Timeout costs HCC women

January 07, 2000|By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

Although it is a little late in the holiday season, the Lackawanna women's basketball team was determined to write yet another ending to that Christmas classic starring Ebenezer Scrooge.

This time, however, it was the Hagerstown Community College Hawks, who abandoned the spirit that spotted them to a nine-point lead with just over seven minutes remaining, gave away the game on an errantly called timeout 46-44 at the HCC athletic complex last night.

For Hagerstown to have had that timeout, it would have to have been a gift from Christmas past - and Lackawanna was not in the giving mood.

The resulting technical foul put the Falcons' captain and emotional leader, Jenna Macciocro, on the line with a solitary second remaining.


She deftly dropped both shots. Macciocro finished with a game-high 13 points, but none were bigger than those last two.

"She wanted the ball at the end of the game," Lackawanna coach Mike Bartoletti said. "She is a big time player and it showed."

Several minutes after the game it was still unclear which Hawk on the floor called for the timeout when none remained. The game officials said at least three did so, but in any event, one thing was clear, Hagerstown dropped its second game this season.

And the outcome could have easily been different.

"It looks as though we are going to suffer through this to build character," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. "We played tenative in the second half ... there was a real lack of effort and execution."

Although the Falcons' Bartoletti did his best Bob Cratchitt imitation, he was nothing but smiles as he reflected on Lackawanna's late metamorphosis from a team that fell behind and stayed there for a full 25:59 to a most unlikely winner.

"This team showed character and heart," Bartoletti said. "We don't do it pretty, but we've been doing it this way all year. I'll take it and let's get out of here."

But the Falcons' second-half surge was not all done with smoke and mirrors. Although HCC led by as many as nine points three different times, the Falcons always stayed within a comfortable striking distance, twice coming back to trail by only two. And Bartoletti patiently used his full-court pressure only when he felt it was a last chance.

"We are not a pressing team," he said. "Latonya Ransom did an excellent job for us defensively tonight."

A Macciocro layup with just under 40 seconds left set up the dramatic last few seconds.

"We are afraid to be challenged," Palmer said of the Hawks. "Right now ,we are playing far below our ability level."

HCC fell to 9-2.

In the first game, Mitchell Community College defeated Garrett 90-65 behind a sterling 32-point performance by the Pequots' Sarah Craft.


Lackawanna 46, HCC 44

Lackawanna (46)

Macciocro 13, Flynn 1, Drake 9, Pearson 6, Nicoletto 7, Grgenda 10. Totals 16 13-22 46.

HCC (44)

Tucker 2, Miller 2, Mason 1, Fischer 7, Zeger 2, Ferguson 7, Fisher 9, Rector 8, Williams 6. Totals 15 10-15 44.

Halftime - HCC, 18-12

Three-point goals - HCC 4 (Fisher 3, Williams), Lackawanna 1 (Macciocro).

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