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Evan Ferry tied the game with a “3” then stole the ball and passed to Devyn Powers, who scored the winning basket in the Hornets 63-61 victory over district rival Meade County at Brandenburg Saturday.
“They jumped on us early and often but we kept chipping away. Evan and Darian (Clay) were huge down the stretch,” HCHS coach Mike Orr said. “I was really proud of this win.”
Hancock County (6-10) got off to a slow start as they fell behind by 10 points in the first quarter. The Green Wave connected three times from 3-point land early on and led 17-10 at the horn. Ferry got going in the second, scoring seven of the team’s 13 points in the period. Darian Clay chipped in four points and Meade led 33-20 at halftime.
The Hornets began to build momentum in the third when Devyn Powers buried two 3’s and Kaleb Keown scored seven points. Hancock won the frame 24-20, but still trailed 53-44 heading to the fourth.
Ferry, Ryan Ogle and Powers carried the offensive load for the Hornets during the final frame and Meade’s lead was trimmed to three points with under a minute to play. The Hornets were at the foul line when Clay rebounded a missed attempt and kicked it out to Ferry. The junior let fly from beyond the arc and suddenly the game was tied. The Hornets put the pressure on defensively and Ferry came up with a steal. Ferry passed the ball to Powers who scored the game-winning layup.
The Hornets made 26 of 48 field goal attempts for 54.2% shooting. They were 4 of 15 from 3-point range and 7 of 10 from the foul line. Meade shot 49% from the field, 10 of 20 from beyond the arc and 5 of 10 from the stripe.
Ferry finished with a game-high 23 points on 7 of 10 shooting, with two 3’s, one board and one steal. Powers had 13 points (two 3’s) and three boards, Clay had 12 points and 10 boards, Ogle had eight points and four boards, and Keown had seven points and five boards.
The Hornets played toe-to-toe with Owensboro Catholic during a 50-41 loss to the Aces here Monday.
“We had our opportunities down the stretch against one of the top three teams in the region. There’s no shame in our effort and I like the way we’re playing. We’re almost there,” coach Orr said.
Hancock County played well throughout and Kaleb Keown led a 9-8 first quarter run by the Hornets. Catholic eased ahead in the second to lead 21-19 at halftime.
Darian Clay got hot in the third, scoring six points, and Ryan Ogle chipped in five when the Hornets tied the score at 33-33. The Aces jumped back in front when Brian Griffith hit a barrage of 3’s early in the fourth quarter. The Hornets had their chances down the stretch, but the iron was unkind to the home team in this one.
Hancock County made 13 of 42 attempts for 31% shooting. They were 2 of 21 from long range and 13 of 23 from the stripe. Catholic shot 41.5% from the field and 77% from the foul line.
Clay led HCHS with 14 points and 16 rebounds, and Keown finished with 11 points and nine boards. Devyn Powers had nine points, seven boards and two assists, Ogle had five points and three boards, and Evan Ferry had two points, two boards and three assists.
By Steve Wimmer