The Hornets grabbed a big early lead and went on to win 66-58 in a back-and-forth battle with Grayson County on Senior Night at HCHS Friday. Evan Ferry took control from the opening tip as the point guard scored five first quarter field goals. Luke Brown and Cole Dixon both hit 3’s while Kaleb Keown and Devyn Powers also scored for Hancock County.
Trailing 22-7, the Cougars countered by winning the second frame 21-8. Eighth grader Spencer Langdon came off the bench and hit three 3’s during Grayson County’s run. Powers hit a “3” and
Keown converted a 3-point play to keep the Hornets ahead 30-28 at halftime. Powers was in the zone during the third quarter as he knocked down two more from beyond the arc. Dixon was scoring inside and out and Brown splashed his second “3” of the game to help the Hornets push the lead to 50-44.
Langdon kept the Cougars close with two more long range shots. Ferry took charge again in the fourth when he scored twice and Keown buried a triple. Ferry’s ball handling skills and aggressiveness forced the visitors to foul, but the senior struggled from the foul line.
The Hornets hit just 5 of 15 free throws down the stretch, but it was enough to hold off the Cougars and to earn the team’s 16th win of the season. Hancock County made 23 of 43 attempts from the field for 53.5% shooting. They made 13 of 23 from the line.
Grayson County shot 46% from the field and made 9 of 12 from the stripe.
Powers scored in every quarter and finished with a game-high 19 points, while adding six rebounds. Ferry had 18 points, three boards and four assists, Dixon had 11 points, seven boards and two assists, Keown had 10 points, six boards, four assists and two steals, Brown had six points and two assists, and Dylan Morris scored two points. Max Gray had one rebound and one assist.
Jack Logsdon led Grayson with 18 points. Langdon finished with 17.
By Steve Wimmer