Low & behold: HCC is 15-0

January 17, 2008|By BOB PARASILITI

Beauty may be in the eyes of the beholder, but there are even times when the beholder has to shy her eyes away.

Behold Hagerstown Community College women's basketball coach Marlys Palmer, who can aptly spot a diamond, no matter how rough it is.

Rough is probably the kindest way to describe HCC's 60-47 victory over Baltimore City Community College on Wednesday. The beauty of it all was that the Hawks benefited from the loose play and still kept their record spotless through 15 games and their No. 7 national ranking intact.

"I'll take the responsibility for the ugliness of this game," Palmer said. "It was my subbing. We looked good in stretches, but I used a lot of people and substituted a lot and we ended up looking choppy at times."


At times, George Clooney had smoother sailing in The Perfect Storm.

HCC showed why it's undefeated early, running out to leads of 11-0 and 25-6 through the first 12 1/2 minutes of the game. The Hawks got into a flow and got everyone in the game to build the early lead.

Baltimore, playing with just six players, took away the effectiveness of HCC's press to slow the tempo and gain a measure of control in the game. The Panthers put together a 9-2 run, led by five points by Brianna Glover, to move within 27-15 before settling for a 31-17 halftime deficit.

"I just needed to let some other players in to play," Palmer said.

"I could have stayed in with my main group and crank it up to get a prettier score, but it would have been at the expense of getting the other players into the game," Palmer said.

HCC came out in the second half and re-established itself on the strength of three baskets by 6-foot-3 Shuashanna Faulkner, who led the Hawks with 12 points, and a 3 by Alicia Myers for a 9-0 run in the first three minutes for a 40-17 lead. Faulkner scored on two inside moves and a breakaway fastbreak layup to reignite the Hawks.

"She has really come around. I can't say enough about her play," Palmer said of Faulkner. "She has been playing physical, scoring and running the floor. Teonna Jewell played well and Latoya Buckner probably played the most physical game of her life."

HCC continued to rotate its lineup, sometimes substituting five players at a time for the rest of the game, giving up continuity for game experience.

The Hawks led by as many has 24 points midway through the second half and had more than enough cushion to hold on as Baltimore ran off a 9-2 run to end the game and tighten the final deficit to 13 points.

Faulkner added six rebounds to her 12 points while Jewell finished with 11 points along with four steals and five assists. Buckner finished with nine points. Glover led all scorers with 18.

"I was proud of the way the team played," Palmer said. "All in all, we did what we needed to do."

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