Frederick women get last rally to knock off HCC

January 20, 2000|By JACK HILL III

FREDERICK, Md. - It was a game of "Can You Top This."

Everytime the Hagerstown Community College women made a run, Frederick Community College matched it. Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Cougars matched it one too many times.

Frederick got that final burst down the stretch to get past the HCC 78-71 on Wednesday night in a Maryland JuCo Conference basketball game.

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"It was a strange game," Frederick coach Jack Mehl said. "It looked like that both teams were tired. We haven't played in 10 days."


Hagerstown (12-4, 8-1) was holding a 61-60 lead over Frederick (15-4, 7-0) with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

The Cougars countered with a 18-10 flurry in the final 10 minutes to pull out the victory. Power forward Ebony Bowers scored eight of her 18 points in the final rally for Frederick to go with her 11 rebounds.

"I thought that Ebony Bowers played very well down the stretch," Mehl added. "She got some key baskets and some key rebounds. We were basically sticking with our game plan during the whole game. We like to create stuff off of our defense and that was when we were the most successful. When we made a lot of steals, that got our transition game going."

Point guard Dani Thomas scored 19 of her 23 points in the first half for the Cougars. Thomas also had six assists and five steals. Dishawn King had 13 points and five assists, while April Brooks added seven rebounds for Frederick.

"I don't think that you can have 28 turnovers and beat Frederick," Hagerstown coach Marlys Palmer said. "They converted a lot of layups off of our turnovers. Frederick capitalized off of our mistakes."

Brooke Russ came off of the bench to score 24 points, 14 rebounds and four steals for the Hawks. Russ was 10-for-15 from the foul line. Ebony Rector scored 12 points, while Tia Ferguson added 11 points and nine rebounds for Hagerstown.

"Shanna Williams, Tia Ferguson and Stacey Zeger were all in foul trouble during the first half," Palmer said. "We played the last five minutes of the first half without a true point guard on the floor. We missed Shanna Williams' ballhandling skills when she was on the bench in foul trouble."

Hagerstown had come back from a 49-36 deficit in the early part of the second half to go on top 61-60 with 10 minutes left. Russ scored eight points and Ferguson had six points for the Hawks in the run.

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