Jenkins and Chesapeake spoil Meade's plans for celebration

February 28, 1996|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

After beating Chesapeake-AA twice during the regular season, Meade likely was expecting a celebration after last night's Class 4A East Region boys quarterfinal.

A win not only would have advanced the Mustangs a step closer to College Park, but it would have given their coach, Butch Young, his 400th career victory.

The Cougars' John Jenkins, however, spoiled the party.

Jenkins, who entered the game averaging nine points a game, scored a game-high 21, including four three-pointers, to lead visiting Chesapeake to a 58-53 win.

Jenkins was unstoppable at times. Just seconds after Meade had taken its first lead of the game midway through the fourth quarter, he stepped up to score 10 straight points over a 90-second span that put his team up by nine.

"This was probably the best shooting day I've ever had," he said.

"They got him the ball and he knew what to do with it," said Chesapeake coach John Spinnenweber. "That's what makes a winner -- somebody who can step up and make the big shots at the end."

After trailing the whole way, Meade (12-11) rallied late behind the shooting of Kaishi Harris (12 points) and DeShawn Brown (10). Trailing by as many as eight in the third quarter, the Mustangs rallied again to briefly take the lead, but could only get within two after Jenkins' flurry.

John Jennings (11 points) then sealed the Cougars' win by hitting three of four foul shots in the final 27 seconds.

"Chesapeake stepped up," said Young, who will have to wait until next season for win No. 400. "They played well and did what they had to do."

The Cougars (9-14) held the Mustangs to 27 percent shooting in the first half, running their lead to as many as eight points midway through the second quarter before going into the break leading, 23-20.

Girls

Meade 60, Chesapeake-AA 37: Host Meade used swarming full-court defense to hold Chesapeake without a basket for the first 10:25, running out to a 28-3 lead before coasting to victory in the Class 4A East Region quarterfinals.

It was the Mustangs' first game since forfeiting 11 wins due to their use of an ineligible player.

Led by Shalisa Johnson (15 points), Dena Eldridge (14) and Lindsay Meyer (13), Meade (5-18), shot 50 percent in the first half, out-rebounding the Cougars, 25- 13, and forcing 20 turnovers. The Mustangs led, 41-12, at the break.

Chesapeake (4-19), which improved dramatically in the second half, was led by Gail Siemer (15) and Melanie Tice (14).

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