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Things go Hancock's way in win

January 12, 2007|by TIM KOELBLE

HANCOCK - It was obvious things were working out well for the Hancock girls basketball team by the end of the first half.

With a 24-12 lead over Hyndman and the clock winding down, Stacey Pittman swished her only two points on a 12-foot baseline jumper with 5 seconds to go - while her glasses were falling from the bridge of her nose.

The Panthers staked themselves to an early 8-0 lead and ended with their second win of the year, knocking off winless Hyndman 54-30 on Thursday.

"Things were better than they have been and the girls deserve a win," said Hancock coach Rocky Wills. "We've had some lapses and losses, but I've always been happy with their effort."

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Wills inserted 5-foot-8 Samantha Truax into the lineup at the outset of the second period and the Panthers (2-8) went to town.

Truax had a putback and, after two free throws by Holley Funk, put in another bucket for a 14-4 lead. Moments later, Truax got behind Hyndman's 1-3-1 zone down low in the paint and delivered two more goals on assists from Kris Creek and Brandy Jenkins to give the Panthers a 24-7 lead.

"We've been trying to work on an inside game and (Truax) was able to finish off with scores," said Wills.

Much of the revamped inside game can be attributed to the return of Creek - who had been ill - to play alongside Jenkins.

"With Kris back, the others know they can look to get the ball by working off of screens," said Wills.

In addition to recording seven steals, Creek dished out six assists while Jenkins had eight assists.

Hyndman (0-12) did itself no favor trying to stay in the game in the first half, hitting 20 percent from the floor and 2 of 13 from the foul line.

The Panthers rocked Hyndman with a 14-2 run out the gates to start the second half, with Creek hitting three goals and Truax scoring twice in the run for a 40-14 lead.

The Panthers' desire to work inside against Hyndman led to exactly half of Hancock's 60 shots coming in the paint. Overall, Hancock hit 23 of 60 (38 percent), bringing a smile to Wills' face as his team reached a high watermark for scoring thus far.

"That's about 10 percent higher than our season average," he noted.

Truax finished with 16 points and tied Jenkins for rebound honors with eight. Creek tallied 11 points and Jenkins added six steals and seven points to her eight assists. Shawnda Wills also contributed six steals.

Robyn Salt led Hyndman with 11 points. The Hornets hit 12 of 57 from the floor (21 percent) and 6 of 21 at the line. Hancock had 25 turnovers and Hyndman 30.

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