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January 24th, 2022

Garrett College women rout Titans, 87-42

Mickens scores game-high 22; Wise puts up a triple-double

Garrett College's women's basketball team pulled off an inside job Sunday afternoon – and it was as legal as it was effective.

Eleven of the host Lakers' 16 first-half baskets came inside the paint, including a half-dozen transition hoops. That performance helped Garrett College build a 29-point halftime lead while coasting to an 87-42 win over the Community College of Beaver County.

"With 4 guards, we can really get up and down the court ," said Lakers head coach JT Lewis, whose squad consisted of 4 guards and 5-foot-9 forward Aliyah Tucker. "Josias [Mickens] is really going to help us push the ball."

While Mickens scored a game-high 22 points in her first game of the season, she had plenty of help.

Freshman guard Jersey Wise posted a triple-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Harmoni Swain (8 rebounds) and Tucker (10 rebounds, 5 assists) each added 18 points while Josie Canales chipped in 10 points with 12 rebounds.

Garrett College (8-2) took control early, scoring the final 16 points of the opening quarter while building an 18-2 lead. Canales scored the final 7 points of the first quarter, including a pair of transition layups, and Swain finished the period with 5 points.

Things went from bad to worse for CCBC (2-14) in the second quarter.

While each team only suited up 5 players, the lack of depth hit the Titans first when Kyliah Sterling suffered a second-quarter finger injury. Playing against 4 Titans, Garrett College finished the first half on a 16-1 run to build a 38-9 cushion.

Canales finished with 11 first-half points, Butler added 10, and Wise scored 8 for the Lakers' balanced offensive attack. Bene Butler (team-high 17 points] had all 9 of the Titans' first-half points – and remained CCBC's only scorer until NaCaia Jackson's hoop midway through the third quarter.

Beaver County's personnel problems worsened in the third quarter when Bethany Barto picked up her fifth foul. That left the Titans with just three players the rest of the way.

Titans head coach Daivon Jackson praised his undermanned squad's effort.

"I've got to appreciate how 3 of our leaders continued to fight," said Jackson of the trio of Titans still on the court at game's end. "It was great to see Bene [Butler], Kiara [Koger]and NaCaia [Jackson] fight to the end – I couldn't ask for any more."

The Laker had their own depth issues – playing the last 7 minutes with 4 players after Canales fouled out – but still rolled to their third straight win. Lewis does expect to get a little depth back soon when freshman forward Shay Barlow is medically cleared to play.

"I'm just looking forward to fighting with this team," said Lewis. "They're fun on and off the court."

The Lakers play a 5 p.m. game Monday night at Potomac State College of West Virginia University and host the College of Southern Maryland in a 4 p.m. league contest on Wednesday.