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HCC returns to winning ways

January 09, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Sophomore forward Jamie Robinson had a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds as Hagerstown Community College snapped a three-game losing streak Monday night, routing the College of Southern Maryland 89-57 in a Maryland JuCo Conference women's basketball game at the HCC athletic complex.

"That was nice to snap that three-game losing streak," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. "In the first half, we played pretty good basketball.

"We boxed out and rebounded well. We outrebounded them, 62-31. I thought that our defensive intensity was good. Offensively, we had nice balance tonight."

Robinson made nine of her 12 shots from the field. She scored 15 of her 22 points in the first half as HCC (13-3, 6-1) built a 50-21 halftime advantage.

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"When coach Palmer puts us on the floor, she can get things out of everybody," Robinson said. "It is not just two or three people. We don't play selfishly. Everybody touches the ball. All of us can do something. I think we played really well as a team. I thought everyone got a lot of things done tonight. If we continue to keep playing as a team like we are now, then we can go further."

Marisa Elliot had 17 points, six rebounds and four steals, while Samantha Cain scored 16 points for HCC. Latoya Buckner and Chrissy Minnick grabbed eight rebounds each, Heather Shaw had six rebounds and Sara Davidson had five assists for HCC.

Brittany Vines got 12 points and Sharmaine Robin had 10 points for Southern Maryland (8-5, 2-2).

HCC built a 16-3 lead during the first 4:47 of the game as Robinson made three straight baskets during that time.

After Southern Maryland narrowed the gap to 18-9, HCC responded with 18 consecutive points to increase its advantage to 36-9 with 8:42 remaining in the first half.

Southern Maryland outscored HCC 10-3 during the first 3 1/2 minutes of the second half to reduce the deficit to 53-31.

After that, HCC pulled away to victory.

"The only thing that we did wrong tonight was that we made 28 turnovers," Palmer said. "They scored a lot of their points off of our turnovers."

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