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Ringgold rallies Skipjacks past Rockville, 64-63

Monday, February 04, 2008

Guard Kyra Ringgold shot six free throws in the final 78 seconds, making five, as the Chesapeake College women´s basketball team rallied past Montgomery College/ Rockville, 64-63, Friday night. Ringgold finished with a team high 24 points as the Skipjacks (12-6 overall, 7-4 Maryland JuCo) avenged an early season, 83-66 loss at Rockville.

"I just take my time and concentrate a lot," said Ringgold of her foul-shooting success. "It´s hard to be under a lot of pressure like that."

"We definitely had the right person on the line at the end," said Chesapeake head coach Lowell Shaw of Ringgold, who finished 5-for-7 at the line compared to a combined 7-for-20 by the rest of the team. "She hit some very clutch free throws."

Ringgold hit two free throws with 54.2 seconds remaining to wipe out a 63-62 Rockville lead. The Knights had several chances in the last minute to go ahead, including a missed wing jumper by Tyisha Moten just before the final buzzer.

Ringgold´s free throws capped a frantic comeback by the Skipjacks, who trailed by 11 points with less than 10 minutes to play.

Tiara Whye capped an 11-0, game-tying run with a jumper that made it 50-50, only to see Rockville (11-10, 4-7) answer with seven straight points – the last four by Melissa Weithman (game-high 28 points). Once again, the Skipjacks chipped away, then won the game as Ringgold scored the final five points of the game at the line.

Charlene Lewis joined Ringgold in double figures with 10 points while Ebone Alsup (nine points) and Irene Turner (eight points) nearly reached double digits.

"This was a win we needed," said Chesapeake head coach Lowell Shaw. "I told them (the Skipjacks) in the beginning that if we played 100 percent all-out, by the end of the game our conditioning would make the difference."

So did the Skipjacks´ new-found depth. With Alsup and Turner once again eligible, the Skipjacks are an eight-player team that can get contributions from everyone.

"We used everybody and they all contributed. It was a win we needed," said Shaw, whose team hosts second-place Allegany (17-1, 9-1) Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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