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Girls win at Muhlenberg, fall in overtime at Sportscenter

Ella House was fired up after making a big shot during the final moments of Hancock County’s one point loss to Meade County here Friday. Reachng out is Ella’s sister, Ansley House.

Sophia Newby scored 22 points and the Hancock County Lady Hornets varsity won 57-48 over Muhlenberg County at Greenville Monday. The Lady Mustangs jumped out to a 10-9 first quarter advantage from shooting by Izzy Wilkins and Brooklyn Stewart. Ella House led the Lady Hornets with five points in the frame and Carolina Jones scored four.

Newby got rolling in the second period. The 8th grader hit three field goals and she was not alone as seven Lady Hornets scored during the frame. Hancock County won the quarter and led 25-19 at halftime. Lily Roberts, Alexis Gay, Ansley House, Ella House, Jones and Layni Roberts all scored for HCHS.

Newby hit a “3” in the third while Jones and Ella House both scored from the field and from the line. Kendra Keown connected from the field and the score was 41-36 in favor of the Lady Hornets. Two more shots from beyond the arc fell for Newby in the fourth and Hancock County made 6 of 10 foul shots down the stretch to secure the win. Newby’s 22 points were highlighted by three 3’s. Ella House scored 16 points and Jones had 10. Layni Roberts scored three, Keown and Ansley House had two each and Lily Roberts and Gay each hit a free throw.

Stewart finished with 27 points to lead Muhlenberg County.

Grayson County

The Lady Hornets battled back from a 20 point halftime deficit only to fall 49-47 in overtime to Grayson County at the Sportscenter in Owensboro Saturday.

Newby scored six first quarter points and Lily Roberts splashed a “3”. Ella House added three points from the line, but the Lady Cougars countered with three 3’s and led 14-12 at the first break. Two made foul shots by Ansley House was all the offense Hancock County could muster in the second frame, while Grayson’s Sutten VanMeter hit three 3’s and led the Lady Cougars on a 20-2 run. Ella House turned it on in the third. The senior scored three field goals that included a 3-point play and the Hornets won the frame 9-3 with strong defensive play.

The whole Lady Hornet team rallied in the fourth. Newby and Lily Roberts each hit a “3” while Ella House and Jones were hitting shots and scoring from the line. Izzy Ross got in on the action with two
points and Hancock County had tied the score at 42-42 by the end of regulation play. The Lady Cougars won the extra frame 7-5 to escape with the win. Ella House scored all five OT points for Hancock County.

Ella House led the Lady Hornets with 21 points. She was 9 of 10 from the charity stripe. Newby scored 12 points, Lily Roberts six, Jones four, Ross and Ansley House had two each.

Breigh Jones led Grayson County with 17 points.

Meade County

The Lady Hornets battled down to the wire with Meade County here Friday. The Lady Waves won a back-and-forth contest by a final score of 38-37.

Meade was playing without their star player and region’s leading scorer (23.2 ppg), Peyton Bradley, who suffered a knee injury during the team’s previous game.

The Lady Waves grabbed an early 9-4 advantage before the Lady Hornets worked their way back into the game. Keown splashed a “3” and Ella House made two baskets to trim Meade’s lead to 15-11 at halftime.

Newby scored Hancock County’s lone third quarter field goal, but aggressive offensive play allowed the Lady Hornets to get to the line. The girls made 7 of 12 from the stripe and closed the gap to 23-20.

A “3” by Lily Roberts, a basket by Newby and three foul shots by Jones kept the Lady Hornets close in the fourth. That set the stage for Ella House, who drove hard to the basket and scored twice before converting an “and-1”.

The Greenwave led 38-35 with about 20 second on the clock when Ella drove hard again. She was fouled once again and tossed the ball toward the goal as the referee’s whistle blew. The ball sailed high and straight through the net as the home crowd went wild. House’s free throw attempt to tie the game rimmed out, but there was still 15 seconds on the clock.

Paige Medley got the ball for Meade and Jones tried to stop her. Medley threw an elbow and knocked Jones to the floor. The officials likely expecting Hancock to foul and the call went against the Lady Hornets.

Medley missed both foul shots and the Lady Hornets had one more chance with eight seconds on the clock. Newby got the ball but lost her footing while running up the sideline and the Lady Waves escaped with the win.

Ella House led Hancock with 15 points and Newby scored 10. Jones, Keown and Lily Roberts all had three each, Ansley House scored two and Gay hit a free throw. Annabelle Babb led Meade with 17 points.

By Steve Wimmer

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