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The 7th grade Hornets took the lead early and never trailed during a 50-22 win over Cannelton on Tuesday at Hancock County Middle School
It was the opening game of basketball season for the young Hornets. “We’ve been practicing on-and-off since the first of December… see full story in the Hancock Clarion
and finally got a game in,” HCMS coach Keith French said. “We’ve been off for 14 days and just came back today. It’s been so long… I call a play and they have no idea what I’m talking about.”
Jack Roberts scored 10 points to lead a first quarter barrage by Hancock County. Cade Herndon and TJ Artis chipped in four points each and the Hornets led 22-5.
The Bulldogs found their range in the second frame when Conan Kellems and Rylan Snyder each made 3-point baskets. Jacob Shultz countered with two breakaway hoops and the Hornets led 31-13 at halftime.
The third quarter belonged to HCMS as Roberts hit a “3” then worked the inside for nine points in the frame. Artis scored two more buckets and the Hornet defense held the visitors scoreless. Cannelton battled back in the fourth when Caleb Hulse took over and Jevin Jaggers did work under the basket. The ‘dogs won the final frame 9-4 as time expired.
“We have a really good bunch of kids and I thought they played well tonight,” French said. “We ran the ball really well and our defense was really good. Our defense won us this game.”
Roberts led all scorers with 22 points (two 3’s), while Artis and Shultz scored eight each. Herndon had four points, and Cooper Jones, Van Reska, Camden Criss and Eli Embry all had two each
Kellems (two 3’s) and Hulse scored six points each to lead Cannelton. Jaggers had five, Snyder scored three and Gage Garrett had two.
By Steve Wimmer