Tim Fudd scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Chantilly overcame a sluggish start and buried Lee, 79-51, in a AAA nondistrict game last night at Lee.
The Chargers improved to 2-0 mainly because of a 29-point third quarter. Lee (0-2) suffered through a nightmarish third quarter, committing 11 turnovers and hitting five of 12 shots as Chantilly increased a 34-25 halftime advantage to 63-39 at the end of the quarter.
It was a pressure defense that finally got Chantilly going and contributed greatly to the Lancers' woes in the third quarter. Despite six turnovers in its first eight possessions, Lee trailed only 38-29. But the press and Shane Clancy's scoring sent the Chargers to a huge edge.
Clancy, a 5-foot-11 senior guard who averaged nearly 16 points last season, struggled in the first half with six points on two of eight from the floor. But in the final part of Chantilly's rally, Clancy scored nine of his 18 points.
"One of my assistants said that he wasn't sure if they could go up and down the floor with us," said Chantilly Coach Mark Martino of the press. "So we said let's put the clamps to them and that was a big change for us."
Both teams had shooting troubles in the first half, particularly the Lancers, who made only six of 25 and stayed close only because of 11-14 shooting from the foul line. The Chargers didn't exactly light it up -- 11 of 30 -- and their free throw woes (10 of 20) kept the score close.
"Clancy struggled early and he got a little frustrated," Martino said. "Everybody wanted the ball and for us to be effective, we can't do that. If we try to rely on one person getting 30 points every game, we're not going to win."
Fudd was the main man in the first half. The 6-5 senior scored 11 of his points and grabbed eight of his rebounds to help Chantilly to a 34-25 halftime lead.
"Maybe the biggest thing he has going for him is his unorthodox style," Martino said. "He's not going to get those flying rebounds, but he'll get the ones with his back bent 90 degrees. He's tough to cover and all he knows is going 100 percent."
For the game, the Lancers, who start two sophomores, two juniors and one senior, shot 15 of 55 and committed 25 turnovers.
"They are going to be good in years to come," Martino said. "They make the type of mistakes that young kids make. The difference is we can play through that because we have kids who have been on this level before."