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Area Roundup -- HCC tops Mercyhurst

January 18, 2009

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL



Twin sisters Valentina and Veronica Wheeler combined to score 25 points to help the Hagerstown Community College Hawks defeat the Mercyhurst Saints 64-53 Sunday afternoon at the HCC athletic complex.

Each Wheeler also grabbed seven rebounds.

Mercyhurst (7-7) held a 26-24 lead over HCC (9-9) at halftime, but the Hawks outscored the Saints 40-27 in the second half to pull out the victory. Val Wheeler scored 14 of her team-high 16 points in the second half.

"I knew that I had to pick it up in the second half," Val Wheeler said. "We were running like we always do. All of our players told each other to work hard on every play."

HCC coach Marlys Palmer was impressed with Val Wheeler's defense.

"It all started with defense," Palmer said. "Val Wheeler was a big part of that initial spark that we had. She got some steals and turned them into layups."

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Veronica Wheeler scored seven of her nine points in the first half to help keep HCC in the game.

"I'm just happy that we won," Veronica Wheeler said. "We said that defense was going to bring all of the rest of our game to help us win and it did."

Miranda Payne had 10 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for HCC. Cara Thompson chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds, Amy Rhoderick pulled down 10 rebounds and Shawayna Morel added nine rebounds and four steals for HCC.

"It was a total team effort," Palmer said. "I just thought we played terrific defense. We played zone the whole ballgame, but we played it well. We got our hands on the ball and we played with a lot of energy."

-- Jack Hill III
Staff Correspondent

MERCYHURST (7-7)
Davis 0 0-0 0, Wiggins 3 1-2 10, Smith 3 9-9 16, Washington 3 0-0 7, Henry 1 0-0 2, Harland 6 3-3 16, Roche 0 0-0 0, Crawford 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 13-14 53.
HAGERSTOWN COMM. COLLEGE (9-9)
Brown 1 0-0 2, Payne 1 8-8 10, Ve. Wheeler 2 4-4 9, Pierce 0 0-0 0, Va. Wheeler 7 1-1 16, Morel 2 0-2 4, Thompson 3 3-4 11, Rhoderick 3 0-0 6, Williams 3 0-0 6. Totals 22 16-19 64.
Halftime -- Mercyhurst, 26-24. 3-point goals -- Mercyhurst 6 (Wiggins 3, Smith, Washington, Harland), HCC 4 (Ve. Wheeler, Va. Wheeler, Thompson 2).

YOUTH BASKETBALL



Mid-Maryland Girls
Varsity
Springfield 43, Thomas Johnson 34

Springfield:  Chelsey Scott 18, Erin Palmer 15, Stacey Christy 8, Caroline Strite 2. 
Thomas Johnson: Tamara Overgera 13, Meghan Walling 8, Alison Mills 7, Ciara Whipp 5, Courtney Schweigerath 1. 

Junior Varsity
Thomas Johnson 32, Springfield 25

Springfield: Keri Kline 8, Alexis Evans 8, Carol Leung 3, Alexis Cline 2, Connie Leung 2, Emily Taylor 2.
Thomas Johnson: Kayla Hale 12, Natalie Galaviz 8, Danielle Cook 6, Jaclyn Pisarski 4, Jordan Pitts 2.

Washington County Boys
8th Grade
E. Russell Hicks 56, Springfield 39

Hicks: Redman 6, Powell 8, Henson 6, Bishop 4, Morris 4, Freeman 13, Swayne 6, Maeser 8.
Springfield: Alec Morris 14, Ryan Crabtree 14, Ryan Boward 3, Ben Seibert 4, Austin Keplinger 2, Zach Hopkins 1, Colton Myers 1.

Boonsboro 33, Clear Spring 29
Boonsboro: Bennett 7, Green 3, Jardeleza 16, Peters 2, Poffenberger 2, Ruiz 3.
Clear Spring: Aaron 6, Brant 6, Wallings 14, Smith 3.

Gettysburg Travel League
5th Grade
Greencastle Blue 39, Boiling Springs 23

Greencastle: Spencer Meyers 12, Matthew Kline 10, Myles Gayman 7, Bailey Parker 4, Sean Walck 4, Joey Burns 2.

Biglerville 32, Smithsburg 28
Smithsburg: Cole Huntzberry 4, Bryce Scharenbroch 13, Adam Tracey 2, Duke Zimmerman 2, Tyler Olson 4, Austyn Pierce 2, Andrew Owens 2.

BRIEF



Girls softball registration

Registration for the Washington County Girls Softball League elementary and middle school spring seasons will take place at Dick's Sporting Goods in the Centre at Hagerstown on Jan. 31, Feb. 14 and Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at Extra Innings on Feb. 18 and 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fee of $40 is due at time of registration. For information, call 301-223-9078 or visit the league's Web site at www.eteamz.com/wcgsl

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