HCC women rout Harrisburg

January 09, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Hagerstown's Ashley Smothers, left, and Victoria Broadwater scramble for a loose ball with Harrisburg's Lacey Van Slyke in the first half Monday night. Hagerstown gained possession on the play.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Community College women’s basketball team upended visiting Harrisburg Area Community College 73-38 on Monday night for Hagerstown coach Marlys Palmer’s 595th career victory.

Hagerstown gave up 14 points less than its team defensive average of 52.0 points per game, which ranks 16th in the country.

“We came out with pretty good energy,” Palmer said. “I thought that our press worked well. Our team defense created a lot of our offense. That led to some easy layups.”

Hagerstown (13-1) built a 13-3 lead over Harrisburg (7-3) in the first 5:30 of the game. Sophomore point guard Sunny Flores Conway scored nine of HCC’s 13 points during that stretch, including a 3-point field goal that extended the lead to 13-3.

“We were well-prepared for it,” Conway said. “We have a big conference game on Wednesday at Dundalk. We needed this game to pump us up for it. I came in early today to exercise and practice my shooting. That shooting practice helped me to prepare for tonight. All of us came one or two hours early. We have been working on certain plays in practice. We used them tonight and everything worked out well.”

Conway finished with a game-high 17 points and had three assists.

“We cannot let our heads get out of control, because we still have some big games in January and February,” Conway added. “We want to bring the championship home. That is on all of our minds.”

Sophomore center Yolonda Pinkcett had 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots for HCC, while Jasmine Reynolds had five assists, Kishia Jackson had three assists and Katie Sprecher and Reynolds each had four steals in the victory.

Palmer had praise for Conway’s performance.

“Sunny is really steady and that is good for the team,” Palmer said. “She has been distributing the ball really well and she is getting more assists. She has done a good job of scoring for us. She usually gets the best defenders. That opens things up for the other players. It helps us to get balanced scoring and that is what we need to have.”

Hagerstown led 39-15 at halftime and started the second half with a 15-2 run to increase its advantage to 54-17 with 14:18 left in the game. During that stretch, Pinkcett scored nine consecutive points.

Hagerstown 73, Harrisburg 38
Cox 5 2-2 15, Clark 0 3-4 3, Jaroszewski 1 0-1 2, Lemon 5 3-4 13, Webster 2 0-0 4, Ruiz 0 0-0 0, Van Slyke 0 1-2 1. Totals 13 9-13 38.
Jackson 3 0-0 7, Broadwater 2 0-0 4, Wheeler 2 0-0 4, Smothers 0 2-4 2, Osongo 1 0-0 2, Sprecher 3 1-2 7, Reynolds 2 0-0 4, Cue 0 0-2 0, Pinkcett 6 3-4 15, Roberts 2 0-0 4, Flores 7 2-3 17, Dare 3 1-1 7. Totals 31 9-16 73.
Halftime: HCC 39-15. 3-point goals—Harrisburg 3 (Cox 3). HCC 2 (Jackson, Flores).

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