Stingy 2nd-Half Defense Leads Sandburg to Opening-Night Win

Nov. 6, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College women’s basketball team had three players score in double figures as it beat Lincoln 64-44 on Wednesday night at John M. Lewis Gymnasium in the Chargers’ season opener.
 

Sandburg (1-0) never trailed and got a game-high 15 points from sophomore guard Jordyn Chasteen (Canton, Ill./Canton), who had three of the Chargers’ seven 3-pointers in the contest. Freshman forward Sadee Hamilton (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) added 11 — all in the second half — after not playing organized basketball at all last season. Sandburg also got 11 points from freshman forward Alex Strom (Victoria, Ill./Galva) in her collegiate debut.
 

The Chargers led 31-26 at halftime and grabbed their first double-digit lead by scoring nine of the first 11 in the second half. Sandburg followed that with an 8-0 run while holding the Lynx (0-4) scoreless for a stretch of 8 minutes, 12 seconds to lead 48-30 with 8:10 to go. Lincoln went 12:06 between its first and second field goals of the second half.
 

“I thought our ballhandling and intensity was solid, and when we quit giving up second-chance shots in the second half, we shut them down,” Sandburg coach Mike Bailey said. “That’s what I really like about this group. When you tell them how to fix something, they correct it. I thought it was a really good opener for us.”
 

The Chargers are home again at 1 p.m. Saturday against Elgin. The women’s game will be followed by the men’s basketball team’s home opener at 3 p.m. against Elgin.
 

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Jordyn Chasteen