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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Harris, Green keep pushing Chargers forward

The Chancellor girls basketball program believed it was on the rise entering the 2012–13 season.

The Chargers seemingly had the pieces to compete with perennial Battlefield District powers Courtland and Eastern View, but suffered a devastating setback in the preseason when shooting guard Jayla Harris went down with a torn meniscus in her right knee.

Harris missed all of her sophomore campaign and the Chargers finished in the middle of the pack in the district.

But this season Harris is back and completely healthy. She scored a game-high 27 points in Chancellor’s 63–55 road victory over Caroline Tuesday night.

Harris scored 15 in the second quarter as Chancellor (9–3) overcame an early 14–2 deficit to race past the short-handed Cavaliers (10–4).

“With her coming back, she brings not only scoring, but good defense and hustle,” Chargers head coach William Griffin said. “She’s a motivator. Last year we were hurting without her point production. These last two games she’s stepped up tremendously.”

Harris poured in 31 points in a 70–45 victory over King George last Friday.

On Tuesday, she was aided by senior sharpshooter Emily Green, who scored 12 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter.

Whenever the Cavaliers threatened to claw back into the game, Green provided a key basket. She buried a deep 3-pointer to increase Chancellor’s lead to 54–45 midway through the fourth quarter. After the Cavaliers cut their deficit to 56–50, she drilled another 3.

“I’ve been taught my whole life to just keep shooting,” Green said. “My guards did a really good job of feeding it to me. My whole team told me, ‘Keep shooting. Keep shooting.’ It’s a big help when you have your whole team doing that for you.”

It was the Cavaliers’ second straight loss after a nine-game winning streak. But head coach Tim Marshall said his players have perhaps shown more character in the two defeats than it did during the run of victories.

Caroline lost to Northumberland 74–71 in triple overtime Monday. The Cavaliers played all three extra periods with just three players because of a combination injuries and foul woes.

Caroline dressed seven players Tuesday, including Merkia Courtney who was called up from junior varsity. The Cavaliers have lost three players to injuries recently and another departed because of a lack of playing time.

“When you’re playing with six players against a team like Chancellor, it’s tough,” Marshall said. “They’re strong at all angles. I thought we did a pretty decent job.”

Caroline suffered another blow midway through the fourth quarter when leading scorer Hope Toliver exited with a hip injury and didn’t return. Toliver paced the Cavaliers with 19 points.

Griffin said the Cavaliers appeared worn down by the end of the game. But they certainly started like they had enough energy to compete.

Caroline jumped out to a 12-point lead behind Toliver and senior post player Bo Hayes (eight points, 11 rebounds) before the Chargers used a 12–2 run to cut their deficit to 16–14 on a Green jumper early in the second quarter.

Once Chancellor took its first lead, 27–26, it never trailed again. Harris and Green answered every Caroline challenge throughout.

“It was a great battle out there,” Harris said. “Their defense was pretty good. They kept attacking us on offense. They made us play very well, so to be able to beat them in their house is a great feeling.”

The Chargers host Fauquier on Thursday. Caroline visits North Stafford Friday.

Chancellor 12 20 13 18 — 63

Caroline 16 10 11 18 — 55

Scoring

Chancellor (9–3): Emily Green 17, Jayla Harris 27, Rachon Harrison 8, Sydney Jackson 8, Jalissa McCain 2, Shawna Morris 1, Makayla Snider 0. Totals: 27 3-5 63.

Caroline (10–4): KeAsia Butler 4, Bo Hayes 8, Jayla McNeill 6, Jazmen Moore 11, Delikequa Parker 4, Hope Toliver 19, Merkia Courtney 3. Totals: 21 10-16 55.

Three-point goals: Chancellor 6 (E. Green 3, J. Harris 3). Caroline 3 (J. Moore 2, M. Courtney).

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

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