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Women's Basketball: HCC opens season with a Bullett

November 05, 2012|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — No matter how momentous or ordinary a first is, it boils down to one thing.

It’s only a starting point.

The Hagerstown Community College women’s basketball team defeated Potomac State 80-58 on Monday in its season opener. It was the first game for HCC’s new head coach Vicky Bullett and the majority of the Hawks roster.

But firsts don’t last.

“Coaches are never satisfied,” said Bullett. “Basketball is a game of runs, but we didn’t defend very well. When coaches see the things that they worked on all week before a game, they aren’t happy, but they have to be patient.”

Bullett will have a year’s worth of patience ahead of her as she opened her first season of coaching the Hawks, replacing Marlys Palmer after 32 years on the bench.

Palmer, the majority of HCC’s coaching staffs and about 300 fans showed up for the opening of the Hawks’ new era. They witnessed a game in which HCC started quickly and then leveled off to the point where it only maintained a lead against the Catamounts.

Tiffany Wallace led HCC with 16 points, while Katie Sprecher — one of only two returning players — had 11 and Siera Leacock added 10 points to lead the way.

Potomac State took a 3-0 lead to open the game on the first of Jenna McAtee’s four 3-pointers at the 18:09 mark of the first half.

HCC countered with a transition attack that ran off a 19-4 scoring streak over the next six minutes to give it a 12-point lead it never relinquished. Potomac State needed two timeouts to slow down the Hawks.

Sprecher scored five points in the flurry and Wallace started to establish herself on the blocks to give HCC a level of control.

“Katie is always steady,” Bullett said. “No one could contain (Wallace) on the blocks, but she’s got to hit more shots.”

HCC led 43-29 at the half as the advantage rocked to as high as 16 in the first half.

The Catamounts tried to make a run in the second half and actually cut the deficit to 48-39 with 15:18 to go in the game on one of Lindsey Miller’s three 3s.

“Some of it was first-game jitters,” Bullett said. “All these kids are the right caliber of player. It’s tough for a coach to get everyone rotated in. We have to find a rhythm and I got to find a five that will play defense. We don’t rebound well and if we can’t play defense, we can’t run the transition.”

HCC slowly began to pull away as Leacock hit a 3 to give the Hawks a 55-41 lead with 9:59 remaining. The advantage swelled to 18 — 68-50 — on a Sprecher layup with 4:13 to go.

The Hawks closed the game on a 8-0 run in the final 2:12, capped by four points by Katie Connelly to finish the 22-point win.

McAtee led all scorers with 24 points while Miller added 11.

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