HCC women hold on to beat Frederick

November 12, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Community College women's basketball team nearly gave away a big lead Wednesday night, but the Hawks hung on to win a 61-58 nailbiter over Frederick in a Maryland JuCo Conference game at the HCC athletic complex.

"It was a typical Hagerstown-Frederick game," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. "It went down to the wire. We didn't make a lot of free throws, but we made just enough to get the win."

Hagerstown (3-1, 1-0) led by 10 at halftime and by as many as 13 in the second half, but Frederick's Kylie Late buried a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left to narrow the gap to 60-58.

Miranda Payne made one of two free throws with 11 seconds left to give HCC a 61-58 lead. Channing Watts was off the mark on two 3-pointers in Frederick's final possession.


"Intensity was the key to our team pulling out the win tonight," Payne said. "I was just fortunate to hit a few key free throws that I needed."

Laquita Jones, who sat out the season-opener last week with an injury, hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give HCC a boost to take a 34-24 lead.

The Hawks were up 55-44 with 4:56 remaining before the Cougars (1-2, 0-1) began chipping away at the lead.

Payne finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals, Tashia Caldwell scored 17 points, Mallory Wishard added 12 rebounds and four assists and Tomi Dare had eight rebounds for HCC.

Josie Hildebrand got 12 points and seven rebounds, while Shaun Wright added 10 points, seven assists and seven rebounds for Frederick (1-2, 0-1).

"I thought that we got behind by too many," Frederick coach Jack Mehl said. "We got it down to 43-37, but then we missed a layup. I thought the foul line hurt us. They got there, but we didn't get there. The good news is that it is still early. The bad news is that I don't like to lose."

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