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HCC wastes no time with CSM

February 16, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Hagerstown's Community College's Tiarra Rogers (10) works to cut off Southern Maryland's Ashley Famer as she tries looks for an opening during HCC's Maryland JuCo Conference tournament victory.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — An early 20-point run put the Hagerstown Community College women’s basketball team in the driver’s seat as HCC cruised to a 91-32 win over the College of Southern Maryland at HCC’s athletic complex in the play-in round of the Maryland JuCo Conference tournament Tuesday.

“I just think that it was so awesome,” said HCC sophomore Tashia Caldwell, who had 10 points in the 20-point run. “We never play in the first half. We are usually a second-half team. Today we had a crazy offense. It felt really great to take control of the game early.”

Caldwell outscored CSM (7-17) on her own in the first half, scoring 16 points to help HCC take a 46-12 halftime advantage. She finished with a game-high 21 points.

“I was just ready to go today. I’m ready for this tournament,” Caldwell said.

Caldwell was not the only HCC player who was executing.

Tiarra Rogers had 12 points, eight steals, six rebounds and five assists for HCC (21-5). Yolanda Pinkcett finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, Turquoia Johnson had 14 points and four assist, Alessandra Flores added nine points and four steals and Brittany Malott made three steals.

HCC outrebounded CSM 39-16 and forced 36 turnovers, with 22 coming on steals.

“Our strategy was to play really intense defense and control the boards,” HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. “We wanted to just keep our focus. One of the things that I liked about the team was that there was no letup. We don’t have a starting lineup, we have a team. We had the same intensity with all of the players.”

CSM scored the first six points of the game before HCC went on its 7 1/2-minute scoring spree.

HCC plays Frederick Community College at 7 p.m. Thursday at FCC. Frederick routed Harford, 95-33, in a play-in game Tuesday.

“I honestly think that we have a chance,” Caldwell said. “We really played like a team today. The posts were kicking it back to the shooters and the shooters were kicking it back to the posts. If we can play like we did today, we can go far. The team’s unity was shining today.”

HCC 91, Southern Maryland 32
SOUTHERN MARYLAND (7-17)

Farmer 7 0-0 16, Amaker 1 1-2 3, Matullo 3 1-3 7, Ferguson 1 0-0 2, Greene 1 0-0 2, Winborne 0 1-2 1, Lake 0 1-2 1, Barnes 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 4-9 32.
HAGERSTOWN (21-5)
Johnson 7 0-0 14, Brown 4 0-1 8, Rogers 6 0-1 12, Malott 0 0-0 0, Marquiss 3 0-1 6, Reynolds 2 0-0 4, Caldwell 8 0-0 21, Pinkcett 6 0-1 12, Roberts 1 0-0 3, Flores 2 4-4 9. Totals 39 4-8 91.
Halftime — HCC 46-12. 3-point goals — Southern Maryland 2 (Farmer 2), HCC 7 (Caldwell 5, Roberts, Flores).

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