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Rogers helps keep Hawks on point

January 19, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Tiarra Rogers doesn’t need to score a point to help get Hagerstown Community College’s new point across.

All she has to do is what she has been doing all along — play defense and pass the ball.

Rogers quietly got the Hawks on the early track and HCC took it from there on Wednesday, steadily pulling away for a 67-44 victory over Delaware Tech at the HCC athletic complex.

“That’s my role,” Rogers said. “I try to bring the team up. Our offense comes off our defense and once we get our offense going, our shots start falling and it all goes from there.”

And there is where HCC coach Marlys Palmer wants the Hawks (14-4) to be — running, passing, defending and scoring as a group.

“We are trying to emphasize team play,” Palmer said. “We want them to play together and encourage each other. We had nine players with assists tonight. It was a very unselfish effort.”

Rogers did her part with eight points but spearheaded the front of HCC’s presses and traps with eight steals while dealing three assists.

Not only did nine of the 11 Hawks have assists, 10 players scored.

“It’s tough to stop a team that scores like that,” Palmer said. “We are looking for balance and for team basketball. We have to do that to win.”

Against Delaware Tech, HCC took control of the game with the team play as 15 of its 22 baskets were assisted. On defense, the Hawks took away the Spirit’s 3-point shooting, limiting Delaware Tech (10-9) to four 3s in the final 34 1/2 minutes after allowing three in the first 5 1/2.

“We wanted to put pressure on them and get the tempo our way,” Rogers said. “We were trying to branch out to the corners to take away their 3s. We are constantly working on that because we keep getting beat on the 3 shots.”

Delaware Tech tied the game at 11-11 when Candace Benjamin hit a 3 with 14:39 to go in the first half.

HCC took control with a 10-2 run over the next 5:29 for a 21-13 lead as the Hawks forced turnovers — part of their 18 for the game — for easy baskets, led by four points by Turquoia Johnson.

The Hawks settled for a 40-27 advantage at the half. HCC opened the second half with a 10-4 start as Rogers and Yolanda Pinkcett scored four each.

The Hawks pulled slowly away, finishing off the 23-point win.

Alessandra Flores led HCC with 12 points while Tashia Caldwell added 11. Pinkcett finished with 16 of HCC’s 60 rebounds, while Ricia Brown grabbed nine boards.

Anna Tiberi led Delaware Tech with 16 points, including four 3s.

“Their 3s made me uncomfortable, but I was pleased with our team balance,” Palmer said. “We pushed the tempo. We’ve been trying to get them to work together and we shared the ball better.”

HCC 67, Delaware Tech 44
DELAWARE TECH (10-9)

Scheideay 0 0-1 0, James 2 1-4 5, Jenkins 3 0-0 6, Robertson 4 0-0 10, Tiberi 5 2-3 16, Soikorsky 2 0-1 4, Benjamin 1 0-0 3. Totals 17 3-9 44.
HAGERSTOWN (13-4)
Johnson 3 0-0 6, Jackson 1 2-4 5, Brown 2 3-6 7, Rogers 3 2-2 8, Malott 2 0-4 4, Reynolds 1 0-0 2, Caldwell 4 2-2 11, Pinkcett 4 1-2 9, Roberts 1 1-2 3, Flores 4 2-2 12. Totals 25 13-24 67.
Halftime — HCC 40, Delaware Tech 27. 3-point goals — Delaware Tech 7 (Tiberi 4, Roberrtson 2, Benjamin), HCC 4 (Flores 2, Jackson, Caldwell).

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