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Hancock girls make BIG Waves at SWEET 16 Tour.

The Varsity Hancock Girls basketball players recently competed at a Pacesetter Elite Basketball tournament and came home with a 2-2 overall record. In the tournament they faced many larger schools and held their own including a win over Willmar. The team includes in front from left - Olivia Koehl, Shae Brown, Tara Flaten, Lindsie Cunningham, Serandon Bigalke and Samantha Schmidgall. In back - Ilissa Koehl, Abby Ascheman, Aria Walstad, Bree Holleman, Courtney Greiner, Kendra Schmidgall, Lauren Nelson and...

On Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd, the Lady Owls had the opportunity to participate in the Pacesetter Sweet Sixteen Basketball Championship Tournament. Sports writers throughout Minnesota picked the top four teams in each Class and scrambled the teams up for a tournament. The Owls were very honored that they had the opportunity to participate in this elite tournament.

The following teams participated in this tournament: Cedar Mtn/Comfrey, Braham, Eastview, New Prague, Providence Academy, Willmar, Bloomington Kennedy, Hancock, Staples-Motley, Hopkins, Bigfork, Worthington, Benilde-St. Margaret's, New London Spicer, Chaska, and Bemidji.

High School coaches are not allowed to coach after August 1, so Mark Holleman and Kim Voorhees took on the coaching responsibilities and did an outstanding job.

Unfortunately, in the first round, Hancock was matched up against AAAA powerhouse, Bloomington-Kennedy (who won the entire tournament last year and went on to win it all again this year). The Owls put up a good fight and only trailed 14-18 at halftime, but ended up losing 40-52. We got into some huge foul trouble in this game, which gave B-K numerous free-throw opportunities.

Comments: This was a typical morning basketball game whereby we missed at least 8 bunny shots and missed a total of 10 free-throws that would have made a difference in the outcome of the game. We also picked up two offensive charges in this game that gave B-K some momentum. The highlight of the game was the 3-pointer at the end of the game by Tara Flaten. I was also impressed with Abby "Automatic" Ascheman stepping up to the free-throw line at an intense moment and going 1/2. It was great that all of the girls got into the game against this quality AAAA school.



In the second round, we were matched up against the Willmar Cardinals (Class AAA) and defeated them by a score of 51-48. This was a close game from start to finish. We had a tough time with Willmar's 6'3" post player in the first half, but we were able to contain her in the second half.

Comments: It was great to have three players in double figures in this game. I saw a lot of excellent team basketball. The girls took excellent care of the basketball at the end of the game and made some key free-throws to seal the deal. Kendra Schmidgall played a solid game scoring 14 points and pulling down 7 rebounds. Lindsie Cunningham knocked down three huge treys, and Bree Holleman went 8/10 from the free-throw line. Courtney Greiner took a charge to gain some huge momentum for the Owls. This was a nice win for the Class A Hancock Owls and against a quality AAA Willmar Cardinal team.