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Lady Hornets returned to action on Tuesday after being under quarantine the past week. The varsity girls battled closely with Central Hardin, only to fall 43-41 at HCHS. The visitors took the early lead, winning the opening quarter 12-7. Haven Riley kept the Lady Hornets close with four points in the frame. Full story in Hancock Clarion .
Hancock County (2-3) turned the game around in the second with a combination of offense and defense. Karmin Riley and Karmin Riley scored four points each and Lily Roberts and Bailey Poole added two each for the home team. Coach Kevin Husk’s team clamped down on the defensive end, allowing just two points for Central Hardin as the Lady Hornets enjoyed a 20-14 lead at halftime.
The third quarter told a completely differently. The Lady Bruins’ Monica Lindsey got loose, scoring nine points on drives to the basket as Central Hardin’s defense forced multiple turnovers. The result was a 16-8 advantage in the quarter and a 30-28 lead for the visitors.
Hancock County struggled to protect the ball in the fourth, but stayed close by getting to the foul line. Poole led the way by scoring six points in the final frame, and the Lady Hornets pulled to within two points on a layup by Poole as time expired.
Hancock County connected on 23 of 33 free throw attempts. Central Hardin made 10 of 22 from the line.
Poole led the Lady Hornets with 10 points, three rebounds and one steal. Roberts scored nine points, with eight boards and two steals, and Karmin Riley had nine points on 9 of 10 foul shots. She added four boards and two steals.
Haven Riley finished with seven points, six boards and two steals, House had four points and four boards, Alex Kratzer had two points, four boards and two steals, Megan LaClair had three boards and two steals, and Emma Morris made two steals. Lindsey finished with 14 points to lead Central Hardin.
The Central Hardin junior varsity team had its way with Hancock County during Tuesday’s early game. The visitors win by a score of 49-24.
The first half was competitive. The Lady Bruins won the first quarter 12-9 and eased out to a 23-18 advantage at halftime. The second half was all Central Hardin, as they outscored HCHS 26-6 over the final 16 minutes.
Ella House led HCHS with eight points, and Hannah Jackson scored six. Layni Roberts had four, Emma Morris hit a “3” Audrey Gorman had two points, and Kendra Keown hit a free throw.
Juliana Stith and Madison Wilcox led the Lady Bruins with 12 points each.