Lily Roberts scored 18 points and the Lady Hornets varsity played well on the defensive end of the court to win 50-35 over McLean County here Saturday.
“I thought we played our best overall team defense of the year,” HCHS coach Kevin Husk said. “We’ve been battling sickness all week and only had one practice with everyone there. To overcome that and our poor shooting and still win like we did was great.”
Bailey Poole and Roberts both hit 3’s and scored five points each as Hancock County took a 12-8 lead after one quarter. Roberts scored another five in the second and Alexis Gay and Ella House chipped in offensively as the Lady Hornets built a 22-13 advantage at halftime.
Hancock County continued to play tough defense in the second half. The Lady Hornets banked another “3” when Poole hit from downtown and the lead grew to 15 points after three quarters. The Lady Hornets sank 10 of 12 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
“This team can be so good! We just need to continue to get better each game. I look forward to the day they believe that even against the better teams we face,” the coach said.
Hancock County shot just 28% from the field, but limited McLean to 24% shooting.
Roberts had nine rebounds, two assists and two steals to go with her game-high 18 points. Poole finished with 15 points, two boards and two assists, House had 10 points, 14 boards, five assists and three steals, Gay had six points and two boards, Layni Roberts had one point, three boards and two steals, Kendra Keown had five rebounds and two blocks, Emma Morris had three boards and one steal.
The Lady Hornets took control from the opening tip and went on to win by a final score of 51-5 over Cloverport here Monday.
“The girls did a great job with continuing to bring the effort on the defensive end. They played selflessly and did a good job of looking for one another on offense. It was great to get everyone in the game and see everyone score,” coach Husk said.
The Lady Aces found the going rough against the tough Hancock defense. The Lady Hornets shot 37% from the field while limiting Cloverport to 12% shooting.
House led Hancock with 15 points, five boards and two steals. Layni Roberts had seven points and four steals, Poole scored six, with two boards and two assists, Lily Roberts had five points and three boards, Keown had three points, two assists and two steals, Allyson McCormick had two points, six rebounds and two steals, Taylor Johnson had three points and one rebound, Morris had two points, two boards, four assists and two steals, Jadan Roberts had two points, two boards and four steals, Gay, Izzy Ross and Aubrey Meserve had two points and two rebounds each.
Johnnie Taul scored three points for Cloverport. Calleigh Roach had two.
By Steve Wimmer