Hawks women go south as Rebels grad Silva shines

November 28, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI |
  • HCCs Jasmine Reynolds (24) goes for the steal against Faye Dunston of Montgomery College at the HCC athletic complex Monday night.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — When the Montgomery-Rockville women’s basketball team is faced with a dark cloud, it knows it can find a Silva lining.

Alex Silva was the Golden Knights’ ray of sunshine on Monday, as the former South Hagerstown star scored 29 points — including the last six in the last two minutes of the game — to lead Rockville to a 57-52 victory over Hagerstown Community College at the HCC athletic complex.

“We weren’t going home with a loss,” Silva said after scoring 15 of the Knights’ 25 second-half points. “Failure was not an option.”

Silva practically took any hint of failure off the table with her play as she controlled Rockville’s offense before interjecting herself in the scoring column to knock HCC (5-1) from unbeaten status.

“Silva is a great player,” said HCC coach Marlys Palmer. “She goes out and she plays her game and we couldn’t stop her game. She’s the smallest player on the floor and she probably led them in rebounding. She controls the ball and dishes and then she scores when they need it. She was great at doing her thing.”

Rockville needed Silva to have a successful homecoming before her small band of hometown supporters to pull off the victory.

The Knights built a 32-24 halftime lead as they took advantage of the Hawks playing a step slow defensively and flatfooted while rebounding. Rockville took advantage of many second-chance baskets and foul shots in the first half to build the advantage.

“They outrebounded us 27-13 in the first half and hit 13 of 14 foul shots against us in the first half,” Palmer said. “Those were the points we stressed that we had to stop to the team before the game.”

HCC made a spirited run to get back in the game in the second half. Jasmine Reynolds started the bid by scoring the final four points in the first half en route to notching 11 points in a 8:30 span.

Her assist to Alessandra Flores set up a 3-pointer to give the Hawks a 37-36 lead with 13:06 remaining.

Flores took over and scored on a drive to put the Hawks ahead 44-39 lead with 11:01 remaining.

Silva answered with six straight points on a three-point play and a 3 to bring Rockville back to a 47-47 tie with 7:28 left as the Knights began to assume control.

“We are not a potent offensive team and for us to come back, it’s a huge hurdle,” Palmer said. “It seemed like it took something out of our legs.”

Rockville led 51-50 with 1:56 remaining and iced the game with the ball in Silva’s hands. The sophomore hit six free throws down the stretch as the Knights outscored HCC 6-2 to close out the game.

“My job is to be a leader with assists or scoring,” Silva said. “I have to control the floor and make my teammates around me better. But when it got down to the final two minutes, it was time for me to score. It felt good to be home and to have my family and friends come see me play.”

Silva ended the game with six field goals and made 14 of 15 from the foul line to lead all scorers.

HCC was led by Flores with 19 points, while Reynolds finished with 13 points and four assists. Yolanda Pinckett had 12 points and nine rebounds.

“I thought we had a great effort out there, but I was a little concerned coming into this game,” Palmer said. “When you’re undefeated, everyone is gunning for you. You have to be able to handle success. We came out complacent and satisfied.”

Rockville 57, HCC 52
Silva 6 14-15 29, Johnson 3 0-0 6, Dunston 1 3-4 5, Redparth 2 0-1 4, Davis 1 2-2 4. 9, Toweh 2 0-2 4, Thalley 3 0-0 7. Totals 18 19-24 57.
Smothers 1 0-0 2, Reynolds 5 1-3 13, Cue 1 2-4 4, Pinkcett 5 2-4 12, Roberts 1 0-0 2, Flores 4 9-10 19. Totals 17 14-21 52.
Halftime — Rockville, 32-24. 3-point goals — Rockville 2 (Silva, Thalley), HCC 4 (Reynolds 2, Flores 2).

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