On Tuesday, Dec. 7 the Hancock Owls girls basketball team hosted Clinton-Graceville-Beardlsey in Pheasant Conference action and defeated them by a score of 56-16. Halftime score was 33-4.
The Owls were able to get theirr presses and fast break going early which led to some easy transition buckets. They worked on half-court defenses in the second half and the Wolverines had difficulty getting a good look at the basket. As a team the Owls shot 20/49 (41 percent) (which includes a an impressive 7/15 from beyond the arc with four different players knocking down a trey). They also shot 9/15 (60 percent) from the charity stripe.
"I was really pleased with all the hustle and heart shown on the court," commented coach Jodi Holleman. "As a team, we only had 11 turnovers."
Aria Walstad 13 points, 8 steals, 6 rebounds, 4 assists
Kendra Schmidgall 13 points, 7 steals, 2 assists, 2 blocked shots
Illissa Koehl 12 points, 1 steal
Shae Brown 9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals
Courtney Greiner 5 points, 4 steals, 3 rebounds
Olivia Koehl 2 points, 1 rebound
Abby Ascheman 2 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
Serandon Bigalke 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Sami Schmidgall 2 rebounds
Subway Player of the Game: Aria Walstad
On Friday, Dec. 10, the Lady Owls defeated the West Central Area Knights by a score of 60-49 in the home gym. The half-time score was 30-23 in favor of the Owls.
As a team the Owls shot 26/48 (54 percent) on the night which includes a 3/8 performance from the 3 pointline and the team shot 5/7 (71 percent) from the charity stripe.
Sophomore, Courtney Greiner had an outstanding night, scoring 17 points and pulling down eight rebounds, while Kendra Schmidgall scored 16 points and pulled down five rebounds. Abby Ascheman played her best game of the year, scoring 10 points, playing excellent defense, and pulling down four rebounds. Illissa Koehl also scored 11 points and picked off three steals. Shae Brown scored four points and Olivia Koehl rounded out the scoring with two points.
"It was great to have a balanced scoring attack with four players reaching double figures," Holleman said. "Aria Walstad got into some early foul trouble, but came back and took excellent care of the basketball and dished out six assists."
The Owls improve to 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in the Pheasant Conference. The Owls travel to Ortonville for Pheasant Conference action on Thursday.