The HCHS Lady Hornets varsity began their season with a game against Henderson County Tuesday night at the high school. The Lady Colonels, who made the final four in the girls state tournament last year, took control in the third quarter and went on to win by a final score of 76-50.
“Henderson is a really good team and they provided a lot of pressure defensively. I love that because it exposed exactly what we need to work on,” HCHS coach Kevin Husk said. “I love the heart we have and we made some great runs, which started with our defense.”
Hancock County took an early 6-4 lead before the visitors got rolling. Henderson won the opening period 23-11 while Lady Hornet senior Ella House was on the bench with two fouls. House came off the bench and splashed two 3’s as the Lady Hornets battled back.
Ansley House scored twice at the rim while Kendra Keown and Sophia Newby both scored. Alexis Gay made two free throws and Hancock County won the second frame 17-16.
Newby and House scored six points each in the third, but the Lady Colonels offense was nearly unstoppable. Henderson won the period and pushed the lead to 62-40.
The final frame was competitive as the Lady Hornets battled until the horn sounded.
“We can’t give up this many points in any game and expect to win, and a lot of that was due to turnovers. But I love my team and I know we’re going to be able to compete with the best in the region, we just have a lot to work on.”
House led all scorers with 23 points. She added five rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks. Newby scored 13 points, with five boards, and Ansley House had four points and five rebounds.
Gay had four points and four boards, Keown had three points and two blocks, Carolina Jones scored two points and two assists, and Layni Roberts hit a free throw and grabbed three boards. A’Tylia Green led Henderson County with 22 points.
“Looking back, we beat Owensboro Catholic and Edmonson in the All “A” last year and we think we have the opportunity to do the same thing this year,” Husk said.
“I think we can compete against Meade and find ourselves in the championship at the end of the season. We have the confidence that we can play with anyone in our region.”