The Hornet varsity boys earned their first win of the season when they defeated John Hardin 52-41
in Elizabethtown Monday. “We got the win verses an aggressive team on their home floor,” HCHS coach Josh Roberts said. “I liked our aggression on the court and ability to attack the basket with our strengths. Our rebounding and execution on offense and defense was sound all night.”
Both teams were a bit slow out of the gate and the score was tied at 6-6 after one quarter before the
Hancock County offense caught fire in the second. Alex Madden made four baskets as four Hornets scored during the period. Dylan Morris and Jordan Payne chipped in four points each and Keegan Wilson splashed a 3-pointer. Jacob Shultz added two foul shots and Hancock County led 28-19 at halftime. Morris canned a third quarter “3” and the Hornets maintained the nine point lead into the fourth frame. Hancock County secured the win by connecting on 9 of 12 free throws down the stretch.
“We committed 12 turnovers, which is a goal of ours to have 12 or less every game,” the coach said. “A key (for us) was the third quarter where they made a run and we battled through the adversity. Every game we gain more composure on the court.”
Madden had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds. He added two assists and two steals. Morris shared scoring honors with 18 points, to go with five boards, four assists and four steals. Payne had seven points, three boards and four steals, Shultz had four points and two steals, Wilson three points and Camden Lucas two points, with two boards and two steals. Dec Lewko had three rebounds. Austin Richardson led the Bulldogs with 14 points.
Brown High School
The Brown High School Bears grabbed a slim first half lead then held on to defeat Hancock County by a final score of 42-38 during the varsity Hornets home opener Friday at HCHS.
The Bears won a hotly contested first quarter 14-13. Dylan Morris scored seven points to lead the Hornets. Jacob Shultz knocked down a “3” for HCHS in the second period, but the visitors won frame and led 27-22 at halftime. Alex Madden led the way for Hancock County as they won the third quarter 8-7 and trimmed Brown’s advantage to 34-30. The Hornets might have pulled closer but perimeter shots were not falling.
Madden continued to lead the charge in the fourth. The junior dominated the boards and scored twice more at the rim, but outside shot attempts again would not go down for the Hornets as the team’s comeback bid fell short. Hancock County made 17 of 46 field goal attempts for 37% shooting. They were 1 of 14 from beyond the arc and 3 of 6 from the foul line. Madden recorded a double-double with 12 points and 20 rebounds and added three assists. Morris finished with 11 points, four boards, four assists and two steals, Shultz had five points and two steals, Camden Lucas had four points, Jordan Payne had two points, two boards and three steals, Keegan Wilson had two points and two boards and Dec Lewko scored two points. KJ Mitchell led Brown with 12 points.
The Hornets lost another close game here Saturday when a spirited comeback attempt fell short against South Spencer. The Rebels won 61-54. Lucas splashed a “3” in the opening quarter but the visitors led 14-10 at the first horn. Morris led the offense in the second, scoring from the field and from the line, and Wilson buried a shot from beyond the arc for Hancock County. Madden and Lucas chipped in offensively, but the team’s perimeter defense allowed the Rebels to connect three times from long range as the visitors increased the lead to 32-25 at halftime. Both squads hit multiple 3-point baskets in the third and when the dust settled the score was 49-38 in favor of South Spencer.
The Hornets battled back in the fourth. Lucas canned another “3” while Morris and Madden both scored from the field and from the charity stripe. Hancock County won the frame 16-12 when time expired. Coach Roberts said this was the best his team has looked to date. “We showed composure working through our plays and using our strengths. We battled on defense and really left it all out there,” he said. “Credit South Spencer on some big 3-point shots. We need to close out better and talk on defense. We only made eight turnovers, we rebounded well and execution was much better than the night before.”
The Hornets made 17 of 42 shots for 40.5%. They were 4 of 15 from 3-point range and 16 of 25 from the foul line. Morris had 18 points and five rebounds and Lucas had 17 points and two boards. Madden had nine
points and five boards, Wilson scored eight points, Lewko had two and three boards. Payne pulled down five boards. Ty Brown led the Rebels with 17 points.
By Steve Wimmer