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HCC men, women split doubleheader

November 18, 2008|By JACK HILL III

One Hagerstown Community College Hawks basketball team earned a win Monday night. The other came up a little short at the HCC athletic complex.

HCC lost to the Allegany Trojans 73-53 in the women's game, then beat Dundalk 130-88 in the men's game.

In the women's game, Allegany (2-0) kept HCC (2-4) from getting into an offense rhythm by forcing turnovers.

"I don't think you can turn the ball over 29 times and beat too many teams," Hawks coach Marlys Palmer said. "Allegany has a nice team, no doubt. It's going to take us a while. I hope that this is a team that gets better as the season goes along. I don't think we have an identity yet. Allegany played a much more physical game than we did. Allegany came out aggressive and we came out passive. We have still got some things to work on."

The Trojans placed four players in double figures. Freshman reserve guard Martina Kurtz scored a game-high 14 points on the strength of four 3-pointers, while Melissa Ford had 13 points and eight rebounds and Lisa Byer and Johntae McCoy added 10 points each.

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Cara Thompson scored all of her team-high 12 points during the first half for the Hawks. Sade Williams blocked four shots and Miranda Payne dished out four assists.

In the men's game, Dundalk (3-2) used a 12-2 scoring spurt against HCC (4-1) in the early part of the second half to cut a 20-point lead down to 63-53 with 17 minutes remaining.

The Hawks then outscored the Lions 67-35 the rest of the game to get the 42-point victory.

Sophomore center Will Taylor, the Hawks' only returning player from last year, scored 16 of his 20 points during the final 15 minutes and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds.

"I just played my game like the coach told me to," Taylor said. "I was able to get open for some 1-on-1 moves and I was able to take it to the basket. Everybody just played their role. All of us played good defense."

Taylor was one of five Hawks who scored in double figures. Jordan Brooks fired in 21 points, Raason Young tallied 18, Amaurys Fermin added 16 and Brandon Rascoe had 15. Rascoe made four 3-pointers and blocked four shots. K'yan Andrews had six rebounds and Jeremy Myers added four assists.

"Brandon made a few clutch 3-pointers," HCC coach Earl Redden said. "That opened things up on the inside for Will. It cleared out the middle and Will was able to go to the inside. Rebounding is something that we look for from Will and he was able to hit the boards well again tonight."

Ricardo Laing connected for 31 points, while Coreise Bruce delivered 19 points for Dundalk. Anthony Baglin and Sinclair Harris had 13 points each.

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