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Hancock Girls win two in sub-section tournaments

Hitting a wall. Ilissa Koehl came up against a wall of defense quite often during the game with Brandon-Evansville. It didn't stop her from scoring ten points hitting eight crucial free-throws in the second half. Photo by Katie Erdman1 / 4
Taking flight. Courtney Greiner puts her all into grabbing a rebound during the tournament play-off game with Brandon Evansville on Saturday. Photo by Katie Erdman2 / 4
Outside shots. The outside shooting of Lauren Nelson and Kendra Schmidgall helped boost the Owls to the play-off win over Brandon Evansville on Saturday. Photos by Katie Erdman3 / 4
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By Craig Olson

For the Record

The third seeded Hancock Lady Owls hosted No. 6 Ashby on Thursday night in the Section 6A South sub-section playoffs. Hancock posted an 81-50 victory, eliminating the Arrows from the tournament and advancing to a 6A quarterfinal contest against Brandon-Evansville on Saturday at the UMM PE Center in Morris.

The Owls jumped out to a 12-2 lead after three minutes and never looked back as they took a 49-25 haltime lead.

Bree Holleman led five Lady Owls in double figures, scoring 15 points. She also dished out 6 assists and came up with 4 steals. Kendra Schmidgall had a big night inside, scoring 12 points and blocking four shots. Lauren Nelson (12 points, 4 rebounds), Lindsie Cunningham (10 points, 5 assists) and Illissa Koehl (10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists) were also in double digits.

Aria Walstad and Shae Brown came off the bench and sparked the Owls with 7 and 6 points, respectively, while Kaylee Voorhees scored 4 points and dished out 4 assists.

"It was great to have five players in double figures," said Hancock head coach Jodi Holleman. "Congrats to Coach John Kent and the Lady Arrows on a fine performance and a great season. Special congrats to Amanda Johnson on a wonderful career. She is quite a competitor and tough to stop."

Johnson finished her career scoring 27 points and grabbing 8 rebounds in the game.

By Craig Olson

For the Record

The No. 3-seeded Hancock Owls prevailed against No. 2-seeded Brandon/Evansville 48-44 on Saturday afternoon in the Section 6A quarterfinals at the UMM P.E. Center in Morris.

The halftime score 23-22 in favor of Brandon-Evansville.

The Owls jumped out to an 11-2 lead but B-E came back to take the lead at the half and take a 29-24 lead early in the second half. It was at that point that the Owls went on an 8-0 run to regain the lead. The Chargers were down by eight points with one minute remaining, but were able to close the game to two points before losing by four when Illissa Koehl hit two of her eight free throws to ice the game. Koehl made 8-of-10 foul shots and finished with 10 points in the game. Kendra Schmidgall led the Owls with 11 points. Bree Holleman finished with 9 points for Hancock.

"The Lady Owls were extremely patient on offense the entire night and took excellent care of the basketball," said Hancock head coach Jodi Holleman. "I was pleased with the balanced scoring attack and the excellent shooting from the charity stripe."

B-E was paced by Megan Boesl with 17 points and 5 assists. Megan Strese recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Heather Strese finished the game with 9 points and 6 rebounds.

"Defensively, our game plan was to stop the Strese sisters in the paint and let the rest try to beat us," continued Holleman. "We did hold Megan to 11 points and Heather to 9 points, but Megan Boesl had a whale of a game, scoring 17 points. This was an exciting game from start to finish. Congrats to Coach Dick Simpson on another successful season."

Hancock hit 43 percent (16 of 37) of their field goal attempts and made 11-of-13 free throws. Brandon-Evansville made 42 percent (16 of 38) of their shots from the field and converted 10-of-14 from the charity stripe. The Chargers led the battle for the boards, 23-19.

B-E ends the season with a 20-6 record.