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The Lady Hornets went on a 20-6 second quarter run then closed the door in the fourth quarter during a 56-39 win at Metcalfe County in a round one game of the All “A” Classic state tournament Tuesday.
Hancock County will advance to play Crittenden County this Saturday at 5pm in a quarterfinal matchup at Marion.
“I’m extremely proud of this group and so happy for them,” HCHS coach Kevin Husk said.
“It’s been 21 years since we made it to the All “A” state and 23 years since we’ve won a game in the tournament. These girls deserve all of the credit! They work so hard and are just all around great people.”
Karmin Riley canned two 3’s for the Hornets but the home team led 13-12 after one quarter. Bailey Poole heated up from long range in the second period and Hancock County took the lead for good. Poole buried three 3’s and Ella House hit one during a 20-6 run for the ladies.
Metcalfe tried to claw their way back in the third quarter when Hancock County slowed offensively. The home standing Lady Hornets won the frame 11-6, before the visiting Lady Hornets sealed the win in the fourth. Hancock County connected on 11 of 14 foul shots down the stretch to secure the victory and to advance in the state tourney for small schools.
Poole finished with 18 points (four 3’s) to lead HCHS. Riley scored 13 (two 3’s) with five rebounds, House had nine points and five boards, Lily Roberts had seven points and eight rebounds, Megan LaClair four points and five boards, Alex Kratzer two points and four boards, Haven Riley two points and three boards, and Emma Morris one point and two steals.
Jaycie Harper led Metcalfe with 19 points.