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Hornets bow out in district tourney with loss to Meade

Alex Madden scores for HCHS during the district tournament at Meade County Tuesday

The Meade County Greenwaves hit 12 3-point baskets and pulled away over the final eight minutes to win 53-23 over Hancock County during the 11th District tournament at Brandenburg Tuesday. The Hornets finished the season with a record of 9-20. Meade moves on to play Breck County in the title game Friday at MCHS.

Meade County had defeated the Hornets handily in both regular season meetings so HCHS coach Josh Roberts employed a strategy to slow the game down and to limit his opponents offensive possessions. His gamble paid off early on and the score was tied at 10-10 at the first break. Dec Lewko and Keegan Wilson both connected from beyond the arc while Dylan Morris and Alex Madden scored inside for Hancock County.

“We’ve had trouble scoring all season and I knew our stall tactic would be our only shot,” coach Roberts said. But Meade shot 63% from “3”. I thought our “D” wasn’t bad, they just made big shots so hats off to them.”

Meade County began to distance themselves during the second frame when Garrett Hardesty splashed three 3’s. The Greenwaves added two more long bombs and the halftime score was 29-19. Roberts took his tactic to another level during the third quarter. Morris held the ball and Meade County let him do it.

The clock ticked away and the home crowd began to boo, but it was the Greenwaves coach who could have easily put a stop to it by instructing his team to pressure the ball. He gave no instructions and the Hornets did not attempt a field goal during the quarter. Meade got the ball late in the frame and Ayden Medley hit a “3” at the buzzer to give the home team a 3-0 win in the frame.

Trailing 32-19 to begin the fourth, Hancock County had a chance. Unfortunately, for the Hornets, the home team “lit it up” from downtown over the final minutes to secure the comfortable win.

“We were right there after three quarters. That was all I could ask for,” coach Roberts said. “If we score at the end of the third we are within 7 or 8 points.

“Our last game against Grayson we got blown out by over 40 points and both games with Meade we got blown out. The reality is we are not skilled scorers, mainly due to playing just JV, freshman and 8th grade ball. This one was close for three quarters and we had to gamble defensively in the fourth, which we didn’t want to do because that’s not our strength.

“We only made seven turnover and we executed at a high level for most of the game. I couldn’t be more proud of the effort and discipline we showed.

“Cam (Lucas) and Jordan (Payne) will be missed. They are great leaders and great kids. They contributed in some big games to help us win. Nine wins is more than what many told me we would win. Now, it’s the off season, with the boys knowing what to improve on. We’ll see who puts in the time to do so.”

Morris scored seven points and Madden had six. Mekhel London had four, and Lewko and Wilson scored three each.

Hardesty led Meade County with 19 points.

Grayson County

The Hornets ran into a buzzsaw when they played at Leitchfield Friday. Grayson County took charge in the first quarter and went on to win by a final score of 83-40.

Kobe Martin paced the Cougars with 12 first quarter points and the home team led 29-6 at the first break.

Alex Madden scored two buckets in the first two frames for the Hornets, but the Cougars were strong offensively again in the second and the halftime score was 55-12.

Mekhel London knocked down two 3’s and Dec Lewko splashed from beyond the arc in the third. Camden Lucas, Jacob Shultz, Madden and Taylor Payne all scored for HCHS and Grayson County’s lead was 75-29.

Eli Embry hit a “3” and Keegan Wilson scored four points as Hancock County won the final frame 11-8.

The Hornets shot 37% from the field. They were 4 of 18 from long range and 2 of 4 from the foul line.

Grayson shot 55% from the field. They were 12 of 31 from 3-point range and 5 of 8 from the charity stripe.

Madden had 10 points, four rebounds and three assists. Lewko had seven points and two blocks, London and Shultz (two steals) scored six points each, Wilson had four points and three boards, Embry had three points, Lucas and Payne scored two each.

Martin finished with 19 points to lead GCHS.

By Steve Wimmer

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