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Hancock Girls defeat tough Minneota team, 52-37

The Hancock girls basketball team defeated Minneota 52-37 on the road Jan. 30.

The Owls led 27-17 at halftime and built their biggest lead of the night, 44-21, with 9:05 remaining in the game.

"Defensively, the girls executed our game plan with complete perfection," coach Jodi Holleman said. "Lindsie Cunningham had the job of defending their ace 3-point shooter, Taya Kockelman, and held her to three buckets."

The inside combo of Kendra Schmidgall, Courtney Greiner, and Lauren Nelson held the Vikings' Ashlynn Muhl to 11 points, well below her average.

"Kaylee Voorhees and Illissa Koehl played with no fear and are all over the court fighting for every single loose ball," Holleman said. "Aria Walstad leads the charge on our presses with her quick hands and deflections."

Bree Holleman led the scoring with 28 points and lit it up from beyond the arc, hitting 8 of 10 3-point shots.

Holleman shot an air-ball in her first 3-point attempt, then came back and hit six in a row before missing a trey before halftime.

Holleman came back and hit two more right away in the second half while Kendra Schmidgall nailed one from the top of the key to blow the game open.

The Lady Owls finished the game shooting 55 percent overall and 9 of 14 (percent from beyond the arc.

"Overall, I was pleased with the performance of all of the girls," Jodi Holleman said. "I was very worried about playing such a tough team on a Saturday afternoon and on the road, but the girls brought on their "A" game and picked up a nice "W" against a very strong team," concluded Holleman.

The Lady Owls will host KMS at home on Friday, Feb. 5.