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Delaware Tech pounds Hawks inside

November 15, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN -- Delaware Tech led from wire to wire to defeat the Hagerstown Community College women's basketball team 74-59 on Sunday afternoon during the final day of the Hagerstown Classic at the HCC athletic complex.

"We were trying to push it inside as much as we could," Delaware Tech coach Jim Kane said. "We thought that we could control the boards. We used different types of pressure defense. We kept changing the defenses to try to confuse them."

Dohnay Banice, a 5-foot-11 sophomore center, had game-high totals of 21 points and 16 rebounds for Delaware Tech (3-1). She made 9 of 15 field goal attempts. Constina Cousins added 16 points and Kinshay Barbour had 11 points for the Spirit.

Delaware Tech (3-1) outrebounded the Hawks (4-2) by a 40-27 margin.

"I thought we gave them a little bit better game in the second half," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. "Delaware Tech is a good team. I thought the rebounds made a big difference in the ballgame. They were physical and they were getting second and third shots. We made 14 turnovers in the first half, but then we only had six in the second half."

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Miranda Payne had 17 points and five assists, while Tashia Caldwell scored 13 points for the Hawks. Laquita Jones added 10 points and three steals, while Mallory Wishard grabbed eight rebounds.

Shawnda Wills scored in double figures for the first time this season for HCC, finishing with 11 points -- including a trio of 3-pointers -- and four assists.

"It's better to pop 3-pointers in college than high school, because it feels like it means a lot more," Wills said. "We knew that they were a good team coming in after watching them yesterday. We knew that they could push the ball in. We knew that defense would decide whether we would come out with a win or a loss."

Delaware Tech scored the first six points of the game and built a 21-11 lead with 9:27 remaining in the first half. Jones responded by making a basket and a 3-pointer as HCC narrowed the gap to 21-16, but the Spirit outscored the Hawks 12-8 over the rest of the half for a 33-24 halftime advantage.

The Spirit extended their lead to 39-25 just 1:31 into the second half. The Hawks managed to chop the lead down to 48-41 with 12:50 left, but would not get any closer.

Delaware Tech 74, HCC 59
DELAWARE TECH (3-1)

Weil 0 0-0 0, Murray 4 1-4 9, McKnight 0 0-0 0, Tyler 3 3-4 9, Barbour 4 3-4 11, Christmas 2 2-5 6, Booker 1 0-0 2, Banice 9 3-5 21, Cousins 8 0-0 16. Totals 31 12-22 74.
HAGERSTOWN (4-2)
Payne 5 7-8 17, Wishard 2 2-6 6, Baum 0 0-0 0, Wills 3 2-3 11, Caldwell 6 1-2 13, Ambush 0 0-0 0, Jones 4 0-0 10, Dare 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 12-19 59.
Halftime -- Delaware Tech, 33-24. 3-point goals -- HCC 5 (Wills 3, Jones 2).

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