Hawks land seven recruits in women's hoops

June 13, 2006|by BOB PARASILITI

Marlys Palmer recruited for the Hagerstown Community College women's basketball team almost as if she was ordering from a Chinese restaurant menu.

She got her fill of talent by taking one from Column A, one from Column B and one from Column C to whet her appetite for the 2006-07 season.

Palmer landed seven recruits and got all the requirements - some players from the local area, someone to fill every position on the team and, maybe most important, size.

"What I'm most excited about is that we got a player for every position," Palmer said. "We especially needed a point guard. But we got probably two of the best players coming out of Washington County and we got someone to play the post."


This recruiting class opens a wide array of options.

HCC started by signing Smithsburg's Teonna Jewell and South Hagerstown's Sade Williams. The Hawks continued their sweep through the Tri-State area by picking up Alicia Myers from James Buchanan, Martinsburg's LaToya Buckner and Berkeley Spring's Heather Shaw. Then came Shavaughn McKenney from Virginia Beach (Va.).

But maybe the hidden jewel of the recruiting class is Kelsi Bergman, a 6-foot-5 center from Tussey Mountain (Pa.).

"Bergman gives me some size that I have never had before," Palmer said. "She will be fun to watch develop. She is young and has only played two years of ball, but we have seen some big players come into the conference and develop to get D-I scholarships. It's exciting because you can't coach 6-5."

A player of Bergman's size can only help to open up the outside for players like Jewell and Williams.

"Jewell is the point guard we needed," Palmer said. "It will be a test because we will have a freshman at the point. Williams is versatile and can do a lot. She can shoot and she can rebound. She has a great vertical jump."

Jewell was a second-team All-Area selection after averaging 12.8 points and three assists per game for the Leopards. Williams was a second-team selection on the MVAL Antietam team.

Myers was a first-team All-Area player, finishing as the sixth leading scorer in the Tri-State with a 15.8 average. The 6-0 Buckner was a second-team performer in all-area basketball and was a first-teamer in girls track. Shaw was scheduled to come to HCC last year, but didn't attend school last year.

"Myers was a prolific scorer at JB," Palmer said. "Buckner is a great athlete. She can run the floor, penetrate and score in a lot of different ways. Shaw is 5-11 and shoots well from a variety of spots. We can use her to post up on the inside."

Palmer said McKenney is similar to Williams with her versatility.

The seven newcomers will be blending with six returning players to give HCC a vastly different look.

"Everyone returning has some starting experience from last year," Palmer said. "The big test for us will be a freshman at point guard."

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