Ringgold’s 21 leads Skipjacks past Howard
NCHS grad posts career high, holds Dragons’ Schwartz in check
COLUMBIA Kyra Ringgold was impressive on both ends of the court Wednesday night, leading Chesapeake College to a 74-65 women’s basketball win over host Howard Community College.
Ringgold, a freshman from North Caroline High School, scored a career-high 21 points and held Howard scoring star Amanda Schwartz scoreless in the first half. Schwartz, who started the week second in the state in scoring at nearly 21 points per game, scored all 16 of her points after the Skipjacks (4-2) built a 48-30 halftime cushion.
"Kyra played tough defense on Schwartz," said Chesapeake head coach Lowell Shaw, whose Skipjacks matched last season’s win total. "Schwartz hit three threes in the second half and had most of her points after the outcome had already been decided."
Kiki Pettiford (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Easton High grad Jady Bell (13 points) joined Ringgold in double figures. Kent Island High alum Charlene Lewis added nine points while Irene Turner (team-high 13 rebounds) contributed seven points.
Kent County High grad Tiara Whye chipped in with six points and nine rebounds, and Yaasmiyn Finlayson (Colonel Richardson High) scored three points.
Howard’s Jannelee Klipsteen tied Ringgold for game-high scoring honors with 21 points. The Dragons fell to 1-4 with the loss.
Shaw called Wednesday night’s performance "our best overall game of the season" characterizing the Skipjacks’ advantage in turnovers (committing only 12 to Howard’s 30) "a key to the win."
Shaw said he was pleased with the Skipjacks’ 4-2 record, particularly since it was all achieved as part of a six-game road trip to start the season. Chesapeake hosts Mercyhurst North East College Saturday in its 2 p.m. home opener.
MC-Rockville 83, Chesapeake College 66
ROCKVILLE Derica Dickson scored a game-high 32 points and Melissa Weithman added 20 Monday night as Rockville improved to 3-1.
Kyra Ringgold (eight rebounds, five assists) scored a team-high 16 points while Tiara Whye notched a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Skipjacks. Jady Bell (12 points) and Kiki Pettiford (10 points, nine rebounds) also scored in double figures for the Skipjacks, who faced a 41-28 halftime deficit.
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