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Cain is Valentine's candy for HCC

February 15, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown Community College women's basketball team wasn't the best of Valentines on Tuesday.

The Hawks broke the College of Southern Maryland's heart.

Freshman Sam Cain scored 15 of her game-high 21 points in the second half to shoot the arrow at Southern Maryland in a 66-62 victory that moved the Hawks into the quarterfinals of this weekend's Maryland JuCo Conference tournament.

By winning the play-in game, seventh-seeded HCC (18-9) advances to face the host and No. 2-seeded Cecil on Friday at 2 p.m. It also gave the Hawks a measure of revenge against Southern Maryland.

"It was a huge victory, because we lost to them down there by four points," Cain said. "I sat the on bench during the last game, because I had a sprained right ankle. I came out ready to play today. I had some extra time to shoot around before the game."

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Cain had four 3-pointers and three steals to pace the victory.

HCC led 61-60 heading into the final minute of play when Cain came up with a steal at the :52 mark and cashed it in with a 3-pointer 15 seconds later to give HCC the four-point lead and turn it into a two possession game.

Southern Maryland's Christina Simms scored with 20 seconds remaining to cut it back to a two-point deficit. Jamie Robinson capped the victory by sinking a pair of foul shots with 14 seconds remaining.

Southern Maryland missed three shots in the last 10 seconds.

HCC's Cristi Bartlett had 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Robinson added 10 points and nine rebounds and Requita Davis dished out eight assists.

"Samantha Cain definitely gave us an offensive spark," Palmer said. "It was good to have her back shooting well. It was the best shooting performance that she had in a while. That opened some things up for us. That helped our inside game."

Brittany Vines had 19 points and eight rebounds for Southern Maryland, while forward Shannon Wilson added 14 points, including four 3-pointers. Christina Simms had 14 points and six rebounds, while Kalee Smith added 10 points and nine rebounds for Southern Maryland.

"We switched to a man-to-man defense in the middle of the second half and Cain got open for a couple of baskets," Southern Maryland coach John Mitchell said. "She is a good shooter."

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