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Panthers, Knights split twinbill

February 04, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

Hancock played host to Grace Academy on Friday night as the Panthers and the Knights split a boys-girls basketball twinbill.

The Hancock boys cruised to a 78-34 smothering of the Knights, before the Grace girls toppled the Panthers 60-34 in the nightcap.

In the boys game, Spencer Heller led the Panthers (4-12) with a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Hancock had four other players score in double figures as well. Eli Souders had 12 points, Jarrod McCoy added 11 and Donnie O’Brien and Garrett Wiles each scored 10.

“We talked about running our offense before the game,” Hancock coach Jeff Spielman said. “The kids came out and ran it well.”

Hancock started the game on a 12-0 run and held the Knights without a field goal until the 3:54 mark in the first quarter.

“We changed our press up and that really got us going,” Spielman said. “Once we got a lead, our confidence picked up.”

The Panthers held an 18-point lead after the first quarter that ballooned to a 28-point advantage at the half. Hancock limited Grace to single-digit scoring figures in three out of the four quarters. Hancock outscored the Knights 35-19 in the second half to seal the win.

Eric Boutieller accounted for nearly 60 percent of the Knights offense, scoring 20 points. Daniel Frederickson added seven points.

In the girls game, Tori Aikens posted a double-double for Grace with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Victoria Broadwater led the Knights in scoring with 25 points.

Grace (10-8, 6-5) scored 20 points in the first quarter and added 16 more in the second to command a 16-point lead at the half.

“I used a 2-2-1 press tonight and (Hancock) had some trouble figuring it out,” Grace coach Larry Lorshbaugh said. “We were able to turn up the intensity.”

A key stat in the game was each team’s trips to the charity stripe. Grace got to the line 32 times as opposed to Hancock’s two trips. The Knights converted on 17 free throws.

“(Grace) played a good game tonight,” Hancock coach Todd Ruppenthal said. “They didn’t give up the ball or make many mistakes. I give them all the credit in the world.”

Grace held Hancock to just 14 second-half points en route to its victory.

“Our game is mainly about defense,” Lorshbaugh said.

Jenna Hull led the Panthers with 11 points and eight rebounds. Sara Wagner added eight boards.

Boys box score
Hancock 78, Grace 34
HANCOCK (4-12)

Heller 8 0-4 16, Souders 6 0-0 12, McCoy 5 0-0 11, O’Brien 3 2-6 10, Wiles 4 0-0 10, Ray 2 3-4 7, McKinley 2 0-0 5, Foreman 1 1-2 3, Finney 0 2-2 2, Martin 1 0-0 2. Totals 32 8-18 78.
GRACE ACADEMY (3-14)
Boutieller 7 5-7 20, Frederickson 3 1-2 7, Knight 1 0-0 3, Hykes 1 0-0 2, Price 1 0-0 2, Buwalda 0 0-2 0, Saxena 0 0-2 0. Totals 13 6-13 34.
Hancock    26    17    21    14     —    78
Grace    8    7    7    12    —    34

3-point goals — Hancock 6 (O’Brien 2, Wiles 2, McCoy, McKinley); Grace 1 (Knight, Boutieller).

Girls box score
Grace 60, Hancock 34
GRACE ACADEMY (10-8)

Broadwater 9 5-6 25, Aikens 6 4-5 20, Carroll 3 1-5 7, Koontz 1 6-10 7, Golden 0 1-2 1, Cox 0 0-4 0. Totals 19 17-32 60.
HANCOCK (5-10)
Hull 5 0-0 11, Edgerton 2 0-0 6, Shives 3 0-0 6, Himes 2 0-0 4, Younker 1 0-0 3, True 1 0-0 2, Wagner 1 0-2 2. Totals 15 0-2 34.
Grace    20    16    9    15    —    60
Hancock    9    11    6    8    —    34

3-point goals — Grace 6 (Aikens 4, Broadwater 2); Hancock 4 (Edgerton 2, Hull, Younker). Fouled out —Younker.

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