The Apollo Eagles grabbed the lead in the first quarter and held on for a 60-49 win over the Hornets during a competitive game played in Owensboro Tuesday. The contest was the first of the season for both teams.
Josh Roberts is back as head coach of the Hornets. He talked about his team’s opener. “We didn’t shoot the ball well the first half, and they did. We made 17 turnovers, too many, but that comes with an inexperienced team who has never played at the varsity level. This was a great leaning experience and we will get better.”
Keegan Wilson and Jacob Shultz both scored from beyond the arc for Hancock County during the opening quarter. Apollo’s Landen Bratcher countered with six points and Ryne Tinsley’s Eagles led 13-8 at the first horn.
Alex Madden picked up the scoring for the Hornets during the second quarter and he and Wilson combined for 11 points. The Eagles hit three 3’s and eventually won the frame 15-11.
Trailing 28-19 at intermission, Hancock County continued to improve offensively in the third. Madden connected on three field goals and Shultz popped in another “3”. Dec Lewko scored twice for the Hornets, but the home team hit twice more from long range and pushed their advantage to 45-34 after three.
“We closed to within three points in the third, but they made two key runs with ball movement and 3’s. We didn’t do a good job of rotating and closing out on their shooters,” coach Roberts said.
Dylan Morris had a big fourth quarter for HCHS, scoring eight points from all areas of the court, and Kamron Criss splashed a 3-point bomb down the stretch as Hancock County played toe-to-toe with Apollo all the way till the end.
“We handled their press well, but just played too fast. We didn’t execute like I wanted.” Roberts said.
Madden led the Hornets with 15 points and nine rebounds. Wilson had eight points and four boards, Shultz and Morris had eight points and three assists each, Lewko had six points and five rebounds,
Criss had three points, Camden Lucas had two assists and two steals, and Jordan Payne had four rebounds and three assists.
Tate Powers led Apollo with 15 points. Bratcher finished with 13. Apollo won the JV game 37-27. Taylor Payne had eight points for HCHS. Lane Dixon scored six, Tyce
Boling and Kamron Criss had five each and Van Reska three points.
By Steve Wimmer