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Chesapeake College women notch third victory
Skipjacks bounce back from first loss, rally past Middlesex

COLUMBIA – A pattern seems to be developing with the Chesapeake College women’s basketball team.

"Generally speaking, we play better in the second half," Chesapeake head coach Lowell Shaw said after his Skipjacks rallied to defeat Middlesex (N.J.) Community College, 57-51, Saturday afternoon in the Dragon Invitational at Howard Community College. "We seem to be in better shape than other teams, and it’s showing in the second half."

Fatima Calloway scored 17 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead the Skipjacks (3-1). Kiki Pettiford (seven points, 13 rebounds), Irene Turner (12 rebounds), Yaasmiyn Finlayson (two points, nine rebounds), and Charlene Lewis (three points, seven rebounds) also played key roles as the Skipjacks out-rebounded their opponents, 69-34.

"The rebounding advantage was one of the keys for us," said Shaw.

Kyra Ringgold (14 points) and Jady Bell (10 points) each had four second-half field goals as the Skipjacks rallied from a 29-20 halftime deficit. Chesapeake scored the first 10 points of the second half to take a 30-29 lead and the contest stayed close until the final minutes. Finlayson hit two key free throws down the stretch to help the Skipjacks secure the win.

Tiara Whye scored four important first-half points when most of her teammates were having trouble scoring, according to Shaw.

Monroe (N.Y.) CC 80, Chesapeake College 62

COLUMBIA – Tierra Cleaves scored a game-high 22 points Friday evening as Monroe handed the Skipjacks their first loss of the season after two straight wins.

Monroe built a 46-27 halftime lead on the strength of a 34-17 rebounding advantage. The Skipjacks actually outscored Monroe in the second half, 35-34, largely due to a 30-17 rebounding edge after the break.

"When you’re down 19 at the half and getting badly outplayed, it’s awfully easy to throw in the towel, but we didn’t and I’m very proud of the way we played in the second half," said Chesapeake head coach Lowell Shaw.

Skipjack Kiki Pettiford scored a team-high 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, while Fatima Calloway had 14 points and seven rebounds. Tiara Whye (eight rebounds) and Kyra Ringgold each scored eight points for Chesapeake.

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