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Potomac State uses line to sink HCC women

November 12, 2002|by JACK HILL III

Potomac State showed it could draw the line with its aggressive style.

Then the Catamounts were able to toe that same line to cash in on their opportunities.

Potomac State scored nine of its final 15 points from the foul line to pull out a come-from-behind 80-75 win over Hagerstown Community College on Monday night in a Region XX women's basketball game at the HCC athletic complex.

"We have got some kids that have got some quickness," Potomac State coach Gary Liston said. "We were able to attack the basket and we talk about that every day. If you attack the basket, then you are going to be able to go to the free throw line. After that, it is a matter of whether you make the free throws."

Potomac State (2-0) was able to make 22 of its 35 free throws in the game.

"We sent them to the free throw line 35 times," Hagerstown coach Marlys Palmer said. "We had more field goals than them. But we committed some costly fouls out there. They were able to get a lot of trips to the free throw line."

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During the see-saw battle, Hagerstown (1-1) had the lead for the last time at 66-65 with 5:20 remaining. The Catamounts put on a 15-9 run to close out the game and seal the win.

"That was a huge win for us, because Hagerstown has got a great program," Liston said. "We have got a young team, since Bethany McCarty was the only sophomore starting for us.

"I told our players at halftime to cut down on the turnovers and make the free throws. We hit some big free throws at the end and that definitely won the game for us."

McCarty scored 20 points, while Erika Alt added 17 points for Potomac State. Crystal Dixon got 12 points, while Katherine Clark had 11 points for the Catamounts.

Kristy Gaines topped HCC with 20 points. Amanda McGhee added 16 points, including four 3-pointers, and four steals for the Hawks. Alicia Romero had 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.

"The game got away from us in transition," Palmer said. "They were much quicker up and down the floor than what we were. We gave up a lot of easy buckets. They were getting their layups in the transition game."

Potomac State held a 44-40 lead the half.

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