HCC women write off Central Penn

February 09, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Community College women’s basketball team celebrated Sophomore Night in a big way on Wednesday at the HCC athletic complex.

The Hawks put their height advantage to proper use as they outrebounded the Central Penn College Knights by a 52-29 margin on the way to an 82-43 victory.

HCC (18-5) led the entire game against Central Penn (11-13), which is from the Harrisburg area.

Sophomore guard Tashia Caldwell got the Hawks off to a sparkling start by canning a 3-pointer and turning a steal into a layup for a quick 5-0 lead.

“Everybody played pretty well,” said Caldwell, who finished with 12 points. “I was ready to go. For some reason, I never shoot from the top of the key. Tonight, I was able to pop one. We went out with a statement.”

Caldwell said the team is continuing to grow.

“We have come together as a team,” she said. “The unity is definitely building. I feel that if we keep playing the way that we have been playing, then we can do some damage in the tournament. Since the team has come together, it has helped everybody individually. We are starting to have the instincts of knowing where all of the players are.”

Ricia Brown scored 16 points, while Alessandra Flores had 13 points, seven rebounds and six steals for the Hawks. Kisha Jackson added 11 points in the victory, while Turquoia Johnson had 10 rebounds, Yolanda Pinkcett had eight rebounds and Tiarra Rogers had eight assists and five steals.

“I’m happy for the sophomores,” HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. “They had a rough season last year. Then they have been successful this year. All of the sophomores have given a lot of effort and they have done a good job for us. I am proud of all of them.”

Cristy Doyle scored 16 points and Jasmine Robinson added 10 points for the Knights.

HCC scored 14 straight points over a stretch of four minutes to build a 25-4 lead with 9:52 remaining in the first half.

By halftime, HCC had increased its advantage to 43-19.

The Hawks continued to be successful in the second half, outscoring the Knights 39-24.

HCC returns to action this afternoon for its final regular-season home game against Harford at 4 p.m.

HCC 82, Central Penn 43

Robinson 4 0-0 10, Wilson 1 0-0 2, Graves 3 0-0 7, Oates 3 0-0 6, Doyle 6 1-1 16, McLean 1 0-0 2, Saturne 0 0-4 0. Totals 18 1-5 43.
HCC (18-5)
Johnson 2 0-0 4, Jackson 5 0-2 11, Brown 6 2-5 16, Rogers 2 2-3 6, Malott 0 2-2 2, Marquiss 0 0-2 0, Reynolds 3 0-0 6, Caldwell 5 0-0 12, Pinkcett 3 0-0 6, Roberts 2 2-2 6, Flores 3 7-8 13. Totals 31 15-24 82.
Halftime — HCC 43-19. 3-point goals — Central Penn 6 (Robinson 2, Graves, Doyle 3); HCC 5 (Jackson, Brown 2, Caldwell 2).

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