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Lady Hornets crush Apollo, fall at Meade

Carolina Jones shoots for a basket for the Lady Hornets.

The Lady Hornets dominated from start to finish during a 61-36 win over the E-gals of Apollo on Jan. 17 at Owensboro.

“This was a good team win for us,” HCHS coach Kevin Husk said. “We’ve battled sickness and injuries all year and this week we also dealt with a lack of consistent practice time, because of the weather, but our team came out aggressive on both ends of the court and it really paid off.”

Carolina Jones was a girl on fire in the first quarter. The freshman scored eight points that included two 2-point field goals, a made free throw and a 3-point basket. Ella House added five points in the
frame while Kendra Keown and Ansley House also scored for Hancock County. The Lady Hornets led 16-8 at the first break.

Apollo settled in and played evenly with Hancock in the second period. Jones and Ella House both scored twice and Sophia Newby chipped in four points. The halftime score was 29-21. Keown and Newby both connected from beyond the arc in the third while Alexis Gay and Layni Roberts were both 2 for 2 at the foul line. The Lady Hornets won the frame and extended the advantage to 11 points (43-32).

Hancock County closed out the win impressively in the fourth quarter. Newby scored three times and Ella House was strong at the foul line. Gay, Izzy Ross and Allyson McCormick all converted field goal attempts as the Lady Hornets pulled away down the stretch. Hancock County shot 36% from the field. They were 3 of 15 from beyond the arc and 14 of 22 from the line.

Apollo shot 31%. They were 0 of 11 from “3” and 8 of 17 from the charity stripe. Newby finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and four steals, and Ella House had 14 points, six boards, eight assists and three steals. Jones had 13 points and three steals, Gay had four points and eight boards, Keown had four points, six boards and three steals, Ansley House had four points, six boards and two steals, Roberts had two points, two boards and one steal, Ross had two points three boards and one steal, and McCormick had two points two boards.

Jenna Dant led Apollo with 10 points.

Meade County

Meade County took a big lead in the second quarter and went on to defeat Hancock County by a final score of 87-58 at Brandenburg Monday.

One of the elite teams in the 3rd Region, the Lady Waves won a competitive first quarter 19-16. Newby and Jones scored multiple baskets each and Keown knocked down a “3” for the Lady Hornets. Ella House scored from inside and outside during the second frame while Ansley House and Newby added two baskets each. The Hancock offense was solid, but the girls could not stop the scoring of Meade County’s Peyton Bradley.

The junior guard connected on six field goals, two from long range, and the home team’s lead was 49-32 at intermission.

The Lady Hornets battled back to win the third quarter 18-16. Ella House was strong offensively and Keown splashed another “3” for HCHS. Jones hit from beyond the arc in the fourth, but it was the Lady Waves’ Paige Medley who put the game away with three 3’s over the final eight minutes. Ella House led Hancock with 17 points. Newby scored 15, Jones had 11, Ansley House seven, Keown six and Gay two.

Medley led Meade with 30 points. Bradley finished with 23.

By Steve Wimmer

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