HCC men, women run away with wins

February 07, 2002

HCC men, women run away with wins


Hagerstown Community College's Jim Brown knows there are two halves in a basketball game for a reason.

"The second half is always the one you want to take over in," HCC's longtime coach said.

It's a good thing, too. The Hawks sure didn't make the first impression is a lasting one against Montgomery-Takoma Park. It took an intermission full of soul-searching for Anthony Thompson to take over the backboards and Jay Wingate to play tide-turning defense to lead HCC to a 90-69 win at the school's athletic complex.

"The game was too close after the first half," said Wingate. "We were out there playing 'jetlag' defense and they were getting too many open shots."

HCC had an almost-fortunate 33-31 lead after 20 minutes against a Takoma Park team that resembled pipe cleaners compared to the Hawks' bulk. Yet Montgomery gummed up HCC's offensive flow, got to loose balls and worked for uncontested shots.


"We were lazy in the first half and we came in and talked," Thompson said. "We tried to come out and give a show for the crowd in the second half."

Thompson started with aggressive work on the offensive glass and combined with Jernavis Draughn to score 14 of HCC's points in a 16-4 run to open the second half for a 49-35 lead. When Draughn wasn't scoring, he was providing the passes to set up Thompson.

Wingate did his part by spearheading HCC's full-court man press, which put Takoma Park in a bind with its eight-man roster. It opened the floor for Yohannes Gebreyesus to score 30 of Montgomery's 69 points, but he had little help.

Takoma Park got only as close as 12 the rest of the way.

Thompson finished with 20 points while Draughn and Darius Hargrove had 12 each for HCC. Mark Jennings added 11 and Kiki Picard added 10 off the bench.

"We let them control the game in the first half," Brown said. "They had six to eight baskets that were uncontested. Wingate's pressure on the point turned the game. We didn't shoot well tonight, but it was a game to check you team and it's emotions."

HCC 76, Chesapeake 21

The HCC women's team needed all its bench scoring to knock off Chesapeake.

Coach Marlys Palmer gave her starting five the night off as the seven Hawk players with the least playing time faced Chesapeake, a team with just five players on its roster. Autumn Parson took advantage of the extended playing time to notch 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead HCC to the easy victory.

"This was a chance for the players to get a lot of minutes," Palmer said. "We emphasized execution and didn't want them to let down. We ran a lot of sets and our transition but called off the press. We wanted them to run to keep up their fitness."

HCC jumped out to a 16-2 lead and coasted to a 42-16 halftime advantage. The Hawks (19-3, 9-2) were coming off a comeback victory over Hereford on Tuesday.

Marquiela Gantt and Becky Pulieri opened up the second half with a number of steals to turn the second half into a dress rehearsal. HCC scored the first 10 points of the final 20 minutes and held Chesapeake to just five points in the second half.

Ashley Mason added 12 points and 11 rebounds while Gantt finished with 14 points and five steals. Pulieri had 12 points and Mandy Myers had 10. Keena Hawkins led Chesapeake with 14 points.

HCC men 90
Montgomery-Takoma Park 69


Fawehinmi 1 1-2 3, Blackman 3 0-0 7, Jackson 230-0 6, Varfley 3 0-0 7, Sharper 3 0-0 6, Scott 3 2-2 10, Gebreyesus 13 0-2 30. Totals 29 3-6 69.


Wingate 2 0-0 6, Hargrove 5 0-0 12, Jennings 5 1-3 11, Draughn 5 2-3 12, Thompson 8 4-6 20, Walker 1 0-0 2, Minor 1 0-0 2, Picard 4 0-0 10, Kittelberger 3 0-0 6, Braxton 0 0-0 0, Bennett 1 0-0 2, Goodman 3 1-2 7. Totals 38 8-14 90.

Halftime - HCC 33, Takoma Park 31. Three-point baskets - Takoma Park 8 (Gebreyesus 4, Scott 2, Varfley, Blackman), HCC 6 (Wingate 2, Picard 2, Hargrove 2).

HCC women 76
Chesapeake 21


Hawkins 5 1-3 14, Pyle 3 1-2 7. Totals 8 2-5 21.


Gantt 7 0-0 14, Mason 6 0-0 12, Pulieri 6 0-6 12, Kline 4 0-0 8, Whipp 12-4 4, Myers 5 0-0 10, Parson 5 6-9 16. Totals 34 8-19 76.

Halftime - HCC 42, Chesapeake 16. Three-point baskets - Chesapeake 3 (Hawkins 3).

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