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HCC sweeps by using different methods for wins

February 05, 2009|By JACK HILL III

Hagerstown Community College's basketball teams swept a Maryland JuCo Conference basketball doubleheader on Wednesday at the HCC athletic complex.

The HCC women beat Dundalk 93-49 before the men pulled out a 93-88 win over Howard.

In the women's game, HCC (14-9, 9-2) took care of business immediately by racing out to a 14-0 lead to pave the way to a dominating win. It was the Hawks' seventh straight victory.

Sophomore forward Cara Thompson fired in game-high totals of 25 points and five 3-pointers to go along with eight rebounds for the Hawks.

"We knew that Dundalk was going to come in and play hard," Thompson said. "Dundalk beat Frederick and Frederick beat us. We knew that if we came out with a lot of intensity and that if we talked on defense, then we would be OK. We are working the ball around and passing it well. It helps me a lot to get some open shots."

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Valentina Wheeler tallied 13 points, Shawayna Morel and Sade Williams got 12 points each and Tiffani Porter added 10 points for HCC.

Kayce Pierce pulled down nine rebounds and Williams grabbed eight rebounds for the Hawks, while Porter and Wheeler added seven rebounds each. Morel added six assists and five steals, while Miranda Payne had six assists for HCC.

"I thought we came out pretty aggressive," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. "I thought this was the best game that all 10 players have played as a group. We got off to a great start. We emphasized that we wanted to come out strong. We wanted to try to get a total team effort and I think that we did that tonight. No matter what combination that we had, there was no letup."

For the men, Howard (10-12, 8-7) built a 17-6 lead over HCC (18-5, 11-3) in the opening 5:50. After that, the Hawks started their comeback.

"When we were down 17-6, we started to settle down and move the ball around on offense," HCC coach Earl Redden said. "We really played together as a team. I thought that we rebounded the ball better. Raylin Brown and Raason Young did a great job on defense. Jeremy Myers really stepped up big tonight. He hit a couple of big 3s."

Myers scored 19 of his 27 points during the second half, while Isaiah Hill pumped in 20 points for HCC. Young connected for 13 points, Will Taylor and Jordan Brooks got 11 points each and Brown had 10 points for the Hawks.

Jimmy Dorsey scored 22 points for Howard.

HCC made 12 3-pointers, while Howard hit 11.

Women's Game
HCC 93, Dundalk 49
DUNDALK (2-15, 0-7)

Wheeler 0 0-0 0, Kelly 1 0-0 3, Burnham 6 0-0 15, Scott 7 6-10 20, Adamson 1 4-8 6, Welk 0 0-0 0, Wallace 0 2-2 2. Totals 16 13-23 49.
HCC (14-9, 9-2)
Brown 0 2-2 2, Porter 4 2-3 10, Payne 3 1-2 7, Ve. Wheeler 3 0-0 6, Pierce 2 0-0 4, Val. Wheeler 4 4-4 13, Morel 4 4-4 12, Thompson 9 2-2 25, Rhoderick 1 0-0 2, Williams 4 4-7 12. Totals 34 19-24 93.
Halftime: HCC 36-16. Three-pointers: Dundalk 4 (Kelly, Burnham 3). HCC 6 (Val. Wheeler, Thompson 5).

Men's Game
HCC 93, Howard 88
HOWARD (10-12, 8-7)

Washington 1 3-4 6, Crump 4 3-4 12, Smith 0 0-0 0, Dorsey 6 6-6 22, J. Jones 5 3-5 14, Robinson 5 0-0 12, A. Jones 2 5-6 11, Jeter 2 4-5 8. Totals 25 24-30 88.
HCC (18-5, 11-3)
Brooks 4 1-5 11, Hill 6 6-8 20, Fermin 0 0-0 0, Poole 0 0-0 0, Brown 4 1-2 10, Young 3 4-6 13, Myers 10 4-5 27, Rascoe 3 0-2 7, Taylor 1 3-9 5. Totals 31 19-37 93.
Halftime: 45-45 tie. Three-pointers: Howard 11 (Washington, Crump, Dorsey 4, J. Jones, Robinson 2, A. Jones 2). HCC 12 (Brooks 2, Hill 2, Brown, Young 3, Myers 3, Rascoe).

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