Jan. 13, 2014
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College women’s basketball team went on a tear late in the first half and held on to beat Monmouth JV 57-52 on Monday night at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.
The Chargers (8-5), who have won four of their last five, scored 18 of the last 20 before halftime for a 32-15 advantage. Sandburg’s surge started with a rebound basket by freshman forward Sadee Hamilton (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) with 4 minutes, 4 seconds left, and sophomore forward Destini Bollinger (Astoria, Ill./Astoria) followed with back-to-back layups.
After a reverse layup by Monmouth’s Neddy Velez, the Chargers scored the final 12 points of the half, with sophomore guard Kaylee Moseley (Taylor Ridge, Ill./Rockridge) hitting a pair of 3-pointers and sophomore guard Jordyn Chasteen (Canton, Ill./Canton) also draining a trey during the stretch.
Sandburg’s lead grew as large as 39-19 after another Chasteen 3 with 18:06 to play before the Fighting Scots (0-4) began to rally. Monmouth closed to within 55-52 on a 3 by Kristi Ragan, who had a team-leading 10 points, but Moseley knocked down a pair of free throws at :07.7 to seal the Chargers’ second win over the Scots this season.
“We played well for about 8 minutes and that was about it,” Chargers coach Mike Bailey said. “Thankfully it was good enough for us to get a win. Monmouth did a great job of getting back in it, but we didn’t play the way we’re capable of playing.”
Bollinger’s game-high 12 points led the way for Sandburg. Moseley finished with 10 points, and freshman Julia Isenhour (Clinton, Iowa/Prince of Peace) added 11 off the bench, with nine of those coming in the second half.
After playing three home games in the last five days, the Chargers will play their first Arrowhead Conference road game at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Illinois Valley.