By Whitney Metz –
The Chincoteague varsity basketball teams hosted Salisbury Christian school Monday, Dec. 13. The girls recorded their first home win with a final score of 49-35.
The team was led by senior Emma Jackson, who had an impressive outing on the court. Jackson scored 16 points and recorded 15 rebounds, seven steals and six blocks on defense. Lindsay O’Shea also had a notable game scoring 11 points with eight rebounds and two blocks. Freshman Aly Clark added to the Ponies’ success with 9 points and five steals. Lola Watson added eight points and six rebounds.
The girls varsity team will compete again Dec. 21 at home against Wicomico High School.
Following the girls’ victory, the Chincoteague boys varsity team also played against Salisbury Christian School. The Ponies went into foul trouble early in the game, forcing them to sit their bigger players and play a smaller lineup than they are used to. They ended the first half with a score of 25-17, Salisbury Christian. After making adjustments during the half and cleaning up a few of their mistakes, Chincoteague made a run “playing their brand of basketball” as coach Johnson describes. The team fought back hard, but came up just short with a final score of 53-49.
Johnson reported after the game, “We are an extremely young group with four sophomores, two of which are in the starting lineup. But we are learning and improving every game.”
Chincoteague had multiple stand-out players in the game including their leading scorer, Landon King. King scored 24 points with eight rebounds and five assists. He was assisted by teammate Jake Harper who recorded 10 points and one steal. Jordan Harper also contributed with 6 points, three rebounds, and one steal.
The Ponies hope to redeem themselves in their next game against Wicomico High School at home Dec. 21, following the girls’ game.