But for a Lady Hawks team that dropped their last two, the performance of the defense and the second-half awakening of an offense that had gone south recently was refreshing to coach Marlys Palmer.
"There just isn't much competition in between the tough teams like we faced last week and now." Palmer said of the Hawks, who kept their JuCo record unblemished at 7-0. "But we needed this so we could regain some of the confidence we lost in our perimeter game."
With a 30-21 lead at the half, HCC got the ball rolling from post to perimeter as Ebony Rector and Williams helped the Hawks pull away. Williams finished with a game-high 18 points and Rector hit her first four shots of the second half.
* In the men's game, a smothering man defense by HCC created numerous turnovers that quickly became "turn-ins" for points, as the Hawks overcame a lackadaisical first half to scorch the light-shooting Red Devils.
Baltimore could not overcome a 23-0 run by HCC over a five-minute span in the second half, when Brian Williams and David Covington did most of the damage. Williams dominated the paint on both ends of the court while powering in eight points, and Covington had his way around the perimeter, scoring eight of his 12 points during HCC's big run. Williams finished with 13. Delvin Anderson led HCC with 17.
"We came out in the second half and played our defense the way it was supposed to be played." HCC coach Jim Brown said. "We capitalized on the turnovers, and the defensive pressure finally wore their guards down."
Hagerstown 79, Baltimore 34
Smith-Jackson 9, Valentine 13, Dinkins 10, Davis 2. Totals 12 10-19 34.
HAGERSTOWN C.C. (79)
Tucker 10, Mason 9, Russ 4, Fischer 9, Zeger 9, Ferguson 2, Fisher 7, Rector 11, Williams 18. Totals 32 8-18 79.
Halftime - HCC, 30-21. Three-point goals - HCC 7 (Williams 2, Mason 3, Rector, Fisher).
Hagerstown 99, Baltimore 65
Baltimore C.C. (65)
Swain 3, Valez 18, Mason 10, Butler 18, Smith 6, Jefferson 10. Totals 26 8-15 65.
HAGERSTOWN C.C. (99)
Williams 13, Hoffman 2, Dancy 6, Tabron 13, Roland 2, Anderson 17, Roberson 5, Nesbitt 3, Greene 3, Wilson 7, Dukes 10, Michael 4, Covington 12. Totals 40 8-15 99.
Halftime - HCC, 36-25. Three-point goals - HCC 8 (Tabron 3, Anderson 3, Roberson, Greene). Baltimore 5 (Valez 3, Butler 2).