Skipjack women ousted from state tournament
Chesapeake concludes best season in program's history by winning 15 games
ARNOLD Chesapeake College’s most successful women’s basketball season in school history came to an abrupt end in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals.
Second-seeded Allegany College of Maryland defeated the seventh-seeded Skipjacks, 73-45, Saturday afternoon at Anne Arundel Community College. Melissa Ford scored a game-high 20 points and teammate Kasey Kahl added 14 as the Trojans moved on to the tournament semifinals.
"They were more athletic than we were, they had more bodies than we had, and they beat us in the transition game," said Chesapeake head coach Lowell Shaw, who only suited up six players for the contest.
Kyra Ringgold scored 17 points to lead the Skipjacks while Kiki Pettiford contributed eight points and a team-high 17 rebounds. Ebone Alsup (nine points, five rebounds) and Yaasmiyn Finlayson (seven points, 10 rebounds) also played well for the Skipjacks, according to Shaw.
Chesapeake, which had never won more than seven games in any previous women’s basketball season, finished with a 15-9 record. That record included a first-round playoff victory over the College of Southern Maryland.
"You have to be pleased with that kind of success, but you never want to be satisfied," said Shaw, who completed his fourth season as head coach. "We do have to recognize we have come a long way. We hope to have four or five players coming back next season and expect to supplement them with a high-quality freshman class."
Shaw said the players’ consistently strong effort is what he will remember about this team.
"Our girls just played hard every single game," said Shaw. "No one gave more effort than we did, and I don’t think any team was in better physical condition."
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