Women's Basketball: Hawks erase early deficit, notch a victory

January 14, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Hagerstown's Sasha Orr, left, and Miesha Adams, center, go after a rebound as Prince George's Porchia Smith, right, watches the play during Monday night's Maryland JuCo women's basketball game.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Community College women’s basketball team overcame a nine-point deficit in the first half to take a 29-22 halftime lead, then held off a few comeback attempts by Prince George’s in the second half to earn a 62-53 victory on Monday night in a Maryland JuCo Conference game at the HCC athletic complex.

“It is a good confidence-booster every time that we get a win,” Hawks coach Vicky Bullett said. “It was a tough, physical game. I am proud of the kids’ intensity and the way that they were able to stay positive throughout the entire game. We did well on the defensive rebounding part of the game. We were able to keep PG from getting second shots.”

Freshman center Tiffany Wallace led HCC (7-11, 4-4) with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Wallace scored 14 of her points in the second half and also dished off five assists.

“I just thought that I would attack the hole inside. I knew that there was a chance that maybe I could draw a few fouls,” Wallace said. “I think we had a good game. We played as a team and we worked the ball around, so we had a good outcome.

“I feel like the team is getting a closer bond together. We are getting to know each other’s game. I feel we have a lot of potential for the rest of the season.”

“Tiffany played a good game,” Bullett said. “This was her first double-double of the season.”

Miesha Adams had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Kristine Mstowski scored 10 points for the Hawks. Katie Sprecher pulled down 14 rebounds, Sasha Orr had six rebounds and three assists, and reserve Deidre Burch added five rebounds and four assists.

Tiara Smith scored 20 of her game-high 26 points in the second half, while Tashiana Hill added 16 points for Prince George’s (5-12, 1-6). Sabrina Cue and Porchia Smith grabbed eight rebounds each.

“Hagerstown outhustled us in the second half,” Prince George’s coach Tiona Harris said. “We got into a scoring funk and we couldn’t get out of it. I just think they were a little hungrier.”

Hagerstown 62, Prince George’s 53
PRINCE GEORGE’S (5-12, 1-6)
T. Hill 7 1-4 16, T. Smith 9 7-9 26, Holmes 0 0-1 0, J. Hill 1 0-0 2, Arinze 0 0-0 0, Matthews 0 1-2 1, P. Smith 0 0-2 0, Cue 4 0-0 8. Totals 21 9-18 53.
HAGERSTOWN (7-11, 4-4)
Taylor 1 0-0 2, Smothers 1 0-0 2, Orr 3 0-0 8, Adams 7 0-2 14, Mstowski 4 1-4 10, Burch 1 0-0 2, Sprecher 3 0-0 6, Wallace 6 6-11 18. Totals 26 7-17 62.
Halftime — Hagerstown, 29-22. 3-point goals — Prince George’s 2 (T. Hill, T. Smith), Hagerstown 3 (Orr 2, Mstowski).

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