Skipjack women convert second chances into 10th win
Pettiford, Ringgold each score 27 as Chesapeake defeats Southern Maryland
WYE MILLS The Skipjacks believe in second chances and they got plenty of them during Friday night’s 84-69 women’s basketball victory over the visiting College of Southern Maryland.
"We just knew we had to go after every loose ball and attack more," said Kiki Pettiford, who scored 27 points including four baskets off offensive rebounds and pulled down 28 rebounds as the Skipjacks reached 10 wins for the first time in the program’s history.
"I think this might have been our best game on the boards," added Kyra Ringgold, who matched Pettiford’s 27 points and pulled down seven rebounds.
The Skipjacks (10-3 overall, 6-1 league) began play Friday night as one of six teams with one conference loss chasing undefeated Hagerstown Community College.
Chesapeake now starts the most challenging part of its schedule, beginning with Monday’s 6 p.m. game at Hagerstown and continuing with a 5 p.m. home game Friday against Cecil College. The Seahawks were 12-2, including 6-1 in Maryland JuCo, prior to a pair of non-league games this weekend in a tournament at the Community College of Rhode Island.
The first half of Friday’s CSM game featured four ties and eight lead changes, but the Skipjacks took control late in the first half thanks to their transition game. Chesapeake broke away from a 29-29 tie with a 14-2 run that featured transition layups from Ringgold, Pettiford, Jady Bell, and Tiara Whye.
Chesapeake, which had a 43-33 halftime advantage, opened the second half with a 9-4 run that stretched the lead to 52-37. Ringgold hit a 3-pointer during the run, which Charlene Lewis began with two free throws and ended by going coast-to-coast for a layup off a steal.
"We had to raise our intensity level," said Lewis after the Skipjacks bounced back from last week’s loss to Baltimore City Community College in their first post-holiday game. "I think we’re just getting back into it after the long break."
CSM got within eight points, but the Hawks (5-8, 2-4) could get no closer.
Whye scored 13 points to join Pettiford and Ringgold in double figures for the Skipjacks while Bell (nine points) and Lewis (eight points) just missed double-digits.
Chris Velez led CSM with 21 points. Chantel Hebron added 12 points and Tanya Sites scored 11 for the Hawks.
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