Hawks shoot down Falcons

February 14, 2002

Hawks shoot down Falcons

By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

HCC 80, Takoma Park 46

MONTGOMERY/Takoma Park (46)

King 0 0-2 0, Frazier 1 0-0 2, Seck 7 3-4 18, Ahure 11 1-3 26. Totals 19 4-7 46.


Gantt 2 0-0 5, Mason 0 0-1 0, Blevins 3 1-1 7, Pulieri 2 0-0 5, Taylor 3 0-0 6, Kline 3 0-0 6, Robinson 7 1-1 15, Whipp 1 0-0 2, Curley 7 1-2 15, Myers 5 0-0 11, Parsons 1 3-3 5, Fowlkes 1 1-2 3. Totals 35 7-11 80.

Halftime - HCC, 44-19. Three-point goals - Takoma Park 4 (Ahure 3, Seck), HCC 3 (Gantt, Pulieri, Myers).

All Hagerstown Community College women's basketball coach Marlys Palmer had to do was watch the Hawks for the first few possessions Wednesday to realize her team was in for a big night.

HCC's Robin Curley connected on her first three shots and the Hawks were on their way to an 80-46 trouncing of Takoma Park.


The Hawks broke away from the Falcons early, leading 44-19 at halftime. Curley and teammate Maggie Robinson finished with 15 points, overshadowing a 26-point effort by the Falcons' Amy Ahure.

"These games down the stretch are important for a number of reasons," Palmer said. "Tonight we showed a focus and a determination that is so important at this time of year."

Palmer said it's a determination any team needs to survive the season-ending tournaments that are a preliminary to the national tournament, which will be held at HCC in late March.

"Since our comeback in the Harford game, this team's intensity is much better," Palmer said. "We are focused. I feel very good about this group."

Against Harford just two weeks ago, the Hawks trailed by 14 points late in the game before rallying for a 91-87 win.

"That game produced a big change in the personality of this team," Palmer said. "Everyone plays together toward one goal."

Many teams wouldn't talk openly about such a goal, but that's not the case in the HCC locker room.

"We want to win it all, JuCo and the regions," freshman point guard Melissa Blevins said. "Our goals are high because our confidence is high. We have faith in each other's abilities. No one is nervous, we go out and do our jobs."

HCC (22-3, 11-2) completed their Maryland JuCo schedule, but will have to wait at least until the weekend to see where they will be seeded for the conference tournament at Garrett Community College.

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