HJC women win 10th straight

February 05, 1997


Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown Junior College women's basketball team came out and dominated the Catonsville Cardinals, building a 45-22 halftime lead Wednesday night on the way to a 95-55 victory in a Maryland JUCO Conference game at the HJC athletic complex.

Since losing its only conference game at Frederick on Jan. 13, HJC (17-6, 11-1) has won 10 straight contests.

Sophomore forward Heather Aleshire, who recently became the first HJC woman to score 1,000 career points, had 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Hawks to victory.

"It was a good victory," Aleshire said. "I think that we kind of played a little bit sluggish, but we won and that's what matters. I think that we are playing great as a team on the whole. Hopefully, we can continue to be on a roll with all of these wins. Our main goal is to just keep winning and to keep playing together as a team."


Toni DeStefano had 17 points, seven assists and five steals, while Georgette Palmer added 12 points and seven rebounds. Marisa Hardy grabbed 13 rebounds, Kim Reid added seven rebounds and four steals and Carrie Craft blocked four shots.

All 11 players made at least one basket to contribute to the Hawks' high-scoring performance.

"We needed a game that was easier," HJC coach Marlys Palmer said. "We have been through a tough stretch of games recently. With the exception of tonight, all the rest of our 10 wins during our winning streak have been hard-fought victories."

Marcia Lavin had 23 points and seven rebounds, while Shirley Kemp added 13 points and 14 rebounds for Catonsville (4-9, 4-7).

"I think that our players have made a tremendous improvement since the beginning of the year," Palmer added. "I think the players have developed more confidence in each other. They are playing their individual positions very well. We have also had the emergence of an inside game. Kim Reid, Carrie Craft and Marisa Hardy have really stepped it up on the inside for us."

Aleshire scored nine points and DeStefano added eight to enable HJC to build a 19-4 lead during the first six minutes of the game.

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