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For HJC women, 13 is lucky number

February 13, 1997

By JACK HILL III

Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown Junior College women's basketball team clinched at least a tie for the regular-season championship Wednesday night, defeating Allegany, 77-66, at the HJC athletic complex.

HJC (20-6, 13-1) recorded its 13th win in a row and can clinch sole possession of the regular-season title Friday with a victory against Cecil Community College.

The Hawks won six regular-season championships during a nine-year period from 1983-91.

HJC freshman center Kim Reid led the way with 15 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

"I think that we have come together as a team a lot since the beginning of the season," Reid said. "I think there has been a tremendous amount of improvement. Our success has come from a total team effort. All of the players have stepped up and contributed in different ways."

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"Other teams have a hard time keeping up with us, because we can go to anybody on the bench and still have the same amount of success," Reid added. "I think that we have a very good chance of doing well in the playoffs, if we continue to work hard and stay together as a team."

Heather Aleshire added 18 points, 10 rebounds and three steals, while Toni DeStefano had 15 points and three steals. Carrie Craft added nine points and three blocked shots, while Georgette Palmer had four blocked shots.

The Hawks missed from everywhere in the first half, shooting just 21 percent.

"Tonight's game was winning ugly," HJC coach Marlys Palmer said. "We shot the ball real poorly as a team. We tried to force some shots. Our press kept us in the game. It allowed us to create steals and we scored layups off of them."

The Hawks shot much better in the second half and finished shooting 37 percent for the game.

Jennifer Knieriem led Allegany (12-10, 9-7) with 24 points. Jennifer Twigg added 22 points. Kristina Davidson added 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Jeanna Mallery had 12 rebounds.

HJC scored the game's first six points and led 16-11 with 12:19 remaining in the first half. The Hawks then closed the half with a 26-16 run for a 42-27 halftime advantage.

HJC took its biggest lead at 63-38 with 11:26 to play. Allegany managed to slice the lead to 72-64 with 1:46 left, but the Hawks held off the rally.

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