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HCC keeps finding right offense in JuCo

February 01, 2001

HCC keeps finding right offense in JuCo



By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent
photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer


HCC over Anne ArundelHagerstown Community College women's basketball coach Marlys Palmer wouldn't be blamed if she would have hung out a "help wanted" sign before last night's game with Anne Arundel Community College.

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Her Hawks were going into the game dragging a season long offensive slump with them that was practically kicking and screaming behind a string of late season injuries that begin to take a toll on most teams at this time of year.

Forward Vennece Fowlkes was still feeling the effects of the flu while guard Brooke Russ struggled with a seperated shoulder. Throw in the shin splits and a few turned ankles, and the Hawks looked like a team wanting to survive rather than win.

What next?

Try a third straight blowout of a JuCo opponent as Robin Curley answered Palmer's plea with 19 points in a 64-23 rout of the Pioneers. HCC raced out to a 31-7 halftime lead and then eased home.

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The win gives HCC (13-7, 7-4 JuCo) another notch in its belt in another game where they basically got caught with their proverbial pants down on offense.

"We know we struggle as a team on offense," Curley said. "I have missed many opportunities myself, so tonight, I felt I owed my teammates my best effort."

Curley's effort was a good one, as she powered in HCC's first seven points. The freshman finished perfect at the foul line and shot 62 percent from the floor.

"We made some changes on our game plan tonight - one highlighting Robin's athleticism," Palmer said. "She posted up well and she played pumped up all night."

But the Hawks, a talented collection of prolific offensive juggernauts, struggled again as a team, hitting only 27 of 86 from the floor, a trend that has Palmer puzzled.

"We have never really been in this spot before," Palmer said. "Our coaches are almost at a loss to tell them what to do to correct it."

But the Hawks are getting the good shots as they run their offenses well and snap passes to the open lane with pinpoint efficiency. The shots just don't fall.

"That is it exactly," Palmer said. "The shots are there - it is a case of performance anxiety, I guess."

So for now, HCC will continue to do what it has done well all year-play defense and make breaks on the offense.

"We refuse to dwell on missed shots. These kids are all able to play," Palmer said. "We have great guards who can make things happen. We just need to get in the habit of finishing every phase of our game."

HCC 64, Anne Arundel 23



AACC (23)

Fold 2 0-0 4, Martin 4 3-8 12, Parker 1 0-0 3, Werner 2 0-0 4. Totals 9 3-8 23.

HCC (64)

Bachtell 3 1-5 8, C. Tucker 2 0-0 4, Middlekauff 4 0-1 8, Whipp 4 1-2 9, Curley 7 5-5 19, Russ 3 2-2 8, T. Tucker 0 0-2 0, Fischer 1 0-0 2, Fowlkes 3 0-0 6. Totals 27 9-17 64.

Halftime - HCC, 31-7. Three-point goals - HCC 1 (Bachtell), AACC 2 (Martin, Parker).

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