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Third-quarter run sparks Hancock to upset win

February 12, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK — The Hancock boys basketball team used an 11-0 run at the end of the third quarter to take the lead, then held off Southern Fulton in the fourth to pull off a 67-62 upset win over the Indians in the nightcap of a girls-boys doubleheader on Saturday.

Earlier, Southern Fulton’s girls routed Hancock, 87-33.

In the boys game, Hancock grabbed its first lead of the game with 1:35 left in the third quarter on a Donnie O’Brien layup. It was the first of four lead changes and two ties in the second half.

“It was a big win in a big rivalry,” Hancock coach Jeff Spielman said. “We stepped up tonight and made some big free throws.”

The Panthers (6-12) led 65-62 with 3.1 seconds left when Garrett Wiles stepped to the charity stripe and sank both shots, icing the game for Hancock.

“I shoot 25 free throws every practice and usually make about 85 percent of them,” Wiles said. “I just wanted to take it easy and make the shots.”

The Indians (16-4) jumped out to an early lead, claiming a nine-point advantage after the first quarter. Hancock scored 16 points in the second quarter to draw within four of Southern Fulton at halftime.

“This was our fourth game this week and we were missing two starters,” Southern Fulton coach Kent Hendershot said. “But I don’t take anything away from Hancock. They shot the ball well and played a good game.”

O’Brien, Spencer Heller, Jarrod McCoy and Vince Foreman all reached double figures for the Panthers. Heller led the charge with 17 points, McCoy had 15 and Foreman and O’Brien each added 11.

“This was our first win against (Southern Fulton) since 2005,” Spielman said. “I thought we could be playing like this all year, it just took a little longer than I expected.”

Ryan Harper led Southern Fulton with 34 points.

· In the girls game Southern Fulton held Hancock in check one night after the Panthers scored 74 points against Paw Paw.

“We played a pretty solid game,” Southern Fulton coach Mark Mellott said. “We came and set the tempo and were able to control the game.”

Lacey Beatty nearly had a triple-double for Southern Fulton scoring 18 points, dishing out 12 assists and collecting nine steals. Chelsie Eader led the Indians in scoring with 25 points. In her first varsity start, Cortney Strait scored 19 points and stole the ball six times.

Southern Fulton (16-3) came out on a tear in the first quarter. Holding a 16-4 lead, the Indians went on a 15-2 run that pushed their lead to 25.

“We were able to keep a good, even pace throughout the game,” Mellott said. “We’re a running team and if given the opportunity, we’ll put up a lot of points.

The Indians limited Hancock to single-digit scoring in three quarters. Maureen Leavy led Hancock (6-11) with 15 points and pulled down 11 boards.

“They’re the toughest team on our schedule,” Hancock coach Todd Ruppenthal said. “They played really well and have a solid team.”

JV Boys: Southern Fulton 60-46. (SF: B. Litton 23 points; H: H. McKinley 24 points).

JV Girls: Southern Fulton 74-17. (SF: A. Roman 26 points).

Boys
Hancock 67, Southern Fulton 62
SOUTHERN FULTON (16-4)

Harper 13 4-6 34, Gordon 3 0-0 9, Leasure 3 0-0 8, Smartt 3 1-4 7, Kubaugh 2 0-0 4. Totals 25 5-10 62.
HANCOCK (6-12)
Heller 8 1-4 17, McCoy 6 0-0 15, Foreman 5 0-0 11, O’Brien 4 3-3 11, Ray 2 0-0 6, Wiles 0 5-6 5, Souders 1 0-0 2. Totals 26 9-13 67.
S. Fulton    20    13    7    22    —    62
Hancock    11    16    23    17    —    67
3-point goals — Hancock 6 (McCoy 3, Ray 2, Foreman); S. Fulton 10 (Harper 4, Gordon 3, Leasure 2, Smart). Techincal — Smartt.

Girls
Southern Fulton 87, Hancock 33
SOUTHERN FULTON (16-3)

Eader 9 7-7 25, Strait 9 0-0 19, Beatty 6 6-6 18, Leasure 3 2-3 8, J. Hollenshead 2 0-0 4, Mills 1 2-2 4, Chilote 1 1-2 3, Elbin 1 0-0 3, M. Hollenshead 1 1-2 3. Totals 33 19-22 87.
HANCOCK (6-11)
Leavy 7 1-2 15, Wagner 3 0-0 6, Hull 2 0-0 5, True 1 0-0 3, Shives 1 0-0 2, Younker 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 1-2 33.
S. Fulton    34    17    18    18    —    87
Hancock    11    6    9    7    —    33
3-point goals — S. Fulton 2 (Elbin, Strait); Hancock 2 (Hull, True).

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