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Palmer hopes for a golden 25th year

November 06, 2003|by JACK HILL III

Entering her silver anniversary season as the Hagerstown Community College women's basketball coach, Marlys Palmer is counting on a largely local lineup to return the Hawks back to the upper echelon of the Maryland JuCo Conference.

"Last season was a disappointing season," Palmer said. "Even though we had a final record of 16-12, we didn't have a strong showing in the Maryland JuCo Conference last year. We were seeded ninth in the Maryland JuCo Tournament. That is an uncharacteristic place for us to be in. I just think that this year's team wants to do better than that."

Three sophomores - forward Alicia Romero (Gettysburg, Pa.), guard Kristy Long (Greencastle, Pa.) and forward Marquita Polhill (Waynesboro, Pa.) - return from last year's team, while sophomore guard Eariel Gholson (Smithsburg) joins the squad as a transfer from Iowa Western Community College.

The six freshmen consist of point guard Dee Brown (Broadfording Christian Academy), forward Angela Orsini (Musselman, W.Va.), center Jackie Hamilton (Williamsport), guard Veronica Johnson (Hampton, Va.), center Priscilla Myers (Boonsboro) and guard Gina Harshman (Linganore).

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"Our starting lineup is up in the air right now," Palmer said. "Dee Brown, Eariel Gholson and Alicia Romero are pretty solid in the starting lineup right now. The other two spots are up for grabs."

Palmer said that HCC will be strong in the backcourt.

"I think that we're going to be pretty quick," Palmer said. "We have got some pretty good guards. We don't have a lot of size, but I think that we can make up for that with strength and quickness.

"We would like to take advantage of our quickness. In order to do that, you have to be in shape. So, we have been working hard on our conditioning. We are pretty fit. We might be in the best shape of any team that I have ever had."

Palmer, who has a 431-267 record in her 24 seasons at HCC, is impressed with the work ethic that her team is showing during the pre-season practices.

"The players are working hard," Palmer said. "They are really showing a lot of desire of wanting to do well and I like that."

The Hawks will open up their season at home Saturday at 3 p.m. against Lehigh Carbon.

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