lady Wranglers in a 5:45 p.m. start, while the Chaps and the Wranglers square off in a scheduled 7:45 p.m. contest.

Darnetta Jackson drives past a Weatherford College defender
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