Shore cagers win at home after 0-4 road trip

CHESTERTOWN — After losing four games in a row on the road — all Centennial Conference contests — Washington’s women returned home Tuesday and picked up a much-needed win to remain relevant in playoff discussions.

The Shore ladies closed out the game on a 17-9 run to defeat McDaniel’s women, 52-41.

Washington (8-8 overall) improved to 5-6 in the conference, joining McDaniel and Muhlenberg also with a handful of CC wins.

This was the locals’ first home game in 17 days, since their 46-41 win over the Mules on Jan. 6.

Freshman guard Peyton Berger’s layup with 2 minutes, 35 seconds remaining in the opening frame broke a 4-4 tie, and Washington would lead the rest of the day.

The spread was 24-14 at halftime after Washington outscored its guest, 9-2, over the final 5:38 of the second quarter.

McDaniel was 5-of-29 from the floor in the first half. Meantime, Washington scored 17 second-chance points while grabbing 17 offensive rebounds and 33 total.

McDaniel (10-7, 5-7 CC) pulled to within a point, 33-32, on a fast-break jumper by Lily Hines with 11 seconds remaining in the third quarter, but was unable to come all the way back from the double-digit deficit.

In the final frame, McDaniel was 3-of-16 from the floor while Washington was 9-of-13 from the stripe.

For the winners, Karry Kelliher (four blocks) and Kaitlyn Boggs each scored 10 points and Berger and Abby Meredith each contributed eight points.

Washington held a commanding 54-36 advantage under the glass, led by Kiersten Rose’s nine rebounds.

Neither team shot well from the field — Washington was 16-of-56 (29%) and McDaniel was 15-of-59 (25%). Collectively, they were 3-of-23 from outside the arc.

Washington did a better job at the free-throw line, making 19 of 31 attempts.

UP NEXT: Washington is home again Thursday, Jan. 25 against conference foe Swarthmore. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. for the first game of a twin bill.

The men play at 8 p.m.

The Shoremen (3-14, 1-9 CC) have been idle since Saturday’s 67-39 loss at Gettysburg.

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