Hancock and Breckinridge counties played in a preview of the upcoming district tournament when the Lady Tigers won 54-52 over the Lady Hornets at Harned Friday.
“We struggled early on to rebound and to stop them in transition. I really did like how we fought our way back in it at the end of the game,” HCHS coach Kevin Husk said.
Kayleigh Huffines led Breck to a 13-9 first quarter lead. Kendra Keown scored twice for Hancock County while teammate Ella House hit a “3”. Lily Roberts hit two baskets during the second period and Ella and Ansley House also scored, but the home team won the frame and led 26-18 at the half.
The third quarter belonged to the Lady Hornets as five different players connected from beyond the arc. Roberts, Bailey Poole, Emma Morris, Keown and Ella House all splashed 3-point baskets during a 19-13 run pulled Hancock County back to within two points (39-37).
The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth battle that went down to the wire. Keown buried another big “3” and Roberts scored twice down low. Breck County made five shots from the foul line during the final period to secure the win.
Hancock County shot 32% from the field and were 50% from the foul line. Breck shot 35% and made 8 of 15 from the charity stripe.
Ella House scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Keown had 12 points and three boards, Roberts had 11 points and four boards, Poole had nine points and five rebounds, Ansley House had four points and four boards, and Morris had three points and seven boards. Jadan Roberts grabbed one rebound.
Raygan Henning led Breck with 17 points.
The two teams will meet again in an opening round contest of the 11th District tournament on Feb. 20 at Cloverport. The winner will advance to the title game and to the regional tourney.
“We’re looking forward to the opportunity and to see what we can do to make it to the region tournament. It’s been way too long and we’re focused on winning that first game!” Husk said.
The Lady Hornets bounced back with a convincing, 55-33 win over Whitesville Trinity here Tuesday.
“This was another good win,” coach Husk said. “We’re looking forward to playing in front of our fans Friday for senior night.
“This community has been so supportive of this team. We’d love to have a big and rowdy crowd for the (district) game on Monday.”
Ella House scored four first quarter baskets and Hancock County (17-11) led 14-8 at the first horn. Lily Roberts took the lead in the second frame, scoring eight points and helping the girls to a comfortable 26-13 advantage.
Bailey Poole hit a “3” during the third frame, while House and Roberts scored twice each. Sophia Newby chipped in with three points as Hancock pulled away. Poole bombed in two more 3’s in the fourth and Newby hit from beyond the arc as the ladies won by 22 points.
Poole scored 15 points, with four assists and five steals, House had 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, Roberts scored 14, with six boards, Newby had six points, Alexis Gay had two points and five boards, Kendra Keown and Layni Roberts had two points each, and Ansley House had six rebounds and three blocks.
Josie Aull led Whitesville with 13 points.
Hancock County had too much firepower for the Lady Aces during a 47-6 win over Cloverport at Frederick Fraize on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
Poole buried four 3-point baskets and the Lady Hornets led 19-0 after one quarter of play. Ansley House and Alexis Gay led the way for Hancock in the second and the halftime score was 28-1.
“The girls did a good job. It was a night to get everyone some playing time because they have all worked hard and have committed a lot of time to this,” coach Husk said.
Hancock County shot 49% from the field and made 9 of 17 foul shots.
Poole finished with 14 points to lead all scorers. Lily Roberts had six points and three rebounds, Gay had two points and six boards, Ansley House had five points and three boards, Jadan Roberts had five points and two boards, Emma Morris had four points and three boards, Layni Roberts, Carolina Jones and Aubrey Meserve all scored two points each, and Allyson McCormick and Jordyn Waltrip each hit a free throw. Sophia Newby grabbed three rebounds, Keown and Izzy Ross had two boards each and Malorie Tuell had one.
Moore scored three points for Cloverport. Lilah Moore had two and Alexis Hurst one.
By Steve Wimmer