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Lady Hornet rally falls short to Daviess; girls win at Cannelton

Carolina Jones drives the ball up the court for the Lady Hornets during a varsity game with Daviess County on Tuesday at HCHS.

Daviess County took the lead in the second quarter then held off a comeback challenge by Hancock County to win 54-43 during a girls varsity game played at HCHS Tuesday. Alexis Gay paced the Lady Hornets with two baskets including a conventional 3-point play and the home team led 7-4 early on.

The Lady Panthers rallied to tie the score at 7-7 by the end of the first quarter. Lily Hoagland gave Daviess County the lead in the second period when she began scoring from everywhere. The junior sank four field goals, one “3” and made two free throws to give her team a 25-17 halftime advantage. Ella House led Hancock with five points in the quarter and Carolina Jones banked a 3-pointer to help keep the home team close.House played better and better throughout the second half. The senior scored three third quarter baskets and swished 3 of 4 foul shots. But the visitor’s balanced offensive attack allowed them increase the lead to 40-27 heading to the fourth.

Coach Kevin Husk’s girls showed what they’re made of by battling tooth-and-nail until the final buzzer. Ansley House joined her sister in scoring multiple times at the rim and Sophia Newby played strong down the stretch. Hancock County won the final period when time expired. Ella House scored 20 points to go with three rebounds, five assists and four steals. Ansley House had eight points, six boards and five steals, and Jones had six points and two rebounds. Gay had five points and three boards, Newby had four points and six boards, and Layni Roberts grabbed two rebounds. Hoagland finished with 28 points to lead DCHS.

Cannelton

The varsity girls basketball earned their first win of the season when they took out Cannelton at their
place Monday. The final score was 50-4. Ansley House got off to a hot start, leading Hancock County with six points in the opening quarter. Carolina Jones and Ella House both made two baskets each and Sophia Newby scored on a 3-point play. By the end of the first period the Lady Hornets led 17-0. Hancock County rested their leading scorer, Ella House, for most of the game but the contest was not competitive.

Ansley House finished with 14 points to lead all scorers. Jones scored 12, Newby nine, Ella House six, Allyson McCormick three, Alexis Gay, Izzy Ross and Layni Roberts all had two points each. Bria Garrett and Kylie Anastasiades led the Lady Bulldogs with two points each.

South Spencer

The Lady Hornets varsity got off to a great start only to fall to South Spencer in a heartbreaker here Saturday. The Lady Rebels won by a final score of 45-43. “I’m really proud of the heart that the team showed. It wasn’t a clean game and we still have a lot to work on but we’re headed in the right direction,” HCHS coach Kevin Husk said.

Ella House scored the first four points of the game for Hancock County before the girls enjoyed a 3-point barrage. Layni Roberts got things going when she splashed a “3” from the top of the circle. Sophia Newby and Carolina Jones both buried shots from beyond the arc and the Lady Hornets led 20-14 after one period. The visitors turned the tables in the second frame when they out scored the home team 17-4 to lead 31-24 at intermission.

Defense was the key for HCHS in the third. The girls held South Spencer to just two points in the frame while they tallied nine themselves. Newby swished another 3-pointer and the game was tied at 33 with eight minutes to play. House carried the Lady Hornet offense in the fourth when she got herself to the foul line five times. The senior scored one field goal and made good on half of her attempts at the charity stripe. But South Spencer countered with a “3” and Molly Schulte scored twice to help lift South Spencer to the two point victory. Newby got off a last second shot that would have forced overtime, but the ball bounced off the rim as the horn sounded.

Hancock County 32% from the field. They were 4 of 15 from beyond the arc and 15 of 26 from the line.“With the effort we gave and staying together as a team, I’m certain things will continue to improve. Then, once we get some players back from injury we’re going to be that much stronger,” the coach said.

South Spencer shot 39%. They were 5 of 18 from long range and 8 of 19 from the stripe.House had 15 points with five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Newby had 10 points and
seven boards, Jones had nine points and two boards, Ansley House had four points and five boards, Roberts had three points, Alexis Gay had two points and five boards and Allyson McCormick grabbed
two rebounds. Schulte led South Spencer with 21 points.

Whitefield

Whitefield Academy made 10 shots from beyond the arc during a 60-31 win over the Lady Hornets last Thursday in Louisville. The Lady Wildcats were not at all shy about putting up long range shots as they attempted an incredible 34 3-point baskets. They shot 29% from “3” and 42% overall for the game. The Lady Hornets trailed 29-17 at halftime then charged back to win the third frame 14-12. Hancock County shot cold in the fourth as Whitefield pulled away down the stretch. “I’m proud of how we made a push and got back in the game during the third quarter. We’ve got to find a way to play that way for four quarters. I’m confident that we’ll get there,” coach Husk said.

Hancock County made 11 of 42 field goal attempts for 26% shooting. The Lady Hornets were 3 of 21 from long range and 6 of 13 from the foul line. Ansley House led in scoring with nine points. She added four rebounds. Ella House had eight points and six boards, Jones had five points and five boards, Gay had four points and one board, Kendra Keown had three points and three boards, Roberts had two points and three boards. Newby had three rebounds and Ross had one. Allison Spieker led Whitefield with 24 points.

By Steve Wimmer

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