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HCC players move up

April 26, 1999|By RON SOMERS / Sports Editor

The season is long over, but the Hagerstown Community College women's basketball team is still enjoying the fruits of its stunning seventh-place finish in the nationals.

All four of the Hawks' sophomores are headed to four-year schools with athletic scholarships, HCC coach Marlys Palmer said Monday.

Forwards Quitta Scott and La Shay Bailey are going to Virginia State, an NCAA Division II school in Petersburg, Va. Center Molly Schoenberg is off to Trevecca Nazarene University, an NAIA school in Nashville, Tenn., and guard Judy Zimmerman will attend Division II Clarion University in Clarion, Pa.

"It was the best basketball team we've ever had,'' said Palmer, who has coached at HCC for 20 seasons. She said it was the most players she's ever had receive full scholarships in one season.

The four said they enjoyed the past season at HCC, a season that saw the Hawks (27-8) win the Maryland JuCo and the Region XX championships before finishing seventh in the national tournament on their home floor.

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But all four are ready to move on in their lives.

"I'm ready to go because it's back home for me,'' said Scott, who hails from Farmville, Va.

Bailey, also from Farmville, is eager to play closer to her mother, who lives in Richmond, Va. She said her mom saw her play only once in two years. Now, she'll be only 20 minutes away.

Schoenberg, a former Herald-Mail first-team player at Chambersburg High, will be far from her family, but said she wanted to attend a Christian school.

Said Zimmerman, a Herald-Mail all-star while at James Buchanan High: "This is the first time I'll be away from my parents ... I'll enjoy it, too.''

That brought laughter from her and her former teammates.

Zimmerman plans to major in accounting, while Scott will study education, Bailey phys ed and Schoenberg health and phys ed.

They'll take plenty of memories of HCC with them.

"It was my favorite team ever,'' said Schoenberg, who was MVP of the JuCo tournament.

"And we beat Frederick,'' she added to the laughter of the others.

Palmer said each of the women had at least three college offers.

"They were seen by hundreds of recruiters,'' Palmer said. "It really opened up a lot of opportunities.

"What a way to end a great season.''

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