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Hancock girls improve record to 19-3

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, the Owls girls' basketball team defeated Central Minnesota Christian in Prinsburg by a score of 57-42.

Shooting percentages were: Twos - 18/33 for 54.5 percent. Threes - 3/13 for 23 percent. Overall 21/46 for 46 percent. Free-throws 12/17 for 71 percent.

Total team turnovers was 15.

"We struggled on both ends of the floor in the opening half trailing 23-27" said Coach Jodi Holleman. "However, we turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and outscored them 34-15. We changed up our presses and half-court defense and held them to five buckets in the second half.

"Post players, Kendra Schmidgall and Courtney Greiner, combined for 46 points and dominated in the paint. The guards played with a ton of heart and hustle the entire night."

The Owls improve to 18-3 with this win.

On Saturday, Feb. 18, the Hancock girls' basketball team defeated the Canby Lancers on the road by a score of 44-42.

Team Shooting percent of twos was 7/25 or 28 percent. Shooting percent of threes was 5/18 for 28 percent. Overall percentage was 12/43 for 28 percent. Free-throw percent was 15/18 for 83 percent.

Total team turnovers was 12.

"Canby jumped out to a 9-0 lead, but the Owls came back and tied up the score 11-11 with 9:10 remaining in the opening half and went on to take a 18-16 halftime lead" said Coach Jodi Holleman. "We played excellent defense in the opening half holding senior standout, Riley Nordgaard to seven points.

"The second half proved to be a defensive battle by both teams. With the score tied 35-35 with three minutes remaining in the game, we were able to convert 9/10 from the free-throw line to seal the deal and pick up a 44-42 win.

"Kendra Schmidgall led the scoring with 19 points, including 4/9 from beyond the arc and 5/6 from the freethrow line. Olivia Koehl played her best game of the season scoring 11 points. Serandon Bigalke took excellent care of the basketball while dishing out six assists to go along with nine points, including 6/6 from the free-throw line. Courtney Greiner led the rebounding with nine."

The Owls improve to 19-3 on the season with this win.

The Parkers Prairie Panthers will be coming to Hancock on Thursday for a Section 6A matchup.