Hancock County went on a 23-0 run in the second half to win 76-36 over a tough Cloverport Aces team at HCHS Monday.
Devyn Powers helped the Hornets get out early when the senior hit a “3” and scored seven points in the opening quarter. The Hornets pushed to lead to double digits in the second frame behind the shooting of Kaleb Keown, Powers, Ryan Ogle and Jack Duncan, but the Aces answered.
Cloverport went on a nice run that was led by Cole Weatherholt, Dorsey Emery and Nathan Poole. The Aces got right back into the game and were within four points during the second quarter before the Hornets pushed the lead back to 10. Emery canned a 25-footer at the buzzer to make the score 34-27 at intermission.
Powers scored on an assist by Cole Dixon to begin the second half and the two seniors did it again when Powers hit Dixon on a long pass for another basket.
Thaddeus Hall later scored to bring the Aces to within six points (40-34) and that’s when the Hornets got serious. Hancock County scored from inside and out during a 23-0 run that turned a close game into a blowout.
Hancock County shot 64% from the field on the way to the 40-point win.
Keown had 21 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Powers scored 18, with four boards, four assists and two steals, Ogle had 15 points and seven boards, Dixon had 14, with four boards, four assists and two steals, and Duncan had eight points and two rebounds. Luke Brown had three boards and two assists, Alex Madden grabbed two boards, Dylan Morris had one rebound and one dime, and Camden Lucas pulled down a board.
Weatherholt finished with 17 points to lead the Aces and Emery scored seven. Hall, Poole and Conner Lagadinos all had four each.
A comeback bid fell short for the Hornets when Daviess County won 61-59 at HCHS Tuesday.
The Panthers used the long ball to build an early lead, with four 3’s over the first eight minutes. Ryan Ogle buried two 3’s himself but DCHS led 18-12 at the first horn. The two teams played evenly throughout the second frame and the halftime score was 29-23.
Kaleb Keown and Cole Dixon led the Hornet offense in the third, but the visitors won the frame 17-16.
Dixon and Devyn Powers both turned it on in the fourth and Luke Brown hit a “3” as Hancock County charged back. Dixon converted two convention 3-point plays down the stretch and the Hornets trailed 55-54 with under two minutes remaining. That’s as close they would get. The Panthers scored at the rim and from the line to escape with the win.
Dixon had 16 points, four rebounds and four assists, Keown had 13 points and eight boards, Ogle had 13 points and six boards, Powers had 12 points with five boards, Brown had three points, two boards and three assists, and Dylan Morris had two points and two steals.
Evan Hillard led DCHS with 19 points.
By Steve Wimmer