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Truth be told, HCC is hot

February 04, 1999

HCC vs. Anne ArundelBy BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




Lately, the Hagerstown Community College women's basketball team has been resembling that old television game show, "To Tell the Truth." On that show, different celebrities stood up and tried to fool the panel as to their real identity.

Wednesday night at the HCC athletic complex, it was sophomore Quitta Scott who stood up, but it was Anne Arundel who was the imposter.

Scott scored a career-high 21 points, and the Hawks used an early 19-4 run in the second half to outdistance the Pioneers, 77-57.

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Anne Arundel trailed by only five at the half due mostly to their very effective trap and run defense, but Scott and 6-2 center Molly Schoenberg dominated the boards during that run to give HCC (17-5, 11-2 Maryland JuCo) the win and keep it on the heels of league-leading Frederick. The Hawks face the Cougars Monday in Frederick.

Schoenberg had a game high 11 rebounds, and the Hawks held a whopping 44-18 advantage on the boards.

But more importantly for HCC, Scott was the third different Hagerstown player in the last three games to take control and rally their teammates to another important conference win.

"We are playing our brand of basketball, now," Scott said. "We are having fun and we are relaxed."

That description was certainly apropos to the style of play the Hawks exhibited in the first half. HCC could never quite pull away from the frisky Pioneers, who actually took the lead at the eight-minute mark on a 25-footer by Stacy Smith.

But the Hawks quickly tied the score on a power layup by Shay Bailey and took the lead for good on a Scott 7-footer in the lane. And during the hotly contested run before Hagerstown took control, the Hawks never seemed to act like a desperate team. Instead, they looked to the steady performance of guards Judy Zimmerman and Shanna Williams.

That look has been paying dividends as of late.

The improved play of the Hawks' guards have, in fact, been greatly responsible for the team's three-game winning streak. Wednesday, they combined for zero turnovers, a statistic that jumped out at coach Marlys Palmer.

"This was a great team game," Palmer said. " Our guards need to play this way every night. Turnovers can be a curse in any game and right now, we are handling the ball with great care."

Hagerstown held a double-digit lead for the final 15 minutes of the game and were never really threatened as Palmer worked with several playing combinations freely.

"We are staying on each other and it is making us better," Scott said of the vocal HCC bench. "When I hear them yelling for me, I know I owe them my best."

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