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HCC women pull away in second half to win opener

November 05, 2007|By JACK HILL

It took the Hagerstown Community College women's basketball team nearly a half to get its offense going.

Once the Hawks got it going, they kept it going to defeat the Prince George's Owls 62-44 on Saturday afternoon in their season opener at the HCC athletic complex.

Over a seven-minute span, the Owls outscored the Hawks 11-3 to take a 19-11 lead with 5:53 remaining in the first half. Quite often during that stretch, the Hawks didn't follow their shots and made numerous turnovers.

The Hawks began their comeback by going on a 9-2 run for the rest of the first half to reduce the deficit to 21-20 at halftime.

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After that, HCC outscored Prince Georges 12-4 during the first six minutes of the second half to build a 32-25 lead. Sophomore guard Alicia Myers, who played at James Buchanan High School, scored 10 of the Hawks' 12 points during that span.

"In the second half, defense created our offense," Myers said. "It was a whole team effort. We came out in the second half with a press and that kind of gave us momentum. Their turnovers scored points for us. I credit all of my baskets to teamwork and unselfishness. Everybody was passing the ball and looking for the open person."

HCC coach Marlys Palmer was thankful that Myers got hot at the right time.

"Alicia Myers picked a good time to start hitting, because we really needed it," Palmer said. "She did a good job of drawing fouls to get to the free throw line. Then, she made her free throws."

The Hawks extended their lead to 42-28 with 10:57 to go in the second half.

The Owls sliced the lead to 43-36 with 9:11 left in the game. But that would be as close as Prince George's would get.

Myers made five of her seven shots from the field and all eight of her free throws to finish with a team-high 20 points. Myers scored 17 of her 20 points in the second half.

Cara Thompson collected nine points and seven rebounds, while Shawayna Morel added eight points and four steals for the Hawks. Teonna Jewell had five assists and four steals, and Latoya Buckner added eight rebounds and four blocked shots for HCC. Shuashanna Faulkner, who is a 6-foot-3 reserve center, also blocked four shots for the Hawks.

"Our halftime adjustments worked pretty well," Palmer said. "We changed our press up. We adjusted our half-court zone a little bit up. That seemed to give them some trouble. When we put Faulkner in, it seemed to clog up the middle. She blocked some shots and she took away their inside game. Our shots started to fall in the second half."

Joretha Berger scored 21 points, Tamika Jeffries had 14 points and Tameka Procter had seven rebounds for the Owls.

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