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HCC women stand up to 'Jacks

January 22, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown Community College women's basketball team - ranked seventh in NJCAA Division II - took a hop, skip and jump over the Chesapeake Skipjacks on Monday night.

The Hawks jumped out to a 45-20 halftime lead and bounced Chesapeake 91-45 in a Maryland JuCo Conference contest at the HCC athletic complex.

The undefeated Hawks (17-0, 8-0) came in holding opponents to 50.6 points per game, and have allowed fewer than 50 points in eight game and fewer than 60 in 15.

"Anytime you can keep a team under 50 points during a game, that is good," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. "We are playing great as a team. We are so unselfish with each other and we share the ball. It is wonderful."

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HCC's Latoya Buckner finished with a double-double as she scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

"Coach Palmer always reminds the sophomores that their time is winding down," Buckner said. "I try to play every game like it is my last game. I thought we played with a lot of energy and a lot of intensity."

Alicia Myers scored a game-high 14 points and Teonna Jewell tallied 12 points for HCC. Veronica Wheeler scored all 11 of her points in the second half, while Shuashanna Faulkner had eight rebounds and three blocks.

Myers had six points in the first 5:37 of the game as HCC raced out to a 12-2 lead. Chesapeake reduced the deficit to 14-10 until Jewell had eight points in a 10-0 run to expand their lead 24-10 with 8:38 remaining in the first half.

"Overall, I think we are playing well," Buckner said. "We're happy to be 17-0, but like Alicia tells the rest of the team, 'We always want more.'"

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