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HCC is on the ball with work without ball

March 07, 2009|By JACK HILL III

FREDERICK, Md. -- Defense.

That was the magic word as the Hagerstown Community College women's basketball team put the clamps on Garrett for a 59-29 quarterfinal victory on Friday in the Region XX Women's Basketball Tournament at Frederick Community College.

"Wow," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. "Defense was the key to today's win. If you can hold somebody to 29 points, that is incredible. That is about 35 points below their scoring average. They were considerably bigger than we were. We just tried to get the team focused on defense."

Amy Rhoderick was one of the Hawks who found that focus.

The sophomore center only managed three points, but led with game-highs of 10 rebounds, seven blocked shots and four steals to put the Hawks on the path to the win. HCC held a 46-29 rebounding edge over Garrett.

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"I didn't care about scoring points," Rhoderick said. "I just cared about getting the rebounds and the steals. I was also trying to block a few shots. Our defense was amazing. I feel like with the energy that we played with today, there is nobody that can stop us."

Rhoderick was HCC's shining example.

"Amy Rhoderick was everywhere," Palmer added. "She was incredible today."

Shawayna Morel scored a game-high 14 points and added six rebounds and four assists, while Cara Thompson scored 11 points for HCC.

"We played great defense and that is what got us the win today," Morel said. "We knew that we had a big lead, but we didn't get comfortable. We're looking forward to playing tomorrow."

HCC (18-11) advances to today's semifinals at 4 p.m. against the winner of tAllegany-Howard game. Allegany is top-seeded and undefeated.

Miranda Payne added nine points and five assists for the Hawks, while Veronica Wheeler added nine points and eight rebounds. Kayce Pierce grabbed seven rebounds and Valentina Wheeler dished off four assists for HCC.

Garrett (8-13) stayed close, trailing 14-8 with 8:30 remaining in the first half.

The Hawks scored 12 straight points to make that lead 26-8 at the 2:22 mark of the first half.

HCC never led by at less than 16 points the rest of the game, holding a 26-10 advantage at the half.

HCC 59, Garrett 29
GARRETT (8-13)

Andersson 1 0-0 2, Riley 1 0-0 2, Hankins 1 0-0 2, Rogers 0 0-0 0, Pendleton 0 1-4 1, Carter 3 2-2 8, Boyce 1 0-0 2, Jones 1 0-0 2, Collins 5 0-2 10. Totals 13 3-8 29.
HCC (18-11)
Brown 1 0-0 2, Porter 0 0-0 0, Payne 4 1-2 9, Ve. Wheeler 4 0-0 9, Pierce 2 0-0 4, Va. Wheeler 2 1-2 5, Morel 5 4-5 14, Thompson 3 2-3 11, Rhoderick 1 1-2 3, Williams 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 9-14 59.
Halftime: HCC 26-10. Three-point goals: HCC 4 (Ve. Wheeler, Thompson 3).

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