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HCC women gain with Payne to win opener

November 02, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN -- Point guard Miranda Payne scored a game-high 34 points as the Hagerstown Community College women's basketball team came back from an 18-point first-half deficit to win its season opener over Northern Virginia 73-69 on Monday night at the HCC athletic complex.

"That was exciting, wasn't it?" said HCC coach Marlys Palmer, whose team trailed 26-8 with 9 1/2 minutes remaining in the first half. "Defense and foul shooting were the keys to the comeback. We weren't used to that kind of pressure. That was a good team and they played great defense. They came out with a lot of intensity and made almost every shot that they put up. But then our defense held them to five points in the last 9 1/2 minutes of the first half."

Payne, the Hawks' only sophomore, canned 14 of her 15 foul shots and was 11 of 22 from the field, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range. She also had four steals and four assists for HCC, which trailed only 31-30 at halftime.

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"We're really young this year," Payne said. "If we keep working together and working hard, then I think that we have got great potential. We started out a little bit slow. Once the game got going, then we picked it up. I think all of us did our part."

Mallory Wishard had 11 points and eight rebounds for HCC, while Tashia Caldwell also had 11 points, Andrea Baum came off of the bench to get eight rebounds and four assists and 6-foot-3 center Tomi Dare grabbed eight rebounds for the Hawks.

"I thought we just kept fighting and working hard," Palmer said. "I just told them, 'One possession at a time.' Every single player did something to help us win this ballgame. We outrebounded them 37-30. We got some crucial rebounds at the end."

Kristen Dukes had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Stella Hollaway had 14 points and seven rebounds and Dana Carlstrom had 10 points for Northern Virginia.

"At the beginning, our girls pushed the ball down the court and got some good shots before they got set up in their zone defense," Northern Virginia coach Wayne Vincent said. "I thought our girls played well."

HCC 73, Northern Virginia 69
NORTHERN VIRGINIA (0-1)
Patriarca 0 0-0 0, Carlstrom 4 0-4 10, Ramirez 1 3-4 5, Ablaza 1 0-0 3, Cortes 2 0-1 5, Stan 3 3-4 9, Terrell 2 2-2 7, Dukes 8 0-1 16, Hollaway 6 2-6 14. Totals 27 10-22 69.
HAGERSTOWN (1-0)
Payne 9 14-15 34, Wishard 2 7-10 11, Baum 2 1-2 5, Wills 2 0-0 4, Caldwell 5 1-1 11, Ambush 1 0-0 2, Dare 3 0-4 6. Totals 24 23-32 73.
Halftime -- Northern Virginia 31-30. Three-point goals -- Northern Virginia 5 (Carlstrom 2, Ablaza, Cortes, Terrell), HCC 2 (Payne 2).

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