Focus on Sports
Chesapeake College sets new school win mark
Monday, December 17, 2007
TAKOMA PARK It´s not even Christmas, but the Skipjacks have already set a new school record for women´s basketball victories.
Chesapeake College routed host Montgomery College/Takoma Park, 65-33, Saturday afternoon as the Skipjacks notched a school-record eighth victory. Kiki Pettiford (19 points, eight rebounds) and Irene Turner (13 points, nine rebounds) led the way as the Skipjacks broke the game open by building a 33-10 halftime cushion.
The Skipjacks (8-2) recorded their fifth straight victory and sixth win in the last seven games, marking the most successful stretch of basketball in Lowell Shaw´s four years as head coach.
"When I started the program four years ago, the objective was to build a program that would enable us to win consistently," Shaw said. "I knew it was going to take a while.
"First, we had to build some credibility since the college hadn´t been fielding women´s basketball teams on a consistent basis," continued Shaw. "Then we had to get some players who were interested in coming and capable of helping us improve the program. We´ve been able to get better and better players, and now we´re seeing the results."
One of the most satisfying aspects of the building project, according to Shaw, is that more and more local players are taking part.
"Local players account for more than half of our team, and they´re all contributing," noted Shaw.
Tiara Whye (Kent County High) and Fatima Calloway scored nine points each for the Skipjacks. Kyra Ringgold (North Caroline High) and Jady Bell (Easton High) added eight and five points, respectively. Charlene Lewis (Kent Island High) only scored two points, but led the team with 11 rebounds and six steals.
"Charlene played another outstanding game," said Shaw. "She´s consistently improved throughout the season."
The Skipjacks finished the game with a 61-38 rebounding advantage.
Jillian Morrison was the lone bright spot for Takoma Park, scoring a game-high 20 points.
While the Skipjacks have put together the program´s most successful stretch in at least 30 years, Shaw did offer a caution.
"We definitely have the tough part of our schedule ahead of us," said Shaw. "As things turned out, we´ve spent the first half of the season playing teams that have not been winning consistently. We spend most of the second half of the season playing teams that have been consistent winners this year."
Chesapeake 91, Anne Arundel 35
WYE MILLS Kyra Ringgold scored a game-high 22 points one of three Skipjacks to score 20 or more in Friday night´s romp as Chesapeake overwhelmed the Pioneers.
Skipjack Charlene Lewis scored 21 points and pulled down a team-high 22 rebounds, while Irene Turner finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
"Charlene had a monster game," said Chesapeake head coach Lowell Shaw said of the guard from Kent Island High. "Her role is really not to score, but she was getting points from the outside and driving to the basket. She really leaves it all out on the floor."
Ebone Alsup scored a career-high 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Skipjacks, who raced to a 40-17 halftime lead. Jady Bell scored 10 points while Yaasmiyn Finlayson contributed four points and seven rebounds.
Leah Campbell scored 21 points to pace the Pioneers.
Chesapeake finished with a 58-41 rebounding edge and committed only five turnovers to 25 by the Pioneers.
"We took really good care of the ball," said Shaw.
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