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Six Hawk women commit to schools

August 12, 2000

Six Hawk women commit to schools



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


Six athletes from the women's basketball and volleyball programs at Hagerstown Community College are making the move to four-year colleges this fall.

Five basketball players who helped HCC to the Maryland JuCo tournament and Region XX tournament titles as freshmen and second place in those tournaments as sophomores will head south to continue their collegiate careers.

Guard Ebony Rector has gone from a torn ACL in her freshman year to a full ride at Division I University of Richmond of the Colonial Athletic Association.

"When Ebony was recovering from her ACL injury, she was just starting to play really well," HCC basketball and volleyball coach Marlys Palmer said. "Obviously, her progress got interfered with because of her knee surgery. In the long run, that has helped her. I believe that she is mentally tougher now. She has a better understanding of the game and the work ethic that is needed to be successful."

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North Hagerstown graduate Cathy Parson, an associate head coach at Richmond, believed in Rector enough to convince head coach Bob Foley to give her a chance at Richmond.

"Ebony has all of the skills that are necessary to compete on the Division I level," Palmer added. "She can dribble, pass, shoot and run. Ebony's conditioning and her work ethic will help her to continue to be successful at Richmond."

Forward/center Stacey Zeger has received a full ride to Bluefield (Va.) State, an NAIA school. Palmer said Zeger gained 15 pounds in muscle during her stay at HCC.

"All you have to do is look at where Stacey was at the beginning of her freshman year and at the end of her sophomore year," Palmer said. "She has improved a lot with her upper body strength. She has gotten a lot better with her free throw shooting and her offensive post moves. Stacey is definitely a competitor."

Point guard Shanna Williams is headed to Division II Winston-Salem (N.C.)

"Shanna has lots of speed and athleticism," Palmer said. "She developed into a really nice point guard over her two years here. She had not been a point guard in high school. We felt that in order for her to be recruited by a four-year school, she needed to move from the 2-guard over to point guard."

Forward/center Tia Ferguson has narrowed her choices down to two Division II schools: Winston-Salem and Virginia State. Ferguson was MVP of Region XX as a freshman and is the career rebound leader (670) at HCC.

"If she can continue that pace, then she is on her way to getting more than 1,200 career college rebounds," Palmer said. "Whichever one of those two schools recruits her, they will be getting a tremendous athlete."

Guard Ros Fisher will be heading to Division III Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va..

"Ros Fisher is a great worker and a good 3-point shooter," Palmer said. "She is a good team leader."

Katie Baker will continue her volleyball career at D-II UNC-Pembroke. Baker led the Hawks to the Region XX Tournament championship as a freshman and a berth in the national tournament.

"Katie Baker almost single-handedly got us to the national tournament in her freshman year with her serve," Palmer said. "Her serving performance during the Region XX Tournament in her freshman year was one of the most outstanding performances that I have ever witnessed."

Baker was an NJCAA First Team All-American as a sophomore, leading the nation in aces per game (1.33) and ranking in the top 10 in kills per game (3.5).

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