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A loss is a loss but HCC goes about it with a strange outing

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February 25, 2008

ARNOLD, Md. - Marlys Palmer couldn't believe her eyes.

"I have never seen anything like this before," said the Hagerstown Community College women's basketball coach.

And she would care if she ever sees it again.

The top-seeded Hawks suffered an offensive breakdown - well, everyone but Latoya Buckner - as they fell apart and dropped a 59-42 decision to Garrett Community College in the semifinal round of the Maryland JuCo Conference tournament on Sunday.

Buckner finished with 29 points - 69 percent of HCC's offense - including 19 of the Hawks' 24 points in the second half. She hit on 12 of HCC's 14 baskets, including all eight of the team's in the second half.

"Garrett came ready to play and we just got frustrated," Palmer said. "Latoya had an all -American day, but we turned the ball over 21 times."

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Garrett, the No. 4 seed, began asserting control at the midway point of the first half. The Cougars used turnovers and rebounding to slow the tempo and keep HCC on the defensive end of the floor.

"There were times when Garrett would shoot and get the rebound. It would force us to be playing defense on three consecutive possessions," Palmer said.

HCC had eight players score two points or less, including five who were shut out. Point guard Teona Jewell managed one point and Cara Thompson went scoreless.

Buckner hit 12 of 25 shots, including 5 of 13 from 3-point range, and added five rebounds. Veronica Wheeler hit two foul shots and Shawayna Morel went 3 of 4 from the line in the second half to support Buckner. HCC was outrebounded, 36-27.

HCC returns to action on Friday in the Region XX tournament at Frederick Community College.

COLLEGE BASEBALL



Hagerstown 7, Brunswick (N.C.) 6

SHALLOTTE, N.C. - Mike Knight doubled twice and Charles Johnson homered as Hagerstown Community College held off Brunswick to close out a season-opening three-game series.

Knight finished with three hits, while David Zaminski and Roland Thiele each added two for the Hawks (2-1). Kyle Chronister had a two-run single during a four-run second inning to support starting pitcher Corey Livengood, who allowed three runs in six innings for his first win.

Charlie Gore and Goss Kendall each homered for Brunswick.

YOUTH BASKETBALL



Mid-Maryland Girls

Middle School

Springfield 37, Crestwood 25

Springfield: Chelsea Myers 10, Jordan Younker 10, Stacey Christy 8, Casey Arnone 4, Autumn Willingham 3, Vicki Worden 2.

Crestwood: Courtney Druck 9, Holly Kipe 8, India Doton 7, Aubree Smith 1.

Springfield 28, Mt. Airy 8

Springfield: Chelsea Myers and Stacey Christy 6 each, Haley Wolff and Casey Arnone 3 each,, Nikki Wyant, Rachel Lilley and Autumn Willingham 2 each.

Mt. Airy: Alley Hibbara 4, Jessa Ditullo 2, Julie Harry 1.

Today: Springfield in finals at E. Russel Hicks Middle School, 7:30.

Washington County Middle

Eighth Grade

Springfield 38, Boonsboro 28

Alex Aleshire 8, Tyler Wise 3, Brett Barr 13, Ron Butts 4, Alex Fridley 8, Tanner Myers 2.

B Austin 2, hardy 3, Harwood 2, C. Jordeleza 6, J. Jordeleza 3, Lewis 9, Poffenberger 3.

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