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Gaines capitalizes in HCC opener (Sunday)

November 11, 2002|BY JACK HILL III

The women's basketball team at Hagerstown Community College opened up its season on a positive note Saturday night, beating the Essex (N.J.) Wolverines 66-52 at the HCC athletic complex.

"I thought that it was a great team effort," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. "Everybody performed their roles well. I just thought that we played hard. We are not real organized yet. We didn't execute that well on offense. But we really worked hard on defense. We just won this game, because we played hard."

Six-foot-two sophomore center Kristy Gaines collected team-high totals of 19 points and 11 rebounds for Hagerstown. Gaines played at Southern Mississippi two years ago after graduating from East Coweta High School in Georgia.

"I'm very excited," Gaines said. "I think that we played like a team and that is the main goal that we are trying to accomplish. I'm just trying to help my team. That is what they needed for me to do tonight: score and rebound. I feel that I can play a little better. I missed a lot of easy shots. I think that we played well. There are a few things that we need to work out. I think that we can go a long way."

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Palmer said Gaines really helped the Hawks out on the inside.

"I think that Kristy Gaines brings a little maturity to this team," Palmer said. "I think that she had a calming effect on us when she was out on the floor."

Nicole Brown got 10 points and five rebounds, while Alicia Romero added nine points, five rebounds and four steals for HCC. Ashley Mason had eight rebounds and three assists for the Hawks.

Gaines scored 11 points during the first half to help HCC build a 34-24 halftime lead.

Hagerstown 66, Essex 52

ESSEX (N.J.) (52)

Bellinger 3 2-4 8, Brewington 8 1-2 18, Barnes 2 0-0 4, Goosby 8 2-4 20, Vaughn 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 5-10 52.

HAGERSTOWN (66)

Romero 4 1-1 9, McGhee 1 3-4 5, Gantt 1 0-0 2, Mason 3 0-0 6, Polhill 1 0-1 2, Long 4 0-1 8, Brown 3 4-6 10, Parson 0 0-4 0, Tucker 2 1-2 5, Gaines 7 5-5 19. Totals 26 14-24 66.

Halftime - Hagerstown, 34-24. Three-point goals - Essex 3 (Brewington, Goosby 2).

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