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HCC women run out of town

March 10, 2001

HCC women run out of town



By BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

Frederick 73, Hagerstown 55



HAGERSTOWN (55)

Bachtell 5 2-2 12, Middlekauff 4 8-12 16, Curly 1 3-4 5, Russ 5 7-9 17, Tucker 0 1-3 1, Fowlkes 1 2-4 4. Totals 16 23-34 55.

FREDERICK (73)

Thomas 6 2-4 15, Luckett 7 2-4 17, Wilson 3 1-2 7, Bowers 1 0-0 2, Jobe 2 2-2 6, Branson 7 2-3 16, Point 1 0-2 2, Melline 4 0-2 8. Totals 29 9-19 73.

Halftime - Frederick 40, HCC 26. Three-point goals - Frederick 2 (Thomas, Luckett).



FREDERICK, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College women's basketball team had a trip-tick, specifically for a drive to the Region XX final.

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The Hawks planned to ride the brake all the way to victory. Unfortunately, their foot slipped off halfway through the game.

HCC's plan to slow the tempo of the game hit a roadblock, as top-seeded Frederick Community College turned up the pace and turned the Hawks into a roadside casualty in a 73-55 victory Saturday in the tournament semifinals at FCC.

The Hawks controlled the game for the first 11 1/2 minutes, then the Cougars switched into the speed lane. Between rebounds, steals and hustling for loose balls, Frederick found high gear with a 12-5 run for a 27-22 lead.

"They were just rebounding and releasing people down the floor," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. "I don't have a tally sheet, but if you look at their fast breaks, it probably was the difference in the game. At halftime, that's where we thought all the damage was coming from."

Frederick (25-6) held a 40-26 lead at the half and never let HCC (19-9) within single digits the rest of the game. The Cougars made a living out of pulling missed shots off the backboard before turning and firing halfcourt outlets to start 2-on-1 fast breaks.

"Vennece (Fowlkes) got two fouls early and we took here out of the game," Palmer said. "Jade (Whipp) went in and gave it her all, but she couldn't match up sizewise."

For Frederick, the trip to today's final against the College of Southern Maryland was an inside job finished in speedy fashion.

"We got a good contribution from our post players," Frederick coach Jack Mehl said. "I told the players what we needed to do was rebound, play defense and shoot foul shots."

Brooke Russ led HCC with 17 points and Emily Middlekauff had 16 before a scary incident with 3:06 remaining. Middlekauff was accidentally hit by teammate Robin Curley's elbow and suffered a whiplash injury. She was transported to the hospital for precautionary measures.

 

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