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Hornets fall to Eagles

Dec Lewko looks for a teammate while scrambling for a loose ball during the Hornets’ loss to Ohio County at HCHS Tuesday.

Ohio County’s Elijah Decker hit a “3” at the buzzer to end the first quarter and the Eagles went on to defeat Hancock County by a final score of 63-47 in the final home game of the season at HCHS. The Eagles got 3’s from Decker and Alex Quisenberry during the opening minutes before Deckers buzzer beater gave the visitors a 12-3 lead.

Dec Lewko buried a shot from beyond the arc and Alex Madden scored in the post for the Hornets, but Decker answered with two more 3’s and Ohio County led 28-9 halfway through the second quarter. Madden scored again and Keegan Wilson splashed a shot from downtown and the Hornets were battling back. Lewko capped off the first half with a big “3” at the buzzer and the Eagles lead was trimmed to 28-17.

Carter Young and Ryan Durham carried Ohio County offensively in the third and visitors built the lead back up. Lewko buried this third “3” of the game and the score was 30-20. Dylan Morris converted a 3-point play before Durham connected twice from long range to put the Eagles ahead 44-25.

Madden scored big in the fourth quarter with 10 points and Morris, Wilson and Cooper Jones all chipped in to help close the gap before the final horn sounded.

Madden finished with 15 points and six rebounds and Lewko had 11 points. Morris had nine and two assists, Wilson had six points and two dimes, Jacob Shultz had three and two boards and Jones scored three points. Jordan Payne grabbed two boards and Camden Lucas and Tyce Boling made one steal each.

Decker finished with 21 points and Young scored 17.

Edmonson County

The Hornets won the first quarter during a varsity game at Edmonson County before the Wildcats turned things around and won by a final score of 79-43 Saturday.

“This was a difficult game. They (Edmonson) literally played zone the entire time and we missed a lot of outside shots – open looks that we have to make at this level,” HCHS coach Josh Roberts said. Dec Lewko was on the mark from the opening tip. The junior led Hancock County with nine points, including a 3-pointer, in the first frame and Keegan Wilson also hit from beyond the arc. The Hornets led 15-14 at the first break.

Wilson knocked down another “3” and Lewko scored three points in the second quarter, but that was all the offense the Hornets could muster. Edmonson got rolling when Kollin Doyle hit two 3’s and the Wildcats led 32-21 at halftime.

The home team continued to pull away in the third. Wyatt Gravil scored four times during the frame and Will Alexander added a “3” during a 16-10 run for the Wildcats. Alex Madden led Hancock with five points in the quarter.

Abe Simpson, Lewko and Mekhel London all hit from long range during the fourth and Cooper Jones chipped in three points. Edmonson County did not ease up as they went for 31 points over the final eight minutes to win by 36.

“We only had 11 turnover, but our defense was terrible after halftime and for most of the second quarter,” Roberts said. “Right now we are dealing with kids who aren’t used to dealing with adversity in games.

“We have to get tougher both mentally and physically to compete to win, and I have to do a better job of making them that way.”

Edmonson shot 48% from the field. They were 12 of 25 from 3-point range and 11 of 15 from the foul line.

Hancock shot 31% from the field. They were 7 of 29 from long range and 4 of 8 from the stripe. Lewko led Hancock with 18 points, four rebounds and two steals. Madden had seven points, six boards and two assists, Wilson had six points and three boards, London had three points, two boards, three assists and two steals, Jones and Simpson scored three points each, Dylan Morris had two points, three boards and three assists, and Jordan Payne had one point, two assists and two blocks. Camden Lucas had two assists, Jacob Shultz had a board and a steal and Tyce Boling made one steal.

Alexander finished with 21 points to lead the Wildcats.

By Steve Wimmer

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