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Blues Take Weekend From Chargers

Blues Take Weekend From Chargers

Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer

Making her first start of the season, Sherrie Errico went off for 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting that included a pair of threes to help the Capilano Blues women's basketball team to a 76-62 win Saturday afternoon over the Camosun College Chargers.

Errico, who missed the first 10 games of the season as she recovered from an offseason injury, showed signs of returning to form with 4-for-4 shooting in the opener Friday and thrived in a starting role Saturday but saved her best for late as she scored 10 of her points, including both threes she made, in the fourth.

Mackenzie Smith scored eight of her 13 points in the first quarter and Errico dropped seven in the second quarter as the Blues built a 38-19 lead at the half, holding the Chargers to just 26.7 per cent shooting.

The visitors outscored the Blues in the second half but not enough to overcome the deficit they faced at halftime. Kate Mallette came off the Blues bench Saturday and produced 17 points including 10 in the third quarter.

Prior to the game, CapU honoured graduating fifth-year players Reiko Ohama and Emma Cunningham who were playing their final regular-season home game. 

On Friday, a quartet of Blues starters got into double digits in scoring and they held the Chargers to just 26 per cent shooting in an 81-54 victory.

Camosun got early threes from Sierra Reisig and Maddison Manns and led by a point but Cunningham scored the next four points for the Blues, including a couple from the stripe after being fouled attempting a three, and the home side never trailed again.

A dominant second quarter by the Blues where they held Camosun to just four buckets and one from the foul line combined with five points off the bench for Errico made for a 41-26 halftime lead.

The Chargers were shorthanded without star fifth-year guard Tessa Lannon-Paakspuu. Reisig and Chloe Scaber were good in her absence with 17 and 15 points apiece but the rest of the team combined for just 22.

The Blues continued to share the ball around in the third quarter, getting points from eight different players as they increased their lead to 21. 

Mallette finished with a double-double on 10 points and 11 boards and she added a season-high four blocks. Cunningham wound up with 13 point and Errico picked up nine points off the bench.