Panthers get in win column

December 22, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • Hancock's Joan Leavy, left, battles Grace Academy's Caitlin Cox for a loose ball in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's girls basketball game at Grace Academy.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Hancock’s boys and girls basketball teams earned their first victories of the season Thursday as they swept host Grace Academy.

The Hancock girls cruised in the night’s first game, beating the Knights 54-29. The boys score was just as lopsided, a 62-24 drubbing.

* In the boys game, Donnie O’Brien led the way for the Panthers (1-4) with a double-double, going for 13 points and 10 rebounds while also recording six steals.

“It was a good game to win going into Christmas break,” Hancock coach Jeff Spielman said. “The first win is always the toughest, but we finally got it.”

The tone was set early in the game as Hancock led 13-2 after the first quarter. Grace (3-9) went on a scoring drought that spanned nearly nine minutes before a free throw finally ended it.

The Knights, however, would go without a field goal for more than 13 minutes in the first half. Alan Liu’s basket with 3:44 remaining in the second quarter broke the drought.

Hancock spread the ball around well as nearly every player scored a point. When the starters got a breather, the bench players didn’t disappoint.

“I have a lot of guys who can shoot on the team,” Spielman said. “(Grace) was sitting back in a zone and we got some open looks.”

Garrett Wiles finished with 11 points and a team-high six assists, Devon Mitchell led all bench scorers with 10 points and Hunter McKinley pulled down 15 boards for the Panthers.

Spielman was pleased with how the Panthers performed, especially since they have undergone some changes since the start of the season.

“We’ve changed up the philosophy about three times this season, but I think we’re finally starting to settle in,” Spielman said.

Liu led Grace, scoring half of the Knights’ points with 12.

* Alisa Shives had a career day for Hancock (1-5) in the girls game, scoring 28 points — including seven 3-pointers.

The Knights (3-7) had no real answer for Shives.

“We really shot well tonight,” Hancock coach Todd Ruppenthal said. “We started shooting well in the second half of our last game against Saint James and it just carried over to tonight.”

Lyndsay Himes finished with eight points and 11 rebounds, while Tiffany Younker had eight assists.

“We’re getting better,” Ruppenthal said. “We didn’t make the fundamental mistakes tonight that we have before. We were more patient and took what they gave us. We didn’t force things tonight.”

Boys Basketball
Hancock 62, Grace Academy 24
O’Brien 13, Wiles 11, Mitchell 10, Martin 8, Manning 6, Sipe 5, McKinley 4, Finney 2, Foreman 2, Anderson 1. Totals 22 6-16 62.
Liu 12, Frederickson 5, Buwalda 3, Hykes 3, Brown 1. Totals 9 6-11 24.
Hancock     13    15    19    15    —    52
Grace Academy    2    10    6    6    —    24
3-point goals — Hancock 10 (Manning 2, Martin 2, Mitchell 2, O’Brien 2, McKinley).

Girls Basketball
Hancock 54, Grace Academy 29
Shives 28, Bain 8, Hymes 8, Harvey 2, Leavy 2, Shoemaker 2, Wagner 2, Younker 2. Totals 21 3-6 54.
Cox 12, Koontz 12, Crespo 2, House 2, Broadwater 1. Totals 5 17-38 29.
3-point goals — Hancock 9 (Shives 7, Bain 2). Grace 2 (Koontz).

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