HJC women upset at state tournament

February 22, 1997


Staff Correspondent

ROCKVILLE, Md. - Beth Salley scored 24 of her 31 points in the second half Saturday to lift Anne Arundel to a 64-60 upset of the top-seeded Hagerstown Junior College women's basketball team in the semifinals of the Maryland JuCo Tournament at Montgomery College.

Anne Arundel (16-9) ended HJC's 15-game winning streak to move into the today's 2 p.m. championshp game against Frederick. The Cougars defeated Prince George's, 58-56, in the other semifinal.

HJC (22-7), which led 33-24 at halftime, built a 45-33 lead in the first nine minutes of the second half before the Pioneers used a 13-0 run take a 46-45 lead with 7:49 to go. Salley scored eight points, including two three-pointers, to pace the run.


"They were making some incredible shots," HJC coach Marlys Palmer said. "We made defensive adjustments today that did not work."

The lead seesawed until Anne Arundel jumped on top 61-60 with 2:10 left on a Salley 3-pointer. She hit six of her seven 3s in the second half.

Jen Jovan sealed the win with a pair of free throws to raise the Pioneers' lead to 63-60 with four seconds remaining.

Heather Aleshire led HJC with 22 points and 11 rebounds while Toni DeStefano scored 20 points.

"I think that my team played well," Palmer said. "But when a team is having an incredible shooting day, and if you don't match that shooting, then you're not going to win the ballgame. We were held to 60 points and that is 16 points below our average."

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