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Hawks soar in second half

December 02, 2010|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown Community College women’s basketball team blew open a close game Wednesday, outscoring Howard Community College 32-13 in the second half to take a 71-45 victory from the Dragons at the HCC athletic complex.

The Hawks (7-1, 3-0 Maryland JuCo Conference) led by only seven in the first half before running away from the winless Dragons (0-7, 0-4) after intermission.

HCC goes to the other end of the spectrum Friday, playing host to unbeaten Frederick.

“We held them to 13 second-half points and I thought that was the key to the win,” HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. “I also thought we got contributions from everybody. We missed a few shots in the beginning, but we just thought that our defensive intensity needed to be better. The defense got our offense going. We played crushing defense in the second half.”

Alessandra Flores Conway had 24 points and five assists, Tashia Caldwell had 11 points and Casey Roberts added 10 points for HCC. Turquoia Johnson added 13 rebounds and four steals, while Tiarra Rogers finished with eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals.

Roberts helped to open up the Hawks’ offense by popping a trio of 3-pointers.

“I was just in rhythm for some reason,” Roberts said. “It was a nice warmup win going into our big game Friday,” Roberts said. “The key to the win was when we put on the press in the second half. Our team started to come alive and play better then. It felt like our team started to take control.”

The Dragons were still within striking distance of the Hawks, trailing 44-38 with 14:20 remaining in the second half. But HCC scored the next 15 points to watch its lead balloon to 59-38 with 6:35 left.

“Our team is getting better,” Palmer said. “I think that we have a lot of areas to improve in. I think that we’ll continue to get better as the season goes on.”

Tamara Maxwell had 16 points, Corliss Bowles added 10 and Niesha Reid pulled down nine rebounds for Howard.

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