Cat Barber

College Park picked up the victory over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

McDONOUGH — After the Fort Wayne Mad Ants jumped out to an early lead over the College Park Skyhawks, there was just a timeout and the introduction of Cat Barber to the game that turned the tide of the 119-101 victory.

Barber came off the bench and outscored every opposing player on the court with 27 points and added 10 rebounds to record a double-double on the night. But that wasn’t the only player feeling it Monday night in Fort Wayne.

Marcus Derrickson also had 17 points and 10 rebounds making him the second player with a double-double on the team but it just transferred throughout the team. Mark Ogden, Jr. scored 19, with Tahjere McCall, Brandon Goodwin and Kenny Gabriel each picking up 13.

Jordan Sibert came on late in the game to cross the double-digit mark with 11.

College Park was in a groove, it was obvious as the team dished the ball well for 31 total assists a number that their foe was unable to reach with 17. Add in how the Skyhawks picked the ball out of hands seemingly at will with 13 total steals also lended a hand to the Skyhawks’ overall performance.

But the victory did face it’s own moments of adversity. The Skyhawks trailed at the beginning of the game 8-2 and relied on a team effort to pull a 22-21 lead over the Mad Ants.

In that quarter, was the first moments of Barber who came in and made an immediate impact and then picked up two rebounds, one each from the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

In the second quarter, it was much the same issue. Skyhawks were flat to start out with and didn’t regain the lead until there were 4:21 remaining in the second quarter after going on a 7-0 run.

After the Mad Ants pulled back into the lead, the Skyhawks clicked off another 10 points before the half. Up 53-48, the Skyhawks momentum from the second carried over.

After a 88-70 lead in the third quarter, the Skyhawks rolled onto the 119-101 victory with little resistance.

College Park (2-2) returns to action Thursday at home against the Delaware Blue Coats (2-2).

Sports Editor

Graduated from South Carolina State University in 2015. Been with the Henry Herald and Clayton News in two capacities as a sports journalist and interim sports editor.

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