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Hancock Girls start basketball season with one win and one loss

On Dec. 1, the Hancock girls basketball team traveled to Battle Lake for a non-conference game and defeated the Battlers 43-33.

"The girls looked fundamentally sound, played excellent defense, and took excellent care of the basketball in the final minutes of this game," said coach Jodi Holleman. "As a team, we only had 11 turnovers which is excellent for the first game of the season. I was also pleased with our rebounding. The girls did a great job of boxing out."

The Owls were in some early foul trouble, which gave some of the younger players (Courtney Greiner, Abby Ascheman, and Shae Brown) an opportunity to receive some varsity minutes.

"All three of these girls played very confident," Holleman said.

On Dec. 3, the Owls traveled to Brandon-Evansville for a Section 6A girls basketball game. The Chargers are ranked No. 7 in the state and the Lady Owls are ranked No. 10. The score was locked at 45-45 at the end of regulation. The Chargers scored a bucket with 7 seconds remaining in OT for the victory.

The Owls jumped out to an early 13-5 lead.

"The girls whipped right through the Charger presses for some easy buckets in the opening minutes," Holleman said.

B-E kept chipping away at the lead and ended the first half trailing by two points, 30-28.

The second half proved to be a defensive battle by both teams. Overall, the Chargers owned the boards, but the Owls lit it up from 3-point range and hitting 8 of 20 attempts (40 percent).

"This was a tough loss for the Lady Owls," Holleman said. "As a coach, you always want your team to be in a position to win the game. At the end of regulation, we did have the ball and set up a basic screen and roll with an opportunity to win, but the ball bounced off the rim with two seconds remaining and the game went into overtime."

In the OT period, the Owls settled for low-percentage shots and the Chargers gained possession of the basketball with 45 seconds remaining. The Chargers ran the clock down and Heather Stresse scored from the right block for the win.

"We had some mis-communication inbounding the ball and did not get a very good shot off to end the game," Holleman said. "We learned a lot from this game, and we will continue to improve every single week."

Up next: The Owls host Montevideo on Friday, Dec. 11