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Madden does a job in the paint during Hornets’ win at Trinity

Jordan Payne drives hard toward the basket during a game at HCHS. The senior hit two 3-pointers during a Hornet win at Whitesville Monday.

Alex Madden scored 23 points and pulled down 10 boards during a 56-42 win for Hancock County at Whitesville Monday.

“This was a good win. The boys bounced back with composure and execution every time Trinity made a run,” HCHS coach Josh Roberts said. “I felt like we were in control the whole game, just cleaning up bad passes and finishing at the rim kept them hanging around.”

The contest was tightly contested the whole way as the Hornets won the first quarter 11-10. Madden scored twice in the frame and Jordan Payne hit from beyond the arc. Will Hernandez carried Trinity with seven early points.

Payne buried another “3” during a balanced second period for the Hornets. Dylan Morris, Mekhel London, Keegan Wilson, Madden and Cooper Jones also made the scoring column and HCHS led 24-21 at intermission.

Madden took over during the third frame by scoring nine points that included an “and-1”, and Dec Lewko chipped in four points to help Hancock push the lead to 37-32. Conner Hatfield led the Raiders with five points in the frame.

The outcome was still very much in doubt when the Hornets dominated the fourth quarter. Madden repeated his efforts from the third while Wilson and Lewko both hit from long range to help Hancock County secure the win.

“We have been talking a lot about high, medium and low motors during practices and games. I feel like that is starting to give the boys our standard of level of play they have to bring,” Roberts said.
Madden dished three assists to go with his 23 and 10 stat line. Lewko had seven points, eight boards and two assists, Wilson had seven points and four steals, London had six points, two boards, two dimes and four steals, Payne had six points, three boards and three steals, Morris had four points, eight boards and four assists, Jones had two points, Camden Lucas had one point and three boards, Abe Simpson had two rebounds and Jacob Shultz made four steals.

Hatfield led Trinity with 18 points.

Breck County

Breckinridge County went on a 28-0 run during a span from early in the second quarter to early in the third then went on to win by a final score of 69-41 over Hancock County here Friday.

The Hornets got off to a quick start by hitting four 3-point baskets in the first quarter. Dec Lewko canned two 3’s while Keegan Wilson and Jacob Shultz hit one each. Dylan Morris, Mekhel London and Alex Madden also scored for HCHS and Hancock County led 18-13 at the first break.

The Hornet offense shot cold during the second frame while the Fighting Tigers caught fire.

Lance Poole splashed two 3’s and Mercer Rogers pumped in nine second quarter points to lead Breck on a 22-2 run. Madden scored the Hornets’ lone basket in the frame and the halftime score was 35-20.

Breck continued the run into the third and the score was 43-20 with 4:45 remaining in the third. Camden Lucas broke the scoring drought for HCHS when he scored moments later.

Lucas and Wilson both hit 3’s during the quarter and Jordan Payne scored for the Hornets, but the damage had been done.

The two teams played evenly the rest of the way when the horn sounded to end the contest. Hancock County shot 29% from the field. They were 6 of 21 from beyond the arc and 3 of 7 from the foul line.

Breck County shot 51% from the field. They were 7 of 18 from long range and 12 of 20 from the stripe.

Lewko led Hancock is scoring with eight points. He added five rebounds. Madden had seven points, 10 rebounds and four assists, Wilson had six points and one board, Lucas had five points, with one board, one assist and one steal, Cooper Jones had four points and one board, Shultz had three points, Morris had two points, two boards, three assists and four steals, Payne had two points and six rebounds, Abe Simpson had two points and two boards, London had two points and one board, and Taylor Payne had three rebounds and one steal.

Rogers led Breck County with 20 points.

By Steve Wimmer

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