Women's Basketball: HCC's Palmer gets fitting end to home tenure

February 22, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — This time, it was Marlys Palmer’s last stand at the HCC athletic complex.

The Hagerstown Community College women’s basketball team gave Palmer a proper sendoff on Wednesday as the Hawks defeated Nothern Virginia 63-33 in what was Palmer’s final final game at HCC in her 33-year career.

Still, Palmer tried to downplay the situation.

“I don’t think that was the important thing,” she said. “The important thing was that the team played really well. We’re trying to get better on defense. We practice defense every day. With three minutes left, Northern Virginia had only scored three points in the second half. Offensively, we are doing OK.”

The final game was originally on Feb. 1 because Wednesday’s NOVA contest was in flux. There was a possibility it would be cancelled, but HCC needed the competition since the Region XX tournament is still three weeks off.

Sophomore guard Kishia Jackson scored 12 points — all on 3-pointers — to go with four assists to lead HCC (23-4).

“We were passing the ball around and I got the open shots,” Jackson said. “Everyone contributed. I didn’t think about it tonight. Actually, I just let it come to me. The coach told us to focus on defense tonight and then our offense would come. We were trying to play an aggressive defense and then that would open up our offense.

“We still have a lot of work to do on defense. But our practices lately have been more intense. If we want to win, we have to work hard.”

But, Jackson’s scoring was also a good sign.

“It was good to see Kishia have a good game tonight,” Palmer said. “She went 4-for-5 from beyond the arc.”

Alessandra Flores also had 12 points for the Hawks, while Katie Sprecher added 10 points and seven rebounds. Yolonda Pinkcett hauled down 15 rebounds and Sabrina Cue grabbed eight rebounds, while Casey Roberts dished off four assists for the Hawks.

Carlie Zirkle led Northern Virginia (11-9) with 15 points.

“We obviously didn’t shoot the ball well,” NOVA coach Wayne Vincent said. “It was a bad night for us. All of the credit should go to coach Palmer and her team. She has done a tremendous job here.”

HCC built a 23-13 lead in the opening 10:43 of the game, building to a 38-22 advantage by halftime.

The Hawks led 63-25 — their largest lead of the game — with 3:21 remaining.

HCC 63, Northern Virginia 33
Gilliom 9, Zirkle 15, Cummins 1, Hilliard 2, Cantrell 6. Totals 8 13-18 33.
Jackson 12, Broadwater 2, Smothers 5, Sprecher 10, Reynolds 4, Cue 2, Pinkcett 6, Roberts 4, Flores 12, Dare 6. Totals 27 3-9 63.
Halftime—HCC, 38-22. 3-point goals—Northern Virginia 4 (Gilliom, Zirkle 2, Cantrell). HCC 6 (Jackson 4, Flores 2).

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