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The Lady Hornets took the lead during the second quarter then pulled away to win by 15 points (49-34) over Ohio County on Monday at the Sportscenter in Owensboro.
“I’m really proud of these girls and of how they bounced back from a tough loss in the state tournament. They were focused and played great defense,” HCHS coach Kevin Husk said.
The Lady Eagles hit three times from beyond the arc in the first quarter and Karmin Riley countered for HCHS with seven points. The Hancock County defense got better as the game progressed, as the girls held Ohio County to under 10 points in the second and third quarters.
Bailey Poole led the Lady Hornets with six points in the second frame while Haven Riley and Ella House each hit 3’s. Hancock County led 23-18 at halftime.
Karmin Riley canned another “3” in the third and House scored four points, but it was the Lady Hornet defense that made the difference by holding Ohio County to just four points in the quarter. Hancock County led 34-22 over three and increased the margin to 15 points by winning the final frame 15-12. Karmin and Bailey combined to make 9 of 11 foul shots down the stretch to secure the victory.
“Karmin and Bailey were impressive off the dribble,” Husk said. “Their teammates did a great job of screening, rebounding, defending and communicating. It was a complete team effort and everyone played their role really well.”
Karmin Riley led all scorers with 21 points (two 3’s), and Poole scored 17, with two 3’s. House scored seven points, and Haven Riley had three.
Addie Bullock led OCHS with 10 points.
All “A” state
The Lady Hornets run in the All “A” state tournament came to an end when they lost 58-48 at Crittenden County on Saturday.
“We went into this game feeling lie we had a good chance to do something special and we just came up short. We missed several shots that you have to make if you want to be one of the final four teams, but you can’t fault my team’s effort,” coach Husk said.
The home team took a 14-10 lead in the first quarter and increased that to 22-17 at halftime. Hancock County battled back to win the third frame 16-15 when Karmin Riley and Lily Roberts hit 3’s and House scored two field goals. Crittenden controlled the fourth quarter (21-15) to secure the 10 point win.
“We got down 11 points half way through the 3rd quarter and it was about to get out of hand, but our girls refused to let that happen and went on a 9-0 run,” Husk said. “The community should be very proud of this team.”
Hancock County shot 31.7% from the field and were 5 of 17 from beyond the arc. They made 3 of 8 foul shots. Crittenden shot 45% and made 14 of 22 from the line.
Karmin scored 16 points, with one assist and two steals, and Poole had 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. House had seven points, Haven Riley had five and two boards, Roberts had four points, seven boards and three steals, Alex Kratzer had four points, two boards, one assist and one steal, and Megan LaClair had two points, three boards and two assists. Emma Morris had one board and one steal.
Taylor Guess led CCHS with 18 points.
Grayson County grabbed the early lead and held on for a 50-45 win over Hancock County on Senior Night at HCHS last Thursday. Lady Hornets seniors celebrated were Alex Kratzer, Megan LaClair and Haven Riley.
Hancock County players struggled to find their range in the early going and the Lady Cougars took advantage by winning the opening frame 12-4. The Lady Hornets upped the scoring in the second, but trailed 30-20 at halftime.
The Hancock defense stepped up in the third and held the visitors to just six points. The Lady Hornets scored 12 points and trimmed the margin to four points, trailing 36-32 heading to the fourth. Poole tallied seven points over the final eight minutes and Haven Riley hit a big “3” as Grayson held on to win by five.
Poole had 13 points, one board, one assist and two steals, and Karmin Riley had nine points, two boards, one assist and three steals. Haven Riley had eight points and four rebounds, House had five points, one board and two steals, Roberts had four points, six boards, two assists and one steal, Morris had three points, LaClair had two points and one board, and Kratzer had one point, two boards and one steal.
Ella Robinson led GCHS with 20 points.
By Steve Wimmer