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Unbeaten Hagerstown runs past Skipjack women
Seventh-ranked Hawks score 34 points on breakaways to key 91-45 win

HAGERSTOWN – Lowell Shaw wasn’t sure if he had just witnessed a women’s basketball game or a track meet.

"They consistently beat us down the floor," said the Chesapeake College coach Monday night after unbeaten Hagerstown ran past his Skipjacks, 91-45. "They had 17 breakaways for the game. That’s 34 points they scored just beating us down the court. That was our first experience playing against a press and we didn’t handle it very well."

The Hawks, ranked seventh in the country in NJCAA Division II, also showed off their impressive depth. Jenna Jewell scored a game-high 15 points and teammate Alicia Myers added 14 as 12 different players scored for Hagerstown (17-0 overall, 8-0 Maryland JuCo).

"They’ve got a lot of players and they’re all fundamentally sound," said Shaw of the Hawks.

Chesapeake (10-4, 6-2) came into the game needing a win to tie Hagerstown atop the league standings with one loss. The Skipjacks stayed close early, trailing only 14-10, but Hagerstown responded with a 14-4 run and never looked back.

Hagerstown had a 45-20 lead at halftime.

Kyra Ringgold (12 points), Charlene Lewis (11 points, six rebounds), and Yaasmiyn Finlayson (10 points, six rebounds) were the double-digit scorers for Chesapeake. The usually explosive Kiki Pettiford finished with 11 rebounds, but was held to five points after picking up three fouls in the first 10 minutes.

The Skipjacks host Cecil College Friday night at 5 p.m. Chesapeake then hosts Allegany College of Maryland in a 7 p.m. men’s basketball contest as part of a women’s/men’s basketball doubleheader.

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