Hawks earn sweep over Chesapeake

December 14, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • Hagerstown Community College's Antwan Pitman, front, guards Chesapeake's Quentin Duncan during Wednesday's Maryland JuCo game at HCC.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

Hagerstown Community College got the better of Chesapeake College twice on Wednesday night.

The Hawks’ women played first and handed the Skipjacks their first loss of the season, rallying for a 56-52 victory. The men cruised past Chesapeake 98-71 in the nightcap.

 In the women’s game, the Hawks trailed 52-51 with 1:55 left to play, but two clutch free throws by Kishia Jackson put HCC up by one. The Hawks made three more free throws to secure the win.

“We’ve been down before late in the game,” HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. “We’ve only had one ‘easy’ game this season, so we’re used to playing these close games.”

The Hawks (10-1, 4-1) trailed for the majority of the first half and didn’t take their first lead until 2:21 before halftime. HCC trailed 27-25 at the break.

HCC took a 43-42 lead midway through the second half, but a 6-0 run by the Skipjacks had the Hawks playing from behind — but they kept battling back.

“It was the first game we’ve really had to buckle down,” Chesapeake coach Damon Nichols said. “We knew we were playing a good team, but HCC knew what they had to do to win.”

Four of HCC’s five starters scored in double figures. Alessandra Flores led the Hawks with 16 points, Jackson finished with 15, Katie Sprecher had a career-high 11 and Yolonda Pinkcett recorded a double-double with 10 points and a team-high 14 rebounds.

“I’d much rather have balance than have to rely on two girls to score all the points,” Palmer said. “We have girls that love to compete.”

 In the HCC men’s thrashing of Chesapeake, Alister Chisholm and Raymar Watson each scored 25 points to pace the Hawks.

HCC (12-2, 6-0) came out firing on all cylinders, using a 14-2 run to grab an early lead it never relinquished.

“We played our worst game against Salkehatchie over the weekend, and what was so important was how we handled that loss tonight,” Hawks coach Barry Brown said. “It says a lot about the character on this team.”

Chesapeake (7-3) would only get as close as six points, coming halfway through the second half after a 7-0 Skipjacks run. But a 10-0 run by HCC gave the Hawks a commanding 76-60 lead.

“These last two weeks of the semester, dealing with academics and basketball, is a challenge for them,” Brown said. “They handled it well. I’m proud of them.”

HCC 98, Chesapeake 71
HAGERSTOWN (12-2, 6-0)
Chisholm 25, Watson 25, Jenifer 15, Miller 8, Tarver 7, Womack 7, Carter 3, Pittman 3, Clerius 2, Pyatt 2, Boyd 1. Totals 36 22-30 98.
Worrells 14, Sanders 12, Mayfield 11, Bonsu 10, Church 8, Salako 6, Duncan 4, R. Harris 3, P. Harris 2, Gilmore 3. Totals 29 10-15 71.
Halftime — HCC 52, Chesapeake 39. 3-point goals — HCC 4 (Chilsholm, Miller, Pittman, Watson); Chesapeake (3 Sanders 2, R. Harris).

HCC 56, Chesapeake 52
HAGERSTOWN (10-1, 4-1)
Flores 16, Jackson 15, Sprecher 11, Pinkcett 10, Reynolds 4. Totals 21 9-14 56.
Clyde 13, Jones 13, Carr 10, Smith 8, Floyd 6, Acree 2. Totals 20 8-14 52.
Halftime — Chesapeake 27, HCC 25. 3-point goals — HCC 5 ( Flores 2, Jackson 2, Reynolds); Chesapeake 4 (Clyde 2, Floyd 2).

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