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Knights win rubber match 73-65

Keegan Wilson shoots for one of six 3-point baskets he made during Hancock County’s 73-65 loss to the Owensboro Knights at HCHS Tuesday.

The Owensboro Knights grabbed a big early lead then held on for the win during a back-and-forth contest at HCHS. The two teams had met twice earlier this season with each squad winning one game. The Knights defeated the Hornets 73-65 in the rubber match Tuesday.

The Knights came out hot like a house on fire in winning the first quarter 22-7. Charlie Fogle go rolling early with 11 points in the first frame and things did not look good for Hancock County. Keegan Wilson helped turn the game around when the freshman came off the bench and buried four second quarter 3’s. Alex Madden and Dylan Morris added two baskets each and the Hornets won the frame and closed the gap to nine points with the Knights leading 38-29 at halftime.

Owensboro began the second half the same as the first. Joel Gunderson split two Hornet defenders for an easy basket then Fogle got a steal and a score to put the Knights ahead 42-29. Hancock County battled back again with two more 3’s by Wilson and six points by Morris. The score was 55-46 after three quarters.

Blake Bitters made a spin move and scored at the rim early in the fourth and Fogle rattled in a “3” to give the Knights a comfortable lead.

Dec Lewko later scored off a nice pass by Wilson and suddenly the Hornets were within six points, trailing 59-53 with 4:22 remaining.

Fogle was fouled and knocked down two free throws and the two teams traded foul shots before Josiah Houston made a big basket for the Knights. Houston then celebrated a bit too much and was called for a technical foul.

A steal by Madden and two free throws by Morris, followed by another basket by Morris and the lead was cut to six once again.

A hard foul by Madden was not called but Morris couldn’t convert. Another steal by Madden and Wilson made a nice pass to Mekhel London, who scored and trimmed the lead to four. Carpenter Ekbundit scored for the Knights and Fogle converted after a Hornet turnover and the tough, homeschool team escaped with the big win.

Morris had 20 points, six assists and seven steals to lead the Hornets. Wilson had 18 points on six 3’s, with two assists and two steals, Madden had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, Lewko had six points, four boards and three assists, London had five points and two steals, Jacob Shultz had three points, two assists and three steals, Camden Lucas had two points and Jordan Payne had one point and four boards.

Fogle led the Knights with 31 points.

The Knights won the JV game 45-32.

Meade County

Meade County grabbed the led in the first quarter and pulled away to defeat Hancock County 71-35 at Brandenburg Monday.

Hayden Showe hit two first quarter 3’s for the Greenwave and the Hornets trailed by seven points at the first break. Alex Madden scored two baskets for Hancock.

The Hornet offense struggled a bit in the second as the home team pulled away to lead 33-15 at halftime. A bright spot for the Hornets was the play of sophomore guard Mekhel London, who hit a “3” and scored five points off the bench during the frame.

Meade County hit four 3’s and enjoyed a 59-22 lead while winning the third quarter 26-7. Hancock County battled back to win the final frame 13-12 when Dylan Morris buried two shots from long range
and Tyce Boling hit one “3” before time expired.

Morris had 10 points, two rebounds and three steals, and London had seven points and two steals. Madden had four points and 13 boards, Tre’ Mar London had three points and dished one assist, Boling had three points, a steal and a rebound, Jordan Payne had two points, a board, a steal and three blocks, Camden Lucas had two points and one board, Dec Lewko had two points and four boards, Jacob Shultz had one point and two assists and Keegan Wilson had one point.

Garrett Hardesty led Meade with 19 points. Showe finished with 18.

By Steve Wimmer

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