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Hancock Girls open season with win over Monte

The Lady Owls basketball team traveled to Montevideo on Tuesday, Nov. 30 and defeated the Thunderhawks 53-29.

The girls played outstanding defense the entire night holding Monte to seven buckets in the first half and five buckets in the second half.

They had a balanced scoring attack with Kendra Schmidgall leading the way with 19 points, followed by Aria Walstad with 11, Illissa Koehl with 11, Courtney Greiner with seven, Serandon Bigalke with three, and Olivia Koehl with two points.

Walstad and Illissa Koehl led the rebounding pulling down seven boards each and both of these girls led the steal category with five picks each.

Walstad did a great job of handling the ball as she dished out seven assists on the night, while Schmidgall dished out five assists.

As a team the Owls shot 21/49 (43 percent) which includes 3/9 from beyond the arc. The Owls were 8/12 from the charity stripe.

"Overall, this was a nice win over a AA school. I was really pleased that we only had 13 turnovers on the night," said coach Jodi Holleman.

The Lady Owls improved to 2-0 with a Section 6A win over the Brandon-Evansville Chargers by a score of 47-33 in the home opener on Thursday, Dec. 2.

They jumped out to a 29-14 lead at halftime, but the Chargers came storming back in the second half and closed the gap in the last three minutes and the Owls hung on for the win.

Once again, it was an excellent defensive performance by all of the girls, holding the Chargers to 33 points; however, they looked a bit sluggish offensively.

Schmidgall led the scoring with 17 points, followed by Koehl with 12 points, Shae Brown with eight, Walstad with four, Greiner with four, and Olivia Koehl with two points.

Greiner led the rebounding with six, followed by Olivia Koehl, Illissa Koehl, and Kendra Schmidgall with four boards each.

Walstad led the steals with four, while Abby Ascheman led the assist category with three.

As a team the Owls shot 20/54 (38 percent) which includes a sluggish 1/14 performance from beyond the arc....which is very rare in the home gymnasium. They were 6/10 from the free-throw line.

The Owls are looking fundamentally sound with only six turnovers on the night.

West Central Area comes to town on Friday, Dec. 10. The elementary youth basketball players will perform at half-time of the b-team game and the elementary dancers will perform at half-time of the varsity game.

Please keep your calendar open for Saturday, Dec. 18 as Minnesota Basketball News will be coming to town for a shooting contest in the Hancock gym for all ages. The cost to enter will be $10 and everyone will receive a Timberwolves ticket for participating. A portion of the profits will be donated to the food shelf.