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Breck County pulls away in fourth to win 56-41

Ansley House takes a shot while the Breck County bench and fans look on. The HCHS freshman scored 18 points during the Lady Tigers 56-41 win over the Lady Hornets in the 11th District tournament at Brandenburg.

The Lady Hornets battled nip and tuck for three quarters with one of the top teams in the region until Breckinridge County pulled away in the fourth quarter to win 56-41 during the 11th District tournament at Brandenburg Monday. Hancock County finished the season with a record of 13-16, while the Lady Tigers (20-9) move on to play Meade County in the district title game Thursday.

“I thought our girls executed our game plan probably better than they have all year,” HCHS coach Kevin Husk said. “The Carby girl hit five 3’s and she averaged less than one attempt per game on the season. That really ended up being the difference in the game.”

HCHS freshman Ansley House got rolling early by scoring six points during the opening quarter. Senior Kendra Keown knocked down a 3-pointer and Hancock County was hanging right in there, trailing by just two points (11-9) at the first break.

Breck County began to increase the lead in the second frame when Caroline Lucas scored twice and Elizabeth Grimes and Kylie Carby both hit 3’s. Lady Tigers’ center Kayleigh Huffines added three points and Breck’s halftime lead was 24-15. Carolina Jones, Ansley House and Ella House all scored for the Lady Hornets during the second period.

Coach Kevin Husk had his girls ready when the second half began.

Ansley House continued to score inside on assists by her sister, Ella. The senior scored from the field and from the line and senior Lily Roberts splashed a “3”. Sophia Newby added a bucket offensively, but it was the HCHS defense that pulled the team closer.

The Lady Hornets held Breck to just eight third quarter points and Hancock County trailed by just two points (32-30) after three.

Lucas scored for the Lady Tigers early in the fourth. A turnover and an intentional foul by the Lady Hornets resulted in a made free throw and a “3” by Carby. Suddenly the score was 38-30. Another Hancock County turnover and another “3” by Carby and the Lady Hornets were in trouble. Ansley House scored a quick bucket but Breck County spread their offense and scored from the line, giving them a 47-32 advantage.

Coach Husk wanted his girls to foul in order to stop the clock and they did foul Huffines, but the refs didn’t make the call and Husk was issued a technical when he voiced his displeasure. Hancock County did eventually foul the Breck center, but she knocked down two shots from the line and the outcome appeared inevitable with the Lady Tigers now leading 51-34 with 2:30 remaining.

Roberts made a quick “3” from the key and Jones and Ansley House both scored for HCHS, but Breck County finished off the game from the charity stripe to end the Lady Hornets’ season.

“This group of seniors is really special to me as they were 7th graders when I started, so we kind of started this journey together,” the coach said. “The school and community is blessed to have them leading such fine examples of how to work hard, serve others, and honor God. I’m personally so glad my own kids have had such great young ladies to look up to and aspire to be like!

“It’s never fun for the season to end but I couldn’t be more proud of this group of players, both on and off the court. They excel in the classroom, on the court, and in our community. I’m grateful that I get to be a part of their lives!”

The Lady Hornet seniors are; Alexis Gay, Ella House, Kendra Keown, Allyson McCormick, Layni Roberts and Lily Roberts.

Ansley House finished with a game-high 18 points and Roberts scored eight. Ella House had six, Jones four, Keown three and Newby two.

Carby led Breck County with 16 points. Lucas scored 15 and Huffines 11.

Grayson County

The Lady Hornets showed the progress they’ve made as a team when they knocked off Grayson County 52-43 at Leitchfield Friday. It was the fourth straight win for Hancock County. The win also snapped the Lady Cougars’ 15-game win streak.

Sophia Newby hit a “3” and scored five first quarter points to pace the Lady Hornets to an 11-7 advantage.

Ella House and Ansley House both scored two buckets each in the second, while Alexis Gay, Kendra Keown and Carolina Jones all hit from the foul line in the first half. Layni Roberts also scored for HCHS and the halftime score was 23-21 in favor of the visitors.

Ella House and Newby buried two 3’s each to counter Sydney Perkins’ two made shots from downtown during a 16-15 win for Hancock County in the third period.

The Lady Hornets took care of business in the fourth with strong defense and quality offense. Jones hit a “3”, Newby and Ella House scored four points each and Ansley House hit a bucket to help secure the big win in the final regular season game.

“I really like how we competed and stayed mentally tough in the latter part of the season,” HCHS coach Kevin Husk said. “The girls played so hard defensively and took care of the basketball. Sophia and Ella did a great job being aggressive offensively, but it was the late game execution by everyone that made the difference. I’m proud of them and it was nice to get the win after losing to them in overtime a few weeks ago.”

Newby led HCHS with 17 points and six rebounds and Ella House scored 16 with five boards. Ansley House had nine points and four boards, Jones scored four points, Keown had two points and three rebounds, and Roberts and Gay had two points each. Lily Roberts had four rebounds. Perkins led Grayson County with 13 points.

By Steve Wimmer

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