By WILL ROBINSON
11:53 PM EST, November 28, 2012
HCC’s womens basketball team earned its second win of the season in a huge way, blowing out Allegany College of Maryland 81-41 in Wednesday’s Maryland JuCo Conference matchup.
The Hawks (2-6, 1-1), who hadn’t won since defeating Potomac State on Nov. 5, fired on all cylinders Wednesday.
HCC started the game on an 11-3 run before Allegamy’s first timeout, only to stretch that lead to 25-12 with 9:05 remaining in the first half.
“This game was a booster for our confidence,” said HCC coach Vicky Bullett. “Any time you win it boosts your confidence, clears your mind and gets you ready for the next game.”
HCC continued to pour the offense on in the first half, taking a 49-16 lead at the break. Seven Hawks scored at least four points in the frame, led by Miesha Adams’s nine. Sasha Orr added seven points and Kristen Mstowski and Ashley Smothers each added six.
“Today was complete,” said Bullett. “I’m giving all of the girls a chance to play. Games like this allow the girls to explore and find their best opportunites out on the court.”
Meanwhile, Allegany couldn’t find its stroke. The Trojans (0-9, 0-3) went on a six-minute scoring drought after their second timeout, scoring their 13th point on a free throw by Monique Rhodes with 3:08 left in the half. Allegany shot 4-for-20 from the field in the first half.
“We didn’t play a good first half,” said Allegany coach Bethany Sindy. “(HCC) shot well in transition and shut down one of our better transition shooters in (Madison) Nightengale. We played a better all-around team game in the second half, but the big lead HCC took drowned us.”
HCC didn’t let up in the second half as the Hawks continued to shoot at will. Adams and Mstowski hit three more buckets each, bringing their totals to 15 and 12 points, respectively. Adams also had seven rebounds and three assists.
Tiffany Wallace had 10 points, five rebounds and three assists, Orr had 10 points, five rebounds and six assists and Tyana Monette had six points and five rebounds for the Hawks.
“We moved the ball well, shot well and we were more organized offensively. This was a good game for us,” Bullett said.
Rhodes led Allegany with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Derica Souder had eight points, Parris Duncan had eight points and six rebounds and Nightengale had six points and six rebounds for the Trojans.
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