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HCC clanks its way to win over Allegany

January 05, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

When a basketball team gets 91 shots from the floor, it should expect to come out on the better end of the score.

However, when that team only makes 26 of those shots, a victory can hardly be counted on.

The Hagerstown Community College women's basketball team watched shot after shot bound away as Allegany College chipped away at what was once a 15-point Hawks lead.

In the end, HCC got the job done from the free throw line, holding off the Trojans for a 64-58 Maryland JuCo Conference victory Wednesday at the HCC athletic complex.

"We overcame a poor shooting night," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. "I think that our 16 steals and our 61 rebounds helped us overcome that poor shooting. It's also because we got 91 shot attempts."

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The Hawks (10-4, 2-2) certainly won't hang their hats on their 29 percent shooting effort. They were not stellar from the foul line either, making 10 of 18 (55 percent) on the night. But freshman point guard Marisa Elliot made 3 of 4 in the final 80 seconds of the game to help HCC seal the win.

HCC took its biggest lead at 29-14 with 4 minutes, 9 seconds remaining in the first half. But Allegany (3-7, 1-4) managed to reduce the deficit to 31-22 by halftime.

The Hawks were still on top by a 61-52 margin with 2:31 to go in the second half. But the Trojans got the next five points to cut the lead down to 61-57 with 1:21 left in the game.

"We were trying to mix up our defenses a little bit," Allegany coach Jerry Rice said. "We were trying to throw them off. We are going to use this game as a measuring stick. We will see where we are when we play them again in five weeks."

Cristi Bartlett had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Heidi Stull had 12 points for the Hawks. Elliot added 11 points and seven rebounds, Lindsey Plotner and Chrissy Minnick each had 11 rebounds and Jamie Robinson grabbed nine rebounds.

Lacy Rohrbaugh had 22 points and Livi Beveridge had 16 points and six rebounds for the Trojans, who converted just 8 of 22 free throws.

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