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HCC women fall short in MD JUCO title game

The Harford Community College women's basketball team dropped the 2014 MD JUCO Championship game against rival Baltimore City on Monday, 61-58, at Prince George's Community College in Largo. The Fighting Owls were held to their lowest point total of the season in just their sixth loss.

Dasha Moore netted a career-high 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting. Capree Garner added 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Connor Hanley (Bel Air) chipped in with nine points and 14 boards.

Harford was held to 27.6 percent shooting in the loss.

Harford returns home for Sophomore Night on Wednesday against Northern Virginia at 5 p.m. The Fighting Owls will then focus on Baltimore City for the third time this season. The winner of Friday's Region XX Championship will advance to the NJCAA District Tournament, while the loser's season will end.

Two more wins

Harford advanced to the championship with a win over Frederick on Sunday, 72-57.

The Fighting Owls jumped out to a 40-24 halftime lead after shooting 48.6 percent from the floor. Harford also outrebounded the taller Cougar squad, 50-41 overall.

The nation's leading scorer, Garner, totaled 32 points on 13-of-23 shooting while pulling in a game-high 11 rebounds. Monique Cheek continued her solid conference tourney run with 12 points and five helpers while Ashley Smith added 10 points and six assists.

Harford's opening game was played Saturday, a 96-44 victory over Southern Maryland in the quarterfinal round.

Cheek was the star of the day with a near triple-double. She tallied 17 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in the playoff win.

Garner led all scorers with 26 points, while Smith added 23 points and eight assists. Hanley chipped in with 12 points while Chrineisha Tedder added 11 rebounds.

The Fighting Owls went 18-for-21 from the free-throw line and totaled 26 assists against just 14 turnovers.

HCC men ousted

Just one season after a magical run into the MD JUCO Finals, this year's Harford men's basketball team was eliminated last week in the opening round of the tourney by host Prince George's, 72-63.

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