By BOB PARASILITI
11:22 PM EST, January 16, 2013
There are two things the Hagerstown Community College women’s basketball team has to learn.
“Games are played in spurts,” said HCC coach Vicky Bullett. “I’m trying to get my team to learn to understand time and score of a game.”
Unfortunately for the Hawks, they didn’t score enough and time ran out on Tuesday.
TroiQuay Malloy scored 29 points, including eight in the final eight minutes of the game, to keep Dundalk ahead and allow the Lions to pull out a 62-56 Maryland JuCo Conference victory over the Hawks at the HCC athletic complex.
While Malloy supplied most of the grit and offense Dundalk (14-5, 5-2) needed, the Hawks did make it interesting until letting it slip away.
“We tried to contain them, but that three-point foul really hurt us,” Bullett said. “Fouls got us in the end and we had trouble containing them.”
HCC (7-12, 3-5) trailed 57-47 until Katie Sprecher hit a pair of 3s from the top of the key to get the Hawks within four with 3:45 remaining in the game. The Hawks brought out the defense to contest Dundalk’s entry passes to start the run.
The run ended when HCC’s Tiffany Wallace ran into Dundalk’s Tiffany Evans while she was shooting a 3. Evans hit all three free throws at the 3:32 mark to change the momentum of the game and seal the win for the Lions.
The entire game was a test in comebacks for the Hawks as Dundalk took an early 7-2 advantage and forced HCC to fight to stay close. Scoring didn’t come easy for the Hawks, but they managed to stay close, trailing by just 28-22 at the half.
HCC came out more aggressive after the break as Wallace scored a three-point play to start the second half to cut the deficit to three. Dundalk’s Sheonta Camphor scored consecutive layups to re-establish a 33-25 edge.
“We don’t know who our shooters are,” Bullett said. “We have to be able to find them. Tiffany and Sasha (Orr) are our facilitators, but they aren’t recognizing things quick enough.”
HCC closed to within three points twice, but could never head off Dundalk.
Evans finished with 11 points, complementing Malloy’s aggressive moves to the basket and her three 3-pointers.
Sprecher led HCC with 20 points — including four 3s — and 11 rebounds, while Tierra Taylor added 10.
“We couldn’t contain (Malloy),” Bullett said. “She shot so fluidly, especially considering she was playing on the road. We are a young team and we have some injuries, but that is no excuse.”
Dundalk 62, Hagerstown 56
CCBC-DUNDALK (14-5, 8-2)
Malloy 8 10-13 29, Evans 3 3-3 11, Roberts 3 0-0 8, Camphor 3 0-0 6, Eldridge 1 0-3 2, Williams 2 2-6 6. Totals 20 15-21 62.
HAGERSTOWN COM. COLL. (7-12, 3-5)
Taylor 5 0-22 10, Orr 3 1-2 7, Mstowski 4 0-0 8, Burch 1 1-2 3, Sprecher 8 0-0 20, Wallace 2 4-7 8. Totals 23 6-13 56.
Halftime — Dundalk, 28-22. 3-point goals — Dundalk 7 (Malloy 3, Evans 2, Roberts 2), Hagerstown 4 (Sprcher 4). Fouled out — Evans.
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