Women's Basketball: Hawks give Palmer 15th 20-win season

January 29, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Hagerstown Community College women's basketball coach Marlys Palmer won her 600th career game last weekend and notched her 15th 20-win season with the Hawks on Sunday.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Last weekend, Hagerstown Community College women’s basketball coach Marlys Palmer earned her 600th career win with the Hawks.

On Sunday morning, Palmer added another milestone with her 15th 20-win season after the Hawks beat the Lord Fairfax Cannons 61-23 at the HCC athletic complex. It was the 15th straight win for HCC (20-1).

“It’s nice, but overall I think that we are more focused with how the team is playing,” Palmer said. “You have got to give the team credit. We have won eight ballgames by fewer than 10 points. The team found a way to win.”

HCC is ranked sixth in the country in team defense, allowing just 48.4 points per game. That number only improved against Lord Fairfax (1-7), which only dressed five players Sunday and was down to just four with 6:15 remaining when forward Jasmine Grant went out with a sprained knee.

Six-foot sophomore Yolonda Pinkcett led the Hawks with 17 points — just six less than Lord Fairfax’s total. Pinkcett, a Martinsburg graduate, made 8 of 11 shots from the field and also hauled in six rebounds.

“My teammates were giving the ball to me,” Pinkcett said. “I was getting the rebounds and putting them back in. Since they only had five players, we came out in a zone defense and stayed in it for the whole game.”

Pinkcett was impressed with Palmer’s 15th 20-win season.

“I’m glad to be part of it,” Pinkcett said. “I’m glad that we are making her happy. We’re trying to win for her and for ourselves, too. We’re trying to win the championship this season.”

Ashley Smothers had 10 points, four assists and three steals for the Hawks. Jasmine Reynolds had eight points, three assists and three steals. Six-foot-3 sophomore Tomi Dare had eight rebounds and Casey Roberts added five assists.

The Hawks only led 12-10 after 10 minutes, but they found their offensive flow and scored 25 unanswered points over the next 12:30 bridging into the second half to take a 37-10 lead with 17:30 left in the game.

“Lord Fairfax is a few players short right now and that is unfortunate,” Palmer said. “I thought that Lord Fairfax played hard and made it so we had to play. That is a credit to them. This is our second game of three games in three days. That is what it is like during tournament time, so this was a good experience for us.”

Hagerstown 61, Lord Fairfax 23
Hudnall 3 3-4 9, Atkinson 0 0-0 0, Yates 3 0-0 6, Clarke 3 1-2 7, Grant 0 1-2 1. Totals 9 5-8 23.
Broadwater 3 0-0 6, Wheeler 3 1-2 7, Smothers 5 0-0 10, Osongo 0 0-0 0, Sprecher 2 0-0 4, Reynolds 4 0-0 8, Cue 2 1-3 5, Pinkcett 8 1-2 17, Roberts 1 0-0 2, Dare 1 0-0 2. Totals 29 3-7 61.
Halftime — HCC, 30-10.

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