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Lady Hawks split

February 10, 2003|by JACK HILL III

The Hagerstown Community College Hawks broke open a close game with Anne Arundel by outscoring the Pioneers 16-1 during the first 5 1/2 minutes of the second half.

That helped the Hawks get to a 73-45 win over the Pioneers late Saturday night in a Maryland JuCo Conference women's basketball game at the HCC athletic complex.

Sunday afternoon, HCC was victimized by a 68-point second half in a 105-62 loss on the road to Potomac State.

"I thought during the first seven minutes of the second half Saturday, we were running the floor really well," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. "That was some of the best transition that I have seen all year. We also did a good job with defense and rebounding. It all starts there. We only committed nine turnovers, while forcing 33."

HCC (14-10 overall, 8-5 conference) was ahead by nine over Anne Arundel (3-13 overall, 3-7 conference) at halftime, 34-25. With the 16-1 scoring spurt to start the second half, the Hawks increased their advantage to 50-26.

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Sophomore power forward Autumn Parson scored six points for HCC during that stretch. Parson ended up scoring 10 of her team-high 12 points during the second half.

"The coach wanted us to go through a rotation with the starting lineup," Parson said. "We started three new girls tonight just to give them a chance to get recognized and get experience on the court."

Palmer has been giving everybody on the team a chance to start at least one game this year.

"At the start of the second half, we went right back to our regular starting lineup," Parson added. "Things started clicking then, because we are used to each other out there on the court."

Marquiela Gantt scored 11 points and Nicole Brown got 10 points for HCC. Tiffany Tucker added nine rebounds and nine points.

"I thought that our team did a good job," Palmer added. "I was also happy that we had everybody scoring."

Kim Davis had 17 points and six assists Sunday against Potomac State, which led at the half, 37-31.

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