Kobe Kelly scored on a last second shot and the Apollo Eagles defeated Hancock County by a final score of 39-37 at HCHS Tuesday.
The Hornets got off to a fast start and led for most of the game. Alex Madden scored four times in the first quarter and Hancock County led 12-5 at the first break.
The Eagles found their range and took the lead in the second when Kelly canned two 3’s and Eli Williams scored four field goals. Jacob Shultz hit a “3” and Camden Lucas scored twice to tie the score. Keegan Wilson gave the lead back to Hancock County with a baseline “3” late in the first half. Leading 24-22 to begin the second half, the Hornets scored first on a Madden assist to Dylan Morris. A Dec Lewko pass to Madden resulted in another basket and Hancock County’s lead was 28-22.
Lewko scored again and Wilson splashed a 3-pointer to put the Hornets in front 33-26 late in the third. Apollo scored twice to pull within two points before Shultz hit a shot a the buzzer to make it 35-31. The Hornet offense struggled in the fourth and Apollo pulled to within one point on three made free throws by Tate Powers.
Offensive rebounds by the visiting team proved pivotal during the final minutes. Lewko made a great defensive play when he took a charge, but Kelly scored moments later and Apollo led 36-35. Wilson found Lewko on an inbound pass and the junior scored to put the Hornets back on top. Luke Jarboe was fouled and made the first to tie the game. He missed the second, but Apollo secured the rebound and Kelly drove to the basket and scored off the glass with under a second left on the clock.
Madden led the Hornets with 10 points and nine rebounds. Wilson had eight, Shultz six, Morris, Lucas and Lewko all had four each and Jordan Payne hit a free throw. Williams led Apollo with 13 points. Kelly scored 12.
McLean County began the game with a 23-7 run then held off a Hornet charge to win 60-49 during a game played at the Sportscenter in Owensboro Saturday.
Gunnar Revelett led the way as seven Cougar players scored in the opening frame. Dec Lewko hit a “3” and scored five points for Hancock County, but McLean led by 16 points at the first break. The Hornets quickly turned the tables in the second quarter when Alex Madden scored twice and Jacob Shultz hit a “3”. Dylan Morris, Lewko and Jordan Payne all chipped in offensively to help Hancock win the frame 16-12.
Still trailing 35-23 at intermission, the Hornets came out strong to begin the second half. Madden converted three field goals and Lewko splashed another “3”. But it was also the Hornet defense that was bringing them back.
Hancock County limited McLean County to just seven third quarter points while trimming the margin to six points to begin the fourth.
Revelett found his form again during the final eight minutes as the Cougars closed out the game with an 18-13 run.
Hancock County shot 50% from the field. They were 3 of 6 from beyond the arc and 10 of 18 from the line.
McLean’s shooting stats were not posted. They made 14 of 17 foul shots.
Lewko finished with 13 points, two rebounds, one steal and one block. Madden had 12 points, seven boards and two steals, Morris had nine points, four boards, five assists, one steal and one block, Shultz had five points, two boards and two steals, Payne had four points, four boards, one steal and three blocks, Camden Lucas had two points, two boards and two steals, Tyce Boling had two points and one board, Keegan Wilson had one point, one board and two assists, and Cooper Jones had one point and one steal.
Revelett led McLean with 16 points.
Meade County’s defense was stifling in the first half of a 59-42 win over Hancock County during a varsity game played at HCHS Friday.
Wilson scored inside and later hit from beyond the arc, but that was it offensively for the Hornets and the Greenwave won the first quarter 10-5.
Peyton Johnston converted a 3-point play and Trevor Ling knocked down a “3” as Meade won the second frame and led 24-13 at the half. Morris, Lucas, Wilson and Jones all scored two points each for the Hornets as they fought to stay close to their district rivals.
Hancock County increased its offensive output in the second half, but Meade County did as well. Three’s by Lewko and Shultz in the fourth were countered by 9 of 11 foul shooting from the visitors down the stretch.
Hancock County shot 31% from the field. They were 3 of 11 from long range and 13 of 20 from the stripe.
Meade County shot 38% from the field. They made 5 of 22 shot from beyond the arc and were 18 of 28 from the foul line.
Wilson led the Hornets with 13 points and three rebounds. Payne had six points and three boards, Morris had six points, six boards and two steals, Shultz had five points and two boards, Lucas had four points and four assists, Madden had three points, eight boards, three assists and four steals, Lewko had three points and three boards, and Jones had two points and two rebounds.
Johnston and Hayden Shouse led Meade with 17 points each.
By Steve Wimmer