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Breck wins overtime thriller 61-59

Dec Lewko goes up for a shot during the second half of the Hornets’ 61-59 overtime loss at Breckinridge County Friday at Harned.

Hancock County and Breckinridge County played toe-to-toe during an exciting varsity game played
at Harned Friday. When the dust settled the Tigers finished on top with a 61-59 overtime victory. The
Hornets would surely have won if not for 15 misses from the foul line.

“We have to obviously do a better job at the free throw line and not give up second chance points,”
HCHS coach Josh Roberts said. “I felt like our composure was much better and our execution on
offense and defense was greatly improved.”

Hancock County won the first quarter 14-10. Dylan Morris was aggressive on drives to the basket
that resulted in a conventional 3-point play. The junior scored seven points in the first and Keegan
Wilson knocked down a “3” while Camden Lucas and Alex Madden chipped in one basket each.
The home standing Tigers battled back in the second period. Mercer Rodgers led the charge with
seven points in the frame as five Breck players scored. Alex Madden carried the Hornets with a basket
and 3 of 4 made foul shots. Jacob Shultz and Morris added one field goal each but the Tigers led 29-
23 at halftime.

Dec Lewko sparked the Hornets off the bench when he converted a 3-point play in the third quarter.
Madden continued to score inside and Morris and Wilson both splashed 3’s for HCHS.
Hayden Brockman led Breck with four made baskets and Rodgers hit a “3”. When the horn sounded
to end the third frame the Fighting Tigers had increased their advantage to 46-38, but the best was yet
to come.

The Hornets stung the home team with 3-balls and tough defense during a spirited comeback run.
Morris scored inside and out and Madden converted a 3-point play. Lewko buried a big “3” from the
top of the key and Hancock County took the lead.

Madden got the ball inside on multiple occasions and was fouled each time. The junior played a
heck of a game, but his fourth quarter free throw attempts would not fall. Hancock’s chance to win in
regulation disappeared and overtime was upcoming.

Chase Hardesty converted a 3-point play and Breck went back in front. The Hornets were 3 of 6
from the charity stripe during the OT while the Tigers made 5 of 5 foul shots down the stretch to secure
the win.

Hancock County shot the ball very well, except from the line. The Hornets shot 58% from the field
and were 5 of 6 (83%) from beyond the arc. They made 12 of 27 free throw attempts for 44%.
Breck County shot 45% from the field. They made 3 of 11 from long range and were 62% from the
line.

“I’m proud of the boys for sponging up everything and putting it to use in games. We’ve got a lot of
kids eager to learn,” Roberts said.

“I’m not into the wins and losses, more important to me is establishing a top notch culture for the
future and getting my boys ready to compete in life. The wins will come and I couldn’t be more proud of
where we are. We’ve got great kids in Hancock County.”

Morris finished with 20 points, five rebounds, three assists and five steals. Madden had 16 points,
five boards, two assists and two steals. Wilson scored eight points, with two boards and one dime.
Lewko had six points, two boards and a block. Lucas had four points, one board and two steals. Shultz
had four points and one assist and Jordan Payne had one point, two steals and two blocks.
Rodgers led Breck with 20 points. Brockman finished with 13.

By Steve Wimmer

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