From the HCC sports desk:
BEL AIR, Md.—Five players scored 20+ points during the Harford men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader against the College of Southern Maryland on Saturday as the women Fighting Owls (5-12, 2-7) earned a 57-40 win over the Hawks (1-11, 0-5 MDJUCO) and the men Fighting Owls (11-7, 5-5 MDJUCO) fell to the Hawks (9-8, 6-4 MDJUCO), 104-94.
Freshmen Alanza Brown (Chester, Va./Thomas Dale) and Denard Dickens (Williamsburg, Va./Warhill) tallied 26 and 21 points, respectively for the Fighting Owls and Ashley Farmer totaled 21 points for the Hawk women, but Rob Shannon and Devin Posey stole the show on Saturday as they posted 44- and 32-point totals in the Hawks’ victory over the Harford men.
The duo combined for almost three-quarters of the Hawks’ 104 points, including 45 of their 57 second-half points. Harford was down by just three points, 47-44, at the half, but could not find a defensive answer to Shannon (18-for-25 FG, 8-for-14 FT) or Posey (11-for-19 FG, 10-for-13 FT). The six-man Southern Maryland squad outscored the Owls 57-50 in the second period thanks to Shannon’s 27 and Posey’s 18 points, even playing with just four men for the final minute and change after two players fouled out.
Southern Maryland quickly built a double-digit lead after play resumed in the second stanza and Harford would break that barrier on a few occasions, but would come no closer than seven points, 84-77, as the Hawks rolled to the 104-94 win.
Dickens lead the way with 21 points on 9-for-14 shooting including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc, while freshman Jahmahl Slater (Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville) and sophomore John Schwarz (Perry Hall, Md./Perry Hall/Mount. St. Mary’s) each tallied a double-double with Slater totaling 14 points and 12 rebounds and Schwarz putting up 10 points and 10 rebounds. Shannon grabbed five rebounds and swiped eight balls to go along with his 44, while Posey had seven boards and six assists to complement his 32 points. Paul Wilson also tallied a double-double for the Hawks with 11 points and 13 boards.
On the women’s side, the Owls held the Hawks to just 18 first half points, while scoring 25 of their own. After some struggles around seven minutes into the second half, which saw Southern Maryland take their only lead of the game, Harford wrestled back the lead and maintained its advantage for the remainder of the game, building the Hawk deficit to as much as 20-points, 57-37, on the way to the 57-40 victory.
Brown led Harford with 26 points and added five steals and four rebounds, while sophomore Kiara Reeves (Aberdeen, Md./C. Milton Wright) totaled 16 points, eight rebounds and seven steals and Ashley Farmer tacked on nine steals and five rebounds to go with her team-high 21 points for the Hawks.
The Fighting Owl women return to action on Monday when they will look to avenge an earlier loss as they host Frederick at 5:00 p.m. Both the Harford men and women will travel to Columbia on Wednesday as they take on Howard in a doubleheader with the women tipping off at 5:30 p.m. and the men following at 7:30 p.m.