Devyn Powers broke a school record when he hit 11 3-point baskets during an 83-52 win over Cloverport in the 11th District tournament at Cloverport Tuesday. Hancock County (17-11) will play Breckinridge County in the championship game at Cloverport at 6pm Friday. Breck beat Meade County 47-46 in Tuesday’s late game.
“I was really happy with how we shot the ball, and we haven’t always done that here at Cloverport’s gym,” HCHS coach Mike Orr said. “That’s good for our confidence and Devyn broke the record for 3’s. “Our defensive intensity was there for the most part and Evan (Ferry) got us going early by pushing the ball, which was a point of emphasis for us.”
Powers had his stroke oiled and ready at the start of the game. The senior drilled three first quarter triples and the Hornets led 24-10 after one quarter. Evan Ferry scored five times and Kaleb Keown tossed in a “3” for HCHS.
Keown, Luke Brown and Powers all connected from beyond the arc in the second frame and the halftime score was 39-22. Hancock County continued to pull away in the third behind an offensive team effort led by Powers. Devyn hit two more 3’s and converted a conventional 3-point play while Ferry, Keown and Max Gray all chipped in.
The Hornets’ lead was 64-38 after three quarters and coach Orr began to utilize his bench. But Powers was still on the floor and he was raining 3’s. The coach left him in the game as he was nearing
the school record held by Mark Shultz. Powers tripled five times in the fourth quarter to eclipse the old record that had stood for 31 years. When the final “3” went through the net the Hornet bench erupted and Powers was greeted with high-5’s all around.
Powers finished with 38 points and was 13 of 16 from the floor (11-13 from 3-point range). He added one rebound, one assist and two steals. Ferry scored 20 points on 10 of 13 shooting and had 12
assists, three boards and two steals. Keown had 16 points, nine boards, two steals and one block, Cole Dixon had four points, one board and three assists, Brown had three points, three boards and two assists, Gray had two points, three boards and one block, Dylan Morris had six boards and one block and Jordan Payne had two rebounds.
Cole Weatherholt and Thaddeus Hall paced the Aces with 15 points each.
By Steve Wimmer