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Hancock Girls lose 'battle' with West Central

Bree Holleman cuts into the lane to score two of here 33 points in the game with Montevideo. Photo by Gregg Cunningham

The Hancock girls basketball team lost to West Central Area 45-43 on a last-second shot in a Dec. 17 non-conference game.

The Owls led 21-16 at halftime.

"This game was more like a football game than a basketball game, but overall I was really proud of the effort by all the lady Owls," said coach Jodi Holleman. "The girls played very poised and played with a ton of heart and hustle the entire night."

The Owls did an outstanding job of crashing the boards, pulling down a season high 46 rebounds. Unfortunately, their hooting percentage on the night was poor (17 of 61), which may attribute to the larger number of offensive boards, Holleman said.

"It was really frustrating to see the girls miss so many lay-ups and bunny shots," she said.

With the score tied 43-43 and 1:16 remaining in regulation, the Owls held the ball out for one shot. With 10 seconds remaining in the game, the Owls tried to get a time out but it wasn't called and the clock ran down to 5.8 seconds and a jump ball was called and WCA had the possession arrow.

Liza Torgerson inbounded the ball, got it back and went the distance with a floater in the paint at the buzzer for the win.

"This was a very disappointing loss for the Owls," Holleman said. "As a coach, you always want to be in a position to win the game by having possession of the ball at the end of regulation. I have no answers for why the time-out was not acknowledged by the officials. Looking back, we did shoot very poorly plus we did shoot 16 more shots than WCA. I don't ever recall Hancock having more rebounds than points in a game."

"We will not hang our heads over this loss," Holleman said. "These girls came back into the gym the next day and made 750 baskets in 30 minutes. We will keep working hard and plan to win a ton of games in 2010."

Hancock girls defeat Ortonville on the road

On Tuesday, Dec. 15, the Hancock girls basketball team traveled to Ortonville for our first Pheasant Conference game of the new season and defeated the Trojans 46-28.

"It was great to have nine players reach the scoring column in this game," Holleman said. "It was also great to have Lindsie Cunningham back. She played an excellent game. Our bench continues to get deeper each week. We still need to shoot better on the road as we only shot 31 percent from the field and 60 percent from the free-throw line."