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McLean County twice connected from downtown in the fourth quarter during a 58-53 win over Hancock County’s Lady Hornets varsity team here Monday.
Hancock County fell to 3-5 on the season, but it’s notable to mention that the girl’s five losses have been by an average of just four points.
“Having the lead with under one minute and losing is hard to take,” HCHS coach Kevin Husk said. “We’re just inexperienced when it comes to closing out games at the end.”
Lily Roberts helped get the Lady Hornets off to a good start when she buried two 3-point baskets in the first quarter. Karmin Riley also hit from long range and Hancock led 13-12 after one. Alyssa Burrough paced McLean during a 14-8 second quarter run for the Lady Cougars. Haven Riley hit from downtown for HCHS, but the visitors led 26-21 at intermission.
The third frame belonged to Hancock County as the offense exploded for 22 points in the quarter. Bailey Poole led the way with eight points, including two 3’s, and Karmin Riley tallied seven points. Emma Morris hit a “3” as well and by the time the horn sounded the Lady Hornets had taken a 43-42 lead heading to the fourth.
Hancock County connected on eight free throw attempts over the final minutes, but it was not enough to overcome a consistent McLean offense that put in 16 points to win by five.
“The refs were letting us play and I’m really proud of how we matched McLean’s physicality,” Husk said.
Karmin Riley led Hancock with 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals, and Bailey Poole had 14 points, one board, one assist and one steal. Haven Riley scored eight points, with three boards, Roberts had seven points, three boards and three assists and three steals, Megan LaClair and Morris had three points each, and Alex Kratzer and Ella House had two each.
Burrough led MCHS with 15 points.
The girls got themselves back in the win column when they dominated the action at Whitesville Trinity on Saturday.
Karmin Riley scored a season-high 26 points to lead Hancock County to a 68-48 victory.
“This might be the best all around team performance on the offensive end I’ve seen from us in a long time,” Husk said. “It’s always fun getting back into the win column after some close losses.”
The contest was closely contested throughout the first half as the Lady Hornets won the opening quarter 9-8. Karmin Riley pumped in nine points in the second, but HCHS led by just four points (30-26) at intermission.
Riley knocked down two 3’s in the third and Poole also hit from deep during a 17-11 run by Hancock County as the lead swelled to 10 points (47-37). LaClair scored five points for HCHS in the fourth and the Lady Hornets outscored the home team 21-11 down the stretch to earn the win.
Karmin Riley hit four 3’s in scoring 26 points (8 of 14 shooting) with six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Poole had 16 points (three 3’s) with three assists and seven steals, and Roberts chipped in 12 points, four boards, three assists and four steals. LaClair had eight points, three boards and two steals, Haven Riley had five points, three boards and two steals, Kratzer had one point, six boards and two steals, and Morris and House had four rebounds each.Cassidy Morris grabbed one board.
Cassidy Morris led Trinity with 23 points.
Meade County came out on top during a hotly contested district contest here Friday. The Lady Waves won 61-57 over the Lady Hornets.
“I love my team and the effort they give every night. We have things to work on, but for us coming off a quarantine and only getting in a few practices, I thought we battled really well against a good team.”
Jenna Gallimore led the way for Meade in the first quarter and the visitors led 17-10 at the buzzer.
Karmin Riley hit two 3’s in the second and Hancock County turned the tables in the second frame, winning 21-12 for a 31-29 halftime advantage.
D Griffen led Meade on an 18-12 run in the third as the lead changed hands once again. House scored two baskets for HCHS before connecting for a “3” in the fourth. Karmin buried one from long range as well, but Griffen and Emily Myers carried the Lady Waves to the four point win.
Karmin Riley led HCHS with 21 points, with three 3’s and four rebounds. House had eight points and five boards, and Roberts had seven points and 10 boards. Poole scored six points with three assists, Kratzer had five and four boards, LaClair had five points and three boards, Morris hit one “3”, and Haven Riley had two points and four boards. Griffen led MCHS with 21 points.
By Steve Wimmer