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Owls defeat CGB at home

Aria Walstad passes the ball against CGB. Aria used her nose for the ball to nab six rebounds against CGB. Photo by Gregg Cunningham1 / 2
Lindsie Cunningham and Bree Holleman apply pressure on a CGB ball handler. Photo by Gregg Cunningham2 / 2

The Hancock girls basketball team won 72-37 over Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in Pheasant Conference action on Jan. 26, in Hancock.

The highlight of the night was Bree Holleman breaking the career scoring mark.

Holleman set the new mark with 1:36 remaining in regulation with a free thow. The previous record of 2,054 career points was held by Courtney Brewer, a 2003 Hancock graduate. Holleman finished the game with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

"In all 13 years of coaching at HHS, I don't know of anyone who has put more time into playing basketball than Bree," coach Jodi Holleman said. "She is a very dedicated athlete that brings a huge smile every time she steps onto the court. It has been an absolute joy to have the opportunity to coach Bree over the years. Anyone who was at the game knew that she was more worried about getting an assist than she was about breaking that career scoring record."

Illissa Koehl played a strong game for the Owls, scoring 17 points. She was 7 of 9 from the floor -- including three 3-pointers -- and pulled down 5 rebounds. Kendra Schmidgall also shot the ball well and scored 15 points on 7-of 8 shooting.

Overall the Lady Owls shot an 47.5 percent (29 of 61), including a 6-of-10 performance from beyond the arc in the opening half. As a team, the girls dished out a season high 22 assists.

"All of the girls played with a ton of heart, hustle and intensity the entire night," Jodi Holleman said. "This was only our third home game of the season and the girls always seem to shoot well on the home court."