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Hancock girls host Pacesetter basketball tournament at UMM

The Hancock Lady Owls hosted a Pacesetter tournament at UMM on June 26 with Buffalo, New London-Spicer, Montevideo varsity, Montevideo junior varsity, Hancock varsity and Hancock junior varsity participating.

In pool play, the Hancock varsity finished 2-0 for the #1 seed while the Hancock JV team finished 1-1 for the #2 seed. The Hancock varsity defeated the Monte varsity 30-14 and NLS 15-7. Kendra Schmidgall led the scoring in pool play with 15 points, followed by Illissa Koehl with 13 points, Lauren Nelson 7, Courtney Greiner 4, Shae Brown 4 and Tara Flaten 2.

The JV team defeated the Monte JV 17-7 and lost to a very strong Buffalo team in pool play, which matched them up against the Monte varsity in the opening round of the tournament.

Opening round

The JV team defeated Montevideo varsity 28-21. Greiner and Brown lead the scoring with seven points each, while Olivia Koehl scored six, Abby Ascheman 4, Serandon Bigalke 2, and Sami Schmidgall 2. Greiner also lead the rebounding with six and blocked shots with four.

"I was very pleased with the balanced scoring attack and the defensive pressure by all the girls," said coach Jodi Holleman. "Tara Flaten had some key steals in this game."

In the next round, the JV Owls were matched up against NLS and lost a heartbreaker in triple overtime 24-23. The Owls had possession of the ball three times with an opportunity to win, but were unable to convert. Hancock was also 3 of 15 from the free throw line, which would have changed the outcome of the game.

Greiner lead the scoring with 10 points, followed by Flaten with 4, Ascheman with 5, Bigalke with 2 and Olivia Koehl and Brown with one point each. Ascheman lead the rebounding with nine, while Greiner pulled down eight. Brown had four steals and Bigalke had three.

In the championship game, the Owls were matched up against Buffalo, a AAA school. The Lady Owls led 24-22 at halftime, but lost 47-38. Once again they had a nice, balanced scoring attack. Schmidgall had 17 points, four rebounds; Illissa Koehl 7 points, two steals; Greiner 4 points, five rebounds; Nelson had 3 points and four rebounds; Brown three points; Aria Walstad had two points; and Olivia Koehl had two points.

"It was unfortunate that we just played a tough game against NLS and numerous games as the outcome may have been different," said Holleman. "This game was closer than the score indicates as we had to foul down the stretch and Buffalo knocked down their free throws."

"Overall, this was a great tournament for the Lady Owls. The seniors showed a lot of leadership and the entire team played with a ton of heart and hustle. The girls looked fundamentally sound," added Holleman.

Special thanks to Sereina Holleman and Pete Holleman for taking tickets and Leah Nelson and Allison Bigalke for keeping all the stats. Thanks to all the moms who worked in the concession stand and the dads who helped clean up the gym.

The girls would like to thank all the junior high girls for bringing food and pop and helping out at the tournament. This type of team chemistry will only bring success to the program.