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Hawks fly by Anne Arundel CC

January 21, 1997

By JACK HILL III

Staff Correspondent

On paper, it was supposed to be a competitive Maryland JuCo Conference women's basketball game.

Instead, Hagerstown Junior College turned it into a blowout, running away with an 86-44 victory over Anne Arundel Community College Monday night at the HJC athletic complex.

Freshman guard Toni DeStefano helped the Hawks set the tone early, scoring 14 points as HJC (10-6, 6-1) took a 25-14 lead 131/2 minutes into the game.

Towards the end of the first half, sophomore forward Heather Aleshire scored seven straight points as HJC stretched its lead to 34-16 with 3:03 remaining.

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The Hawks put the Pioneers away by scoring the first 12 points of the second half to increase their advantage to 51-23. Kim Reid and DeStefano had four points each for HJC during that spurt.

"I think that we played really good," DeStefano said. "I believe that our team is starting to come together very well. When the coach told us in the locker room before the game that they were undefeated in the conference, that gave us a spark. We were just out to prove that we can play with the best teams. We are going to be tough to beat."

DeStefano finished the evening with 23 points, nine assists and six rebounds. DeStefano went 5-for-8 from 3-point range. Aleshire collected 29 points, 16 rebounds and six steals. Reid added seven rebounds, McGee had six assists and Carrie Craft blocked three shots.

"What I am most pleased with is that we have now played three consistent ballgames in a row," HJC coach Marlys Palmer said. "What we wanted to do tonight against Anne Arundel was to try to beat them at their own game. We knew that they liked to press, jump and run. We just decided that we were going to take it to them. We pressed them for just about the whole game and I thought that we were very effective."

"We played real good defense," Palmer added. "Our defense forced them to make 25 turnovers. They didn't score in the second half until the 15:44 mark. I think that we have been playing better team basketball. We have been passing the ball better and we have done a better job of working the ball inside."

Point guard Jill Smith led Anne Arundel (9-4, 4-1) with 12 points.

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