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Hawks go on power play in rout

February 09, 2009|By Jack Hill III

The Hagerstown Community College women's basketball team took advantage of an unusual situation Prince George's Community College found itself in on Monday night.

After the Owls lost center Lillian Ike to a sprained ankle about four minutes in, PGCC had to play with only four players. The Hawks rolled to a 107-47 victory in the Maryland JuCo Conference game at the HCC athletic complex.

Prince George's (3-15, 1-7) trailed HCC (15-10, 10-2) 12-10 before the injury. The Owls stayed within striking distance longer than expected, trailing by only 42-30 with 4:30 remaining in the first half.

But the Hawks scored the last 15 points in the first half to build a 57-30 advantage, and used their depth and size advantage to outscore the depleted Owls 50-17 in the second half and clinch second place in the conference.

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Sophomore Shawayna Morel finished with a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 15 rebounds to go along with five assists and three steals for HCC. Morel leads the Hawks in rebounds (9.0 per game) and steals (2.5 per game) this season.

"We had a slow start this season," Morel said. "But we worked hard and we picked it up. I am proud of our team, because most people would have given up in the situation that we were in (this season). But I know that we have a lot of heart and that we work hard in practice."

Tiffani Porter also had a double-double for HCC with career-high totals of 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Cara Thompson had a game-high 22 points, including four 3-pointers, while Sade Williams added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Hawks. Veronica Wheeler scored 10 points, Valentina Wheeler added nine points and six assists, and Miranda Payne also had six assists.

"We're real pleased about finishing in second place, especially with the way that the season started," Hawks coach Marlys Palmer said. "The biggest thing is that we are playing together better and supporting each other better."

Shanice Burns topped the Owls with 27 points and seven rebounds.

HCC 107, Prince George's 47
PRINCE GEORGE'S (3-15, 1-7)

Burns 9 8-12 27, Williams 4 0-0 10, Ike 2 2-2 6, McCrae 1 0-0 2, Snead 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 10-14 47.
HAGERSTOWN CC (15-10, 10-2)
Brown 2 0-1 4, Porter 6 2-4 14, Payne 3 0-0 6, Ve. Wheeler 5 0-0 10, Pierce 4 0-0 8, Va. Wheeler 2 4-5 9, Morel 8 2-3 18, Thompson 9 0-0 22, Williams 8 0-0 16. Totals 47 8-13 107.
Halftime -- HCC, 57-30. 3-point goals -- Prince George's 3 (Burns, Williams 2). HCC 5 (Val. Wheeler, Thompson 4).

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