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Howard can't duck Hawks

February 07, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

It was nearly over before it began.

Hagerstown Community College built a 37-2 lead over in the first 12 minutes of the game Monday and went on to a convincing 102-33 win over the Howard Dragons at the HCC athletic complex.

Hawks coach Marlys Palmer started the Hawks' second team, but that didn't matter as the Hawks (15-9, 6-7) dominated Howard the entire game.

"It gave us a chance to break a three-game losing streak, all conference losses," Palmer said.

"We just wanted to have this as a week where we can get our confidence back. It gave me a chance to play everybody."

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HCC went up 12-0 in the first 3:12 of the contest. After Howard (0-15, 0-11) scored to break one string, the Hawks started another, scoring 25 unanswered points to get its 37-2 advantage.

By halftime, HCC's lead was 56-12.

Freshman forward Erika Williams collected 24 rebounds and 17 points for HCC. Cristi Bartlett and Chrissy Minnick scored 14 points each, while Samantha Cain, Requita Davis and Heidi Stull added 13 points apiece.

The Dragons got all 33 of their points from just two players. Lisa Libertini scored 20 points and Dominique Jerry got 13 points for Howard.

"Hagerstown executed its offense well at all times," Howard coach Tiffany Stewart said. "Their second string was just as good as their first string. They could just constantly bring in fresh people. They definitely used their numbers to their advantage."

HCC is in ninth place in the conference and completes its regular season this week with games at Frederick on Wednesday and at home against Allegany on Friday.

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