Focus on Sports
Well worth the wait

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2008

WYE MILLS – Two long waits came to an end as the Chesapeake College women´s basketball team held off visiting Prince George´s Community College, 46-39, Friday night.

The victory clinched the first winning season in head coach Lowell Shaw´s four-year tenure. It also gave the women´s basketball program its first winning campaign since 1993.

"That (a winning season) was the objective," said Shaw. "It was just a question of when it was going to happen."

The Skipjacks (13-7 overall, 8-5 Maryland JuCo) also extended their own record for most wins in a season. Chesapeake´s previous record for most wins was seven, set by the 1993 team and tied twice since, including two years ago by Shaw´s second team.

KiKi Pettiford, who had seven points and seven steals to go along with a team-high 14 rebounds, said the key to the Skipjacks´ season has been getting contributions from everyone.

"We work hard together and win through teamwork," said Pettiford. "We play defense, get steals and crash the boards."

Shaw, whose team had a 22-19 halftime lead, was most pleased by his squad´s man-to-man defense.

"We played probably our best defensive game of the season," said Shaw. "We didn´t do anything different – we just worked hard and played better team defense."

Tiara Whye posted a double-double for the Skipjacks with a game-high 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kyra Ringgold added nine points and five steals, while Charlene Lewis and Irene Turner each scored six points.

Tamika Jefferies was the only player in double figures for Prince George´s (12-12, 7-6), finishing with 10 points. Tiffany Reid added nine while Govannia Henderson and Tiffany Calloway scored seven each.

The Skipjacks host Frederick Community College Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Howard Community College Thursday at 6 p.m.

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