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Cards close HCC opener

November 30, 2000

Cards close HCC opener



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

Catonsville over HagertstownEveryone may have 15 minutes of fame in their life, but the Hagerstown Community College women's basketball team had 14 minutes to forget in its season opener Wednesday night.

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The Hawks built a 10-point lead with just over two minutes left in the first half against CCBC-Catonsville, but their run of anonymity cost them a 55-48 decision in the Maryland JuCo Conference.

With two minutes, 21 seconds to play in the first half, Hagerstown (0-1) led 26-16. With 8:48 to go in the game, it trailed 43-31 - a 27-5 run.

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"We got outplayed," Hagerstown coach Marlys Palmer said. "They played great defense. I felt that the major factor in the second half was that their pressure defense caused us to turn the ball over. It was a tough game for an opener. We haven't had a chance to see the team in any kind of competitive situation. Catonsville had an advantage, because it had already played three games."

Catonsville center Candi Jeffery finished with game-high totals of 12 rebounds and 12 points. Jeffery had nine of those rebounds and eight of those points during the second half.

"We just concentrated on allowing them just one shot," Catonsville coach Marc Ershler said. "We didn't want to give them any second shots. Candi Jeffery was awesome. She is a great rebounder. She knows her job and she just went out and did it."

Forward LaTanya Eldridge added 11 points and nine rebounds, while guard Joy Hyman scored 11 points for the Cardinals.

Ershler, who is in his second year as head coach at Catonsville, gave credit to his team's defense.

"We just work real hard on defense in every practice," Ershler added. "We talk about setting the tone on defense. We just got out of the passing lanes and played real smart and hard defense."

Center Amy Fischer had 11 rebounds and 11 points, forward Brooke Russ added 10 points and eight rebounds and point guard Rachel Bachtell had 10 points and four assists for Hagerstown.

Catonsville 55, Hagerstown 48


CATONSVILLE (55)

Smith 0 1-2 1, Moore 2 3-4 7, Hyman 5 1-2 11, Pattik 1 0-0 2, Eldridge 5 1-2 11, Scott 0 2-2 2, Kilgalen 4 0-0 9, Jeffery 6 0-0 12. Totals 23 8-12 55.

HAGERSTOWN (48)

Mason 0 2-2 2, Bachtell 3 2-4 10, Petry 1 0-0 2, Middlekauff 1 2-2 4, Curley 1 2-2 4, Porter 1 3-6 5, Russ 5 0-3 10, Fischer 5 0-0 11. Totals 17 11-19 48.

Halftime-Hagerstown 26, Catonsville 20. Three-point goals-Catonsville 1 (Kilgalen). Hagerstown 3 (Bachtell 2, Fischer).

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