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Area roundup - HCC women improve to 9-0

December 02, 2007

·WOMEN'S HOOPS SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - Shawayna Morel scored 13 of her 16 points in the second half to lead Hagerstown Community College to a 71-63 victory over Clark State Community College on Saturday.

Morel shot 60 percent from the floor for the game and hit four buckets in a row - including a rare 3-pointer - to spark the Hawks in a second-half run.

"I can't say enough about that girl. She has a refuse-to-lose attitude," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. "She set the tone today and the team followed. She gave us everything we needed when we needed it."

The Hawks (9-0) took the lead late in the first half and never relinquished it, but Clark State (6-1) kept it close with the outside shooting of Natalie Melzer (22 points) and Justi Harris (14 points) and the strong post play of Alexis Scott (19 points).

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But Harris, Clark State's point guard, fouled out with six minutes remaining in the game and HCC leading by four. The Eagles couldn't keep their offensive flow with Harris out of the game, Palmer said.

"Between (Harris) and Melzer, they were shooting very well. We were throwing every defense at them we could think of," Palmer said. "We went back to a zone in the second half to put some pressure on them. It didn't work in the first half, but I think maybe it took their legs from them."

Morel finished with 10 rebounds and seven steals, while Cara Thompson had 10 points and eight rebounds. Teonna Jewell had 14 points, seven assists and four steals and Alex Baker had 10 points.




·YOUTH LEAGUES

Washington County Middle School Basketball

Sixth grade

St. Mary 21, Smithsburg 19

St. Mary: Niklas Steiner 15.

Smithsburg: Matt Sprecher 11.




· BRIEF

Hagerstown Jr. Basketball tips off this week

The Hagerstown Junior Basketball League will begin its season in both divisions in the next week.

The Elementary Division, which features fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders, tips off its 45th season with two games Monday at Western Heights Middle School. Robinson and Robinson faces Weller's at 6:30 p.m., followed by Larry Allen and Home Care.

The Junior Division, featuring seventh- and eighth-graders, will begin its 60th season next Sunday at 1 p.m. at South Hagerstown High School. Members of the Washington County delegation will present a proclamation from the state of Maryland in honor of the league's 60th anniversary. Members of the Hagerstown City Council, the Washington County Commissioners and the Washington County Board of Education also will be on hand.

Three regular-season games will be played following the ceremonies, with Senior Notes playing PTL, Hagerstown Lions against Funkstown Legion and Western Enterprise against Knights of Columbus.

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