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Anne Arundel women hold off Chesapeake
Shaw says Skipjacks played ’best game since I’ve been here’

WYE MILLS – The Skipjacks’ effort Friday night may not have been enough to beat Anne Arundel Community College, but it was enough to impress Lowell Shaw.

"We may very well have played the best game since I’ve been here," said Shaw, in his third season as Chesapeake College’s head women’s basketball coach, after once-beaten Anne Arundel held off the host Skipjacks, 63-56.

Sherrie Thomas scored 23 points and Monette Malabet had 15 for the Skipjacks (1-4), who were within two points with four minutes remaining in the game.

"We outrebounded them and we played very well defensively," said Shaw.

What the Skipjacks didn’t do was find a way to contain Anne Arundel star Janae Butler, who scored a game-high 30 points. Butler led Arundel High to a state championship season two years ago, and she is having a similarly positive effect on the Pioneers (6-1).

"Janae’s a great player," said Shaw.

The teams traded leads for much of the first 10 minutes, but Anne Arundel used a late spurt to build a 36-27 halftime advantage. While the Skipjacks challenged in the second half, they could never completely erase that deficit.

"We gave an excellent effort," said Shaw.

The Skipjacks play Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Montgomery College/Rockville.

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