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Women's Basketball: Orr helps HCC head upstream

February 12, 2013|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com
  • Hagerstown Community College's Kristine Mstowski, center, lunges in an attempt to steal the ball from Howard's Preche't Harris while the Dragons' Lakeisha Taylor looks for an opening on Tuesday during the Hawks' 60-46 victory in a Maryland JuCo Conference tournament play-in game.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Community College women’s basketball team stole a page from the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive line on Tuesday.

The Hawks used their own version of an “Orr” to take down Howard from the blind side.

Sasha Orr sneaked into the lane to give the sixth-seeded Hawks added support on defense and opened holes down the floor with her speed for layups as Hagerstown notched a 60-46 victory over visiting Howard in a Maryland JuCo Conference play-in game.

Orr scored 11 of her team-high 20 points in the second half and added four of her six assists to help the Hawks (14-12) keep their distance from the Dragons and advance to meet Montgomery-Rockville, the third seed, in the tournament quarterfinals on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Harford Community College.

Orr paddled the Hawks in the right direction in the second half, though, just by using her speed.

“I think my speed affected them a lot,” Orr said. “They couldn’t keep up with me and it started them thinking about me. That opened up my teammates more. All I was thinking was that we had to work hard to get to the regionals.”

Hagerstown jumped out to a 23-13 lead with 6:50 remaining in the first half, but then hit an offensive funk.

Howard (5-17), seeded 11th,  closed with a 12-6 run to close the half, holding Hagerstown to just four foul shots and one basket in the closing minutes to close the deficit to 29-25.

After the Dragons cut HCC’s lead to 31-28 with 18:13 remaining in the game, Orr started to put down the accelerator.

“She’s been doing it all,” said Hagerstown coach Vicky Bullett. “She’s been playing like a D-1 player and has improved in leaps and bounds. She did everything. I don’t know how she can play at that speed for 40 minutes.”

Katie Sprecher started the Hawks’ takeover with a follow shot to start a 19-8 run as the Hawks took a 50-37 lead with 7:55 remaining.

Orr scored nine points in the run and dealt off two assists for baskets by Diedre Burch. The biggest move came on the defensive end as Hagerstown went to a zone defense to cut down on Howard’s penetration.

“We just started sagging inside on defense and started reaching in to cut down the lane,” Orr said. “We were trying to get on the ball and overplay them because they couldn’t deal with our quickness.”

Bullett sent Orr in on the sneak attack.

“We played the zone and had Sasha go inside and help as much as she could,” Bullett said. “We clamped down and contested their shots.”

Hagerstown forced Howard into 15 second-half turnovers. The Hawks allowed the Dragons to close to within 53-44 before using a 7-2 run in the final 3:44 to ice the victory.

Burch finished with 15 points for Hagerstown. Lakeisha Taylor led Howard with 17 points, while Parris Preston finished with 14.

Hagerstown 60, Howard 46
HOWARD (5-16)
Pinckney 3 1-3 8, Preston 7 0-0 14, Taylor 7 3-8 17, Harris 1 0-0 2, Hight 2 0-0 5. Totals 20 4-11 46.
HAGERSTOWN (13-12)
Connolly 0 1-2 1, Orr 7 5-6 20, Adams 2 0-2 4, Mstowski 3 0-0 6, Burch 5 3-4 15, Sprecher 2 2-2 7, Wallace 3 1-4 7. Totals 22 12-20 60.
Halftime — Hagerstown 29, Howard 25. 3-point goals — Howard 2 (Pinckney, Hight), Hagerstown 4 (Burch 2, Orr, Sprecher). Technical foul — Howard bench.

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