Harford CC women's basketball team beats Frederick, but suffers first loss at home

Despite playing without its starting point guard, the No. 25 Harford Community College women's basketball team (19-2, 8-1 MD JUCO) never trailed in an 85-71 victory at Frederick (13-9, 5-6 MD JUCO) on Saturday. The Fighting Owls were forced to play with just six players in the win.

Harford's sophomore floor general Shelby Key suffered an ankle injury in Thursday's loss to ASA, and head coach Ashley Sammons held her out of the weekend contest. In her absence, Tiffany Taylor and Capree Garner each scored 29 points and recorded double-doubles in the victory. Garner pulled in 12 boards while Taylor added 10.

Bree Lewis battled through her nagging injury to score nine points and grab eight caroms. The Fighting Owls outrebounded the Cougars 40-34. Rachel Cocoros and Na'Kya Keitt chipped in with eight points each.

Owls lose at home

The Fighting Owls saw their season-best 10-game win streak snapped with its first loss in the APGFCU Arena on Thursday, a 72-64 loss to ASA Institute (16-3). The Fighting Owls were held to 31.6 percent shooting, their second-worst of the season.

The Avengers outrebounded Harford 53-38 and forced 19 turnovers. ASA used an 11-0 run in the first half to take a 30-21 lead and settled for a 34-25 halftime advantage. After extending their lead to 16 points, its biggest of the night, 47-31 at 13:44 in the second half, ASA's advantage began to disappear thanks to the stingy Harford defense.

Harford went on a 24-3 run midway in the second half to take a 55-50 lead. The Fighting Owls went eight for nine from the floor, two for two from behind the arc and six for six from the free throw line in that six-minute span. The defense caused five steals and seven turnovers, while holding ASA to one for five shooting.

Cocoros and Key both tallied eight points in that spurt. Cocoros connected on a pair of triples and a fast break lay-up, while Key got her work in at the free throw line while also handing out three assists with three steals. Garner had six points and three assists in that amazing run, too.

The Avengers regained composure, though, and took the lead for good at the 3:40 mark and then iced it at the free throw line late.

Overall, Garner led the way with 20 points and nine rebounds. She shot only seven of 21 from the floor while committing 11 turnovers in the loss. Taylor recorded a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Cocoros finished with 12 points while Key chipped in with eight markers and four steals.

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