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HCC women continue roll

January 30, 2001

HCC women continue roll



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


After the first week in January, the Hagerstown Community College women's basketball team only had a 4-5 overall record and a 2-2 Maryland JuCo record.

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Since then, the Hawks have won eight of their last 10 games, which includes five of their last seven conference games.

That run has improved HCC's overall record to 12-7 and its conference record to 7-4.

The Hawks' latest victory was a big 79-47 win over the Cecil Seahawks on Monday night in Maryland JuCo action.

Brooke Russ scored a team-high 16 points, while Candice Tucker came off of the bench to add 14 points for HCC. Emily Middlekauff and reserve Naomi Mason had 10 points each.

"The team hustled really good," Middlekauff said. "When we have a good offensive output, it means that our team is working hard on its defense. The improvement that we have made since the beginning of the season has boosted our confidence. I think that we have started to play up to our potential. We have come together on defense and that helps to set the tempo for the rest of the game."

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Amy Fischer grabbed 12 rebounds, while Russ added nine rebounds and four assists for HCC. Robin Curley added eight rebounds and six blocked shots, while Middlekauff also had eight rebounds. Rachel Bachtell had seven rebounds and four assists, while Mason added five steals and five assists.

"Our guards really carried us tonight," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. "They converted quite a few layups. We caused a few turnovers and then we scored in transition."

It didn't take HCC long to build a big advantage as it held a 36-18 halftime lead. Overall, the Hawks outrebounded the Seahawks, 59-29.

Crystal Rogers scored 23 points, while Tara Coursey added 12 points for Cecil.

HCC 79, Cecil 47



CECIL (47)

Rogers 9 3-3 23, Saunders 3 0-0 6, Staehli 2 0-0 4, Coursey 4 3-6 12, Fraipont 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 6-9 47.

HAGERSTOWN (79)

Mason 4 0-0 10, Kline 2 0-0 4, Bachtell 1 0-0 3, C. Tucker 6 1-1 14, Middlekauff 5 0-2 10, Whipp 2 0-0 4, Curley 2 0-2 4, Russ 8 0-0 16, T. Tucker 3 0-1 6, Fischer 3 2-2 8. Totals 36 3-8 79.

Halftime - Hagerstown 36-18. Three-point goals - Cecil 3 (Rogers 2, Coursey). Hagerstown 4 (Mason 2, Bachtell, C. Tucker).

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