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HCC women rip Howard for 13-0 mark

January 10, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

Of all the games Hagerstown Community College sophomore Alicia Myers has played, she struggled to remember one that started better than Wednesday night's affair with Howard.

Few would be able to point out a better beginning.

Myers scored 12 of the first 14 points for the Hawks, who built a 39-point halftime lead and rolled to a 93-57 Maryland JuCo victory, their record 13th straight win to open the season.

The 5-foot-7 Myers scored 19 points in the first half and finished with a season-high 22. She went 8-for-10 from the floor and hit all four of her 3-point attempts.

"Teams see that she's small, and maybe she doesn't get as much respect," said Hawks coach Marlys Palmer. "She came out and showed that you have to account for her. It doesn't matter whether she's 5-foot-5 or 6-10, teams have to deal with her."

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Myers hit her first six shots to set the tone for the Hagerstown, which hit 21 of 36 shots (58.3 percent) in the first half. The Hawks (13-0, 4-0) went on a 22-0 run - spanning just 2 minutes, 32 seconds - and staked a 27-3 lead with 15 minutes left in the first half.

From that point, Palmer substituted for her starting five about every five minutes. All 12 players on the roster scored at least one point in the first half. The Hawks led 54-15 at the break.

"That was far better than any other (half) this season," said Myers, who also tied a career-high scoring mark. "The intensity was there the whole time. We were hitting our shots and the defense came together."

Cara Thompson finished with 10 points, LaToya Buckner nine points, eight rebounds and five steals, and Teonna Jewell dished out 10 assists as the Hawks put up a season-high score.

Reserve Alex Baker had 16 points, while twin sisters Veronica and Valentina Wheeler each scored eight. Tiffani Porter had six rebounds.

The Hawks, ranked seventh in the latest NJCAA Division II poll, won 12 games to open the season last year before suffering their first blemish. Now, the Hawks are halfway toward running the regular-season table.

"I think it's a little better this year because we have such a good team. Every single player contributes and plays a role," said Myers, member of last year's squad. "We're really happy with what we've achieved, but we want more."

Amanda Schwartz scored 25 of her game-high 27 points in the second half for Howard (6-8, 2-5). Jannelee Klipsteen added 21 points and nine rebounds.

ยท The HCC men erased a 19-point first-half deficit only to fall in the final minutes against Prince George's, 94-90.

Kelvin Bright led all scorers with 36 points - 29 in the second half - to fuel the Hawks comeback. Bright hit a 3 with 9:52 remaining to give Hagerstown a 63-62 lead - its first lead since 6-5 in the opening minutes.

But the Owls answered with a 9-2 run and led for the rest of the game.

"What killed us was their rebounding," said Hawks interim coach Ryan Devlin. "In the first two minutes of the second half they had about five or six offensive rebounds and that was how it was for the game."

Prince George's finished with 19 offensive rebounds, but the Hawks (11-4) pulled to within one point twice after losing the lead. But the Owls had an answer to each Hagerstown surge and hit 9 of 12 free throws down the stretch, including a pair off a technical foul called on Devlin with 32 seconds remaining, to take a 90-84 lead.

"That got the momentum on their side," Devlin said. "I felt my guy (Sheridan Price) got fouled and I reacted. I'll take that on my back."

Will Taylor had 16 points and John Long added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Hawks. Price chipped in with nine off the bench.

Eric Vann had 28, Tauvon Pettiford had 26 and Robert Spencer added 18 for Prince George's (9-5).

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