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Hancock girls take sixth straight conference title

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The Owl girls' basketball team jumped out to a 40-15 halftime lead and never looked back defeating the Clinton Graceville Beardsley Wolverines 73-45 on Jan. 31.

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Courtney Greiner had 21 points, 19 rebounds, Kendra Schmidgall 20 points, 10 rebounds, and eight blocked shots, Serandon Bigalke 13 points, five assists and Olivia Koehl had seven points, eight assists, and four steals.

As a team the Owls shot 27/56 for 48 percent which includes 6/14 from beyond the arc and 13/19 from the free throw line.

"CGB is a much improved team from the first time that we played them" stated Coach Jodi Holleman.

The Hancock girls' basketball team defeated the Underwood Rockets at home by a score of 52-26 on Feb. 3.

Team shooting percent of twos was 17/34 for 50 percent.

Shooting percent of threes was 5/9 for 55.5 percent Overall percent was 22/43 for 51 percent.

Free-throw percent was 3/9 for 33.3 percent.

Total team turnovers was 30

"This was a special win for our two senior captains, Kendra Schmidgall and Olivia Koehl as they were honored on Senior Night" said Coach Jodi Holleman. "Ann Bade, foreign exchange student, was also honored on Friday night."

"I was very pleased with our defense, holding a very good Underwood team to 26 points. It was also great to have eight girls reach the scoring column and shoot an impressive 51 percent on the night (which includes 5/9 from beyond the arc). The girls did an excellent job of boxing out, pulling down 35 rebounds. We still need to take better care of the basketball as we had a season high 30 turnovers in this game.

The Owls improve to 14-3 after this Section 6A win.

Special thanks to Community Development Bank for the balls thrown out by the varsity starters.

On Saturday, Feb. 4, the Hancock Owl girl's basketball team defeated the Hillcrest Comets at the University of Minnesota, Morris P.E. Center by a score of 70-55. This game was a part of the Pheasant Conference/Little Eight battle.

Team shooting percent of twos was 27/48 for 56.3 percent.

Shooting percent of threes was 2/7 for 29 percent.

Overall shooting percent was 29/55for 53 percent

Free-throw percent was 3/6 for 50 percent.

Total team turnovers was 14.

"We took better care of the basketball today and played some excellent team basketball dishing out a season high 20 assists." said Coach Jodi Holleman "Defensively, I felt that we were caught on our heels in our full court presses and in the half court. I was pleased with our 53 percent shooting."

"The Comets played with a ton of heart and hustle the entire night and shot the lights out knocking down 8/18 from beyond the arc."

The Owls improve to 15-3 overall and will travel to Ortonville on Thursday for their final Pheasant Conference game of the year.

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