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Hawks sweep away opposition

November 23, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown Community College basketball teams took two different routes on the way to a doubleheader sweep on Monday night at HCC.

In a pair of Maryland JuCo contests, the HCC women went wire-to-wire in the opener to defeat Prince George's Community College 52-50, while the men followed with a methodical 111-83 over Anne Arundel Community College.

· Hawks women's coach Marlys Palmer is small in physical stature but she wielded a highly effective message just 53 seconds into the second half with the Hawks trailing, 28-24.

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Not one player on the Hawks (2-2, 1-1 JuCo) team said a word as Palmer emphatically voiced her opinion as the team appeared to not be on the same page as the coach.

Down 26-24 at the break following a back-and-forth first half, a quick Prince George's basket angered Palmer into a quick 90-second timeout.

"I was tired of what I was looking at and that's what I told them," Palmer said. "I wanted to see the eye of the tiger in them. There was no communication and we had too many turnovers."

Erika McDavid responded with two free throws, Veronica Johnson hit one and Dee Brown followed with a rebound putback and the Hawks were on top 29-28 just 80 seconds later.

"From that point on I saw no panic whatsoever from them," said Palmer. "They got out and played the game."

Both teams went through scoring droughts and the Hawks did not put together their longest scoring streak - six unanswered points that erased a 45-43 Prince George's lead - until there were just two minutes left.

Johnson hit a two and after a pair of missed free throws by PG's Ashley Gibson, McDavid scored for a 47-45 lead followed by a basket from Christine Ennis. Johnson hit two free throws with 28 seconds left and Ennis split a pair of tosses with 12 seconds left to seal the win.

Brown led the Hawks with 14 points, McDavid chipped in with 12 and Ennis had 11, while Johnson and McDavid each had 10 rebounds. The Hawks held a 49-45 margin on the boards.

"We weren't together early and we didn't give up," Ennis said. "Coach told us at that time out to quit making excuses and get out and get it done. That fired us up."

· The city connection combined for 54 points to lead five players in double figures for the men against Anne Arundel.

South Hagerstown graduate David Miner had 17 points and North graduates Clif Carey, Bernard Harris and Marshall Branch had 14, 13 and 10 points, respectively. Derek Fields added 11.

The Hawks (4-2, 2-0 JuCo) hit 38 of 77 shots from the floor and 24 of 33 from the line during a foul-infested affair in which 58 personal fouls were called. Anne Arundel (2-4, 1-1) went to the line 50 times and converted 33.

"We've got players on this roster and we get them out there in the first half," said Hawks coach Kenny Keyes. "Then we can see who is here to play in the second half."

With less than nine minutes in the first half, HCC held a four-point margin before going on a quick eight-point spurt which included a pair of baskets by Carey, the last on a transition basket off an assist from Miner. The burst gave the Hawks a 30-18 lead on the way to a 56-42 halftime advantage.

The Owls reduced their deficit to 73-65 at the halfway mark of the second half, but HCC broke the game open on a 3-pointer by Miner and two more long-range missiles by Brian Collins for an 82-65 lead.

"We've got to go full tilt ... can't hold anything back," said Keyes. "I'm happy with the start to the season. We lost to two tough teams (Allegany and Owens)."

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