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Hancock girls defeat Minnewaska and Benson

Courtney Greiner, 23 for the Owls, takes on Sydney Joos from Minnewaska during a game on Saturday. Sydney is the daughter of Scott and Kim Joos, granddaughter of Pete Joos.

Hancock 61

Minnewaska 24

On Saturday, Feb. 5, the Hancock Owl girls' basketball team defeated the Minnewaska Lakers at the University of Minnesota, Morris PE Center 61-24. The Lakers have a very young and inexperienced team this year. Minnewaska Coach Menseng had them playing at the top of their game and with a lot of heart.

In the opening half the Owls were able to get the presses and fast break going to take a 35-13 halftime lead.

Stat leaders were:

Kendra Schmidgall 15 points, 6 assists, 3 steals

Illissa Koehl 15 points, 3 assists, 2 steals

Courtney Greiner 14 points, 7 rebounds,3 steals

Shae Brown 6 points, 2 steals, 2 assists

Aria Walstad 6 points, 8 assists

Abby Ascheman 3 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

Olivia Koehl 2 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound

"As a team we shot 21 out of 36 (58 percent) which includes 1 of 6 from beyond the arc." stated Coach Jodi Holleman. "We also shot 18 of 21 (86 percent) from the free-throw line. It was great to have the opportunity to play at the UMM P.E. Center, especially with playoffs around the corner. It was also fun to stay and support UMM Cougar players, Tara Thielke, Jenny Noordmans, and Brendon Foss in their college games against Bethany Lutheran, Mankato."

Aria Walstad was named Player of the Game.

The Owls improve to 16-1 overall.

The girls hosted Wheaton/Herman-Norcross in Pheasant Conference action on Feb. 8 and then host Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on Friday, Feb. 11.

Hancock 67

Benson 36

The Hancock Owl girls' basketball team defeated the Benson Braves 67-35 on Feb. 3. The Benson Braves team is currently leading the West Central South Conference.

Hancock shot the ball well in the opening half going 18 for 30 which includes 5 of 8 from 3 point range. Point guard, Aria Walstad, knocked down 3 of those treys to lead the way. The girls did a great job of moving their feet on the presses which led to some transition buckets.

The halftime score was 46-22.

"The girls played outstanding defense the entire night, especially in the second half where the Braves were held to four buckets." stated coach Jodi Holleman.

Stat Leaders were:

Kendra Schmidgall 18 points, 3 rebounds

Aria Walstad 14 points, 9 assists

Courtney Greiner 13 points, 9 rebounds

Illissa Koehl 10 points, 6 rebounds

Shae Brown 10 points, 3 rebounds

Abby Ascheman 2 points, 4 steals

"As a team we shot 27 of 47 (57 percent) which includes 5 of 10 from beyond the arc," stated Holleman. "We also hit 8 of 13 (61.5 percent) from the free-throw line. It was great to have 5 girls reach double figures in scoring with tournaments right around the corner. The girls played some very unselfish basketball and looked fundamentally sound out on the court. This was a nice win against a quality AA school."