The Hornets charged from behind in the second half only to fall 60-55 to Ohio County at Hartford Friday.
Six players scored for the Eagles in the opening frame as Ohio County (19-5) grabbed a 17-12 lead. Kaleb Keown and Evan Ferry both hit 3-point shots for Hancock County.
Keown splashed two more 3’s in the second and Cole Dixon converted an “and-1”, but the Eagles’ offensive depth allowed them to increase the advantage to 38-29 by intermission.
Devyn Powers led a comeback charge in the third quarter when he scored three baskets, the last of which resulted in an old fashioned 3-point play. Dixon chipped in six points and Keown hit his fourth “3” of the game during a 16-13 run for the Hornets.
Still trailing 51-45, Hancock County won the final frame by one point. The Hornets held the home team to just nine points over the final eight minutes before time expired.
Hancock shot 48% from the field and made 6 of 8 from the foul line. Ohio County shot 43% and made 9 of 14 from the stripe.
Dixon finished with 19 points to lead all scorers. He added six rebounds and three assists. Keown had 17 points, nine boards and three assists, Powers had 12 points and five boards, Ferry had seven points, two boards and three assists, and Luke Brown dished out six assists.
Elijah Decker led the Eagles with 15 points.
By Steve Wimmer