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Myers sinks shot at buzzer as HCC remains undefeated

December 11, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Sophomore guard Alicia Myers made a shot at the buzzer and the undefeated Hagerstown Community College women's basketball team avoided an upset with a 59-57 Maryland JuCo Conference victory over Rockville on Monday night.

The score was tied 57-57 when HCC (10-0, 2-0) got possession of the ball with 7.6 seconds remaining. Teonna Jewell dribbled down the court and passed to Myers, who immediately put up the shot as time expired.

"I was watching Teonna and, all of a sudden, I saw the ball coming towards me," Myers said. "I just wanted to shoot it. Teonna found me. I feel that I needed to redeem myself, because I could have won it on foul shots if I didn't miss them."

Jewell had the final seconds planned as she brought the ball up the court.

"I wanted to use as much clock as I could and get one shot off," Jewell said. "If I couldn't take it, then I could find one of my teammates. I looked up and saw Alicia coming right down the middle. I knew I didn't have a shot. So, I gave it up to her. It definitely feels good to be undefeated. It helped to have everybody's head in the game. We didn't lose focus."

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Rockville (4-5, 0-4) led 52-43 with 9 1/2 minutes left. The Hawks, who are ranked seventh in the NJCAA Division II, outscored the Knights 16-5 the rest of the way.

After Jewell made a pair of baskets to put HCC on top 57-55 with 1:53 left, Rockville's Derica Dickson, who scored a game-high 23 points, made a pair of free throws with 1:40 remaining to tie the score at 57-57.

The Knights had a chance to win it, but the shot clock expired on them with 7.6 seconds left.

That set the stage for Myers' game-winning basket.

"Defense wins games and it showed tonight," Myers said. "We brought up our intensity and that created turnovers for them, which led to baskets for us."

Cara Thompson had 19 points and eight rebounds, while Myers scored 15 points for HCC. Jewell added five assists and seven rebounds, while Latoya Buckner grabbed nine rebounds for the Hawks.

"I'm just really proud of the way that our team played, because we were staring a loss right in the eye," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. "We got the defensive stops that we needed to have. It was a great defensive effort that we had to come back and win the game."

Center Tyisha Moten pulled down 16 rebounds and Melissa Weithman added 16 points for Rockville.

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