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Hancock girls play 4 games in a week, bring home 3 wins

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On Tuesday, Feb. 16, the Lady Owls traveled to Clinton for the final Pheasant Conference game of the year and defeated the Wolverines by a score of 63-37.

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The Owls improved to 6-0 in the Pheasant Conference with the victory and became "4-peat" Pheasant Conference champions. "I was a bit worried about having some tired legs in this game as it was the fourth game in five days for the Lady Owls," coach Jodi Holleman said. "The girls came out with a ton of energy in the opening half and led 40-19, but were caught on their heels a bit defensively in the second half. It was great to have nine girls reach the scoring column and dish out On Monday, Feb. 15, the Lady Owls defeated the Benson Braves by a score of 71-69 on the home court.

"This was a nice win on parents/grandparents night against a very talented Benson Brave team," commented Coach Holleman. "I was pleased with our overall shooting in this game. We shot better from beyond the arc (11 of 22) than we did in the paint/perimeter (11 of 27). It was great to have three girls score in double figures and pull down 28 rebounds. The girls took excellent care of the basketball with very few turnovers and finished 16/18 from the charity stripe to seal the deal."

Special thanks to Alison Bigalke for making all of the tags for all the parents to wear. On Thursday, Feb. 18, the Hancock girls basketball team hosted the Underwood Rockets for senior night and picked up a 64-51 win.

"The girls came out hot and hit 10 3-pointers in the opening half with seven different players knocking down the 3-ball," said coach Jodi Holleman. "I wish that we could have kept playing, because we came out a bit cold the second half. This was the fourth game that the Lady Owls hit duplicate amounts of baskets for 2s and 3s. We shot 12 of 24 for twos and 12 of 26 for treys which shows that we have an excellent inside-outside attack along with 17 impressive assists."

The three seniors/captains were honored prior to the start of the game. Bree Holleman posted her first triple double of her career with 14 pts/10 rebounds/11 assists. Lindsie Cunningham played outstanding defense, scored 10 points, and picked off 3 steals. Kaylee Voorhees played excellent defense and was all over the floor, scored 4 pts, and pulled down 3 rebounds.

This is the speech that was read by Coach Holleman prior to the game against Underwood:

These three seniors are the tri-captains of the Owls basketball team this year. I swear that these three girls started dribbling a basketball when they were one year old. They have been extremely dedicated to basketball over the years and because of all their hard work. They are fundamentally sound and have experienced a lot of success at HHS over the past four years with the following accomplishments:

1. Four pheasant conference titles

2. One runner-up trophy at the state tournament

3. Two south half championship trophies

4. One Section 6A championship trophy and one Section 6A runner-up trophy. Overall record in four years: 83-16 and an impressive 38-2 record on the home floor.

We are hoping that these girls will lead this team to a victory tonight on the home floor and straight to the Section 6A final for some unfinished business. On Saturday, Feb. 20, the Lady Owls traveled to UMM to take on a tough class AA Minnewaska team and defeated them by a score of 53-50.

"The Lady Owls led 30-27 in the opening half and led by as much as 11 points midway through the second half, but the Lakers kept hanging around and closed the gap to within two points in the final minute," said Coach Holleman. "Hancock made some key free-throws down the stretch to seal the deal. The Owls shot 20/44 on the night which includes 4/11 from beyond the arc. It was great to have eight players reach the scoring column. This was the sixth game in nine days for the Owls with only two practices. I could see that the legs were tired in the second half, but the girls played with a ton of heart and picked up the win. You have to give credit to Minnewaska as they have a very nice team, and they played a very intense game."

The Owls improve to 19-3 overall and will travel to Barnsville on Thursday, Feb. 25 for the final regular season game.

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