The Lady Hornets followed up their big win last week with another huge victory when they won the All “A” Classic 3rd Region Tournament at Cloverport on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Hancock County came from behind to win 37-26 over Edmonson County in the title game.
“I thought we looked a little flat at times, which was probably from how much Monday took out of us,” HCHS coach Kevin Husk said. “Our defense carried us and our team stuck together, never pointed fingers or blamed anyone. Instead, they found a way to win. I’m so proud of them!”
Hancock’s defense held the Lady Cats down early on as the Lady Hornets won the first quarter 7-4. Edmonson County turned it around in the second with their big lineup and a strong 3-2 zone. The Lady Cats’ defense would not allow drives to the basket and the Lady Hornets could not hit from outside. The result was a 10-2 win in the frame and a 14-9 advantage for the Lady Cats at halftime.
Coach Husk and his girls figured it out in the locker room and came out firing.
Bailey Poole buried a 3-point basket… then she hit another… then another one. Lily Roberts, Emma Morris, Kendra Keown and Ella House all chipped in offensively and suddenly Hancock was in front 24-21.
The Lady Hornets never looked back after that as they dominated play throughout the fourth quarter. House, Keown and Roberts all hit field goals while House and Poole closed out the game from the line. Poole was 4 for 4 from the stripe and House was 2 for 2.
Hancock County shot 28% from the field and were 11 of 12 from the line.
Edmonson County shot 25% and made 6 of 13 foul shots.
Poole led all scorers with 16 points, adding three rebounds, one assist and one steal. House had eight points, eight boards, two assists and one steal, Roberts had seven points, seven boards, three assists and one steal, Keown had four points, four boards and two steals, Morris had two points, two boards and two steals, and Sophia Newby had one assist and one block.
Cariann Williams led ECHS with 10 points.
“Not having the chance to play in the championship game was bittersweet in 2021. We were excited to advance and played well, winning the first round game. We missed out on the opportunity to play at EKU that year because of how they decided to re-do the tournament after bad weather came. I’m excited for our girls to get this experience, especially after beating two quality teams in Catholic and Edmonson,” Husk said.
The Lady Hornets kept their win streak going with a 42-31 victory at Harrison High School in Evansville Saturday.
Lily Roberts and Sophia Newby both scored on conventional 3-point plays in the first quarter and Hancock County led 11-4 at the first horn. The girls increased the advantage to nine points, leading 18-9 at intermission.
Roberts and Bailey Poole both splashed 3’s in the third and Emma Morris and Ella House also scored as HCHS gradually increased the lead. Poole again went 4 for 4 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to help seal the deal.
Roberts led the way with 15 points, five boards and two assists, Poole had 11 points, two boards and two steals, House had five points, four boards, three assists and three steals, Newby had five points and four boards, Morris had four points and four steals, Ansley House had two points and four rebounds, and Kendra Keown and Layni Roberts had three rebounds each.
The Lady Hornets won 42-35 at Tell City on Monday.
Hancock County shot 31% from the field and made 11 of 20 free throws.
Ella House led HCHS in scoring with 14 points. She had three rebounds and shot 6 of 9 from the stripe. Lily Roberts had 13 points and seven rebounds. Poole had nine points on three 3-point baskets, with one rebound. Ansley House scored three points, Keown had two points and two boards, Layni Roberts had one point and four rebounds, Morris had five boards, Carolina Jones grabbed two and Alexis Gay had one.
The Hancock County varsity girls won 70-55 over Butler County at Morgantown Tuesday.
No other information was reported at press time Wednesday.
By Steve Wimmer