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Women's Basketball: Cougars' experience pays off vs. HCC

December 12, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Community College women’s basketball team came up a little bit short in a battle with the Frederick Community College Cougars, falling 59-50 in Wednesday night’s Maryland JuCo Conference tilt at the HCC athletic complex.

“We have got to persevere,” HCC coach Vicky Bullett said. “The kids are trying to learn the game. Frederick has a lot of experienced players. We had too many turnovers and mistakes. Frederick just hit the boards real good. They played a lot more aggressive than we did.”

Shakena Williams scored 14 of her 17 points in the second half, while 6-foot-1 center Jourdan Stanhope added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Frederick (7-6, 2-2). Kia Whitley contributed 12 points and 11 assists, while Jasmine Walker grabbed 11 rebounds for the Cougars.

“I think our defense and our rebounding made a significant difference,” Frederick coach Caitlin Brauer said. “I thought our front line did a good job on the boards. Kia did a good job running the offense and managing the game. This was our fifth game in a row where we did not give up when the going got tough.”

Sophomore forward Katie Sprecher came through with game-high totals of 18 points and 14 rebounds for HCC (3-8, 1-2).

According to Bullett, it was Sprecher’s third double-double of the season. Freshman point guard Sasha Orr added nine points and six assists.

HCC kept things close deep into the second half, trailing Frederick 46-43 with 6:30 remaining.

“They are very disciplined,” Brauer said. “They have about four or five people that can shoot the ball. They are relentless with the offensive rebounds. They have a lot of talent and potential. They have just got to keep working.”

The Cougars outscored the Hawks 13-7 down the stretch. Williams had seven points in the closing minutes for Frederick.

Sprecher scored 14 points in the first half, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer, as the Hawks went into the locker room trailing 31-30.

Both teams shot well from the foul line. HCC made 15 of 18, while Frederick sank 11 of 14.

“We have just got to make better decisions and be more patient on offense,” Bullett said. “We have got a few tough games coming up. We have just got to get back on track mentally.”

Frederick 59, HCC 50
FREDERICK (7-6, 2-2)
Whitley 4 4-4 12, Shirk 3 2-2 8, Cooper 1 0-0 2, Stanhope 6 2-2 14, Sanders 1 0-1 2, Williams 7 3-5 17, Walker 2 0-0 4. Totals 24 11-14 59.
HAGERSTOWN (3-8, 1-2)
Taylor 1 0-0 2, Smothers 0 0-0 0, Orr 3 2-4 9, Adams 0 0-0 0, Mstowski 2 0-0 6, Burch 2 2-2 8, Sprecher 5 6-6 18, Leacock 0 0-0 0, Wallace 1 5-6 7. Totals 14 15-18 50.
Halftime — Frederick, 31-30. 3-point goals — HCC 7 (Orr, Mstowski 2, Burch 2, Sprecher 2).

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