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Allegany tops HCC women

December 12, 1998|By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

There was more than a little sense of history last night as the Hagerstown Community College Lady Hawks prepared to take on the Allegany Trojans.

HCC coach Marlys Palmer and ACC coach Linda Mellon go way back. Mellon and Palmer played against each other in high school twice each year. They became teammates briefly at Penn State, but the sense of rivalry stayed strong.

So it was no surprise to either coach when the upstart Lady Trojans jumped quickly on perennial power HCC and then strode away with a 57-48 win. To Mellon, the game was proof that Allegany(4-1) is ready to rock the existing power structure in the JuCo. While to Palmer, the game was a testament to the fact that the Hawks (3-1) have little concept of how badly most teams want to beat them.

"We lacked confidence in ourselves, and we played intimidated,'' Palmer said of the Hawks, who led less than four minutes total in the game. "Nothing we did was very effective tonight."

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The most obvious Achilles' heel for Hagerstown was its ice-coldshooting. Often, the bigger Hawks had position and got three to four shots underneath only to miss them all. As the frustration built for HCC, the Trojans were careful to take high percentage shots and only broke on top by more than five points with a mere four minutes to go in the game. The Hawks shot just 22 percent from the floor, 1-for-24 from 3-point range. HCC hit only 6 of 15 from the free-throw line.

"This was a big, big win for us," Mellon said. "If you remember last year, they drubbed us good ... twice."

But this year, it was obvious the Trojans had a plan. Mellon emphasized the position game in the paint, especially with Allegany's 6-2 center Amy Stafford hampered by recent surgery. And although HCC's Molly Schoenberg used her physical size to power in 22 points, the Hawks cold shooting overall haunted them the entire game.

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