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Hancock, Broadfording split hoops doubleheader

January 09, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK — The Hancock boys and girls basketball teams hosted a doubleheader with Broadfording Christian Academy and split the two games Monday night.

The Broadfording boys pulled away from Hancock in the second half to claim an 85-65 victory. In the girls contest, Hancock came from behind to take down the Lions, 48-38.

The boys game was closely contested for much of the first half. The teams were tied at 14 at the end of the first quarter and Hancock held a 27-25 in the closing minutes of the first half. But a 9-0 run by Broadfording that was capped by a half-court, buzzer-beating shot by Moni Anderson gave the Lions a 34-27 lead at the break.

Broadfording’s momentum carried over to the second half as the Lions (9-8) started hot, going on an 11-4 run to stretch the lead to 45-28 just minutes into the third quarter.

“We didn’t start the third quarter out well,” Hancock coach Jeff Spielman said. “Once we got down, I knew it was going to be hard to come back against this team.”

It was especially tough for Hancock (2-7) to come back as it had to handle Broadfording’s lengthy center, Mo Sallah, who recorded a triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 11 blocks.

Broadfording coach Burnie Clutz attributed the Lions’ second-half dominance to the style of defense they played.

“The catalyst in the second half was the full-court man we ran,” Clutz said. “We wanted to double the ball and force turnovers.”

The Lions also were sharp offensively in second half, scoring 51 points as they seemingly couldn’t miss.

“We finally settled down on offense in the second half. It was better ball movement and we took better shots,” Clutz said.

Broadfording finished with four scorers in double figures. Ben Cradduck led the team with 19 points, Anderson finished with 17 points and Cisco Silva scored 10 points.

Donnie O’Brien led Hancock with 14 points and Garrett Wiles and Hunter McKinley each scored 10.

The Hancock girls got off to a slow start but picked their game up after the first quarter.

Hancock’s shot were simply not falling in the first quarter, and the Panthers trailed 12-7 heading into the second quarter. Hancock began to score in stride with the Lions and trailed 26-21 at halftime.

“The girls had to earn this win,” Hancock coach Todd Rupenthal said. “It was good for them to have to earn it.”

The Panthers’ defense showed up in the second half, especially in the third quarter, as they limited Broadfording to just two points.

“We shot the ball well in the second half and said at halftime that we were going to have to win on defense,” Rupenthal said.

Tiffany Younker led Hancock (4-7) with 16 points and five assists. Sara Wagner added 14 points and nine rebounds, while Alisa Shives led the Panthers with 14 boards.

Katie Kerr paced the Lions (4-7) with 13 points and Katie Connolly added 12 points.

Boys game
Broadfording 85, Hancock 65
BROADFORDING (9-8)
B. Cradduck 19, Sallah 18, Anderson 17, Silva 10, Campagna 7, Durst 7, Henderson 4, M. Cradduck 1, Lohr 1, Snodderly 1. Totals 32 16-31 85.
HANCOCK (2-7)
O’Brien 14, McKinley 10, Wiles 10, Manning 8, Foreman 7, Finney 6, Sipe 6, Wagner 3, Anderson 1, Martin 1. Totals 23 19-32 65.
Broadfording     14    20    28    23    —    85
Hancock    14    13    19    19    —    65
3-point goals — Broadfording 5 (Anderson 3, B. Cradduck, Durst).Techincal fouls — Sallah. Sipe (2).  

Girls game
Hancock 48, Broadfording 38
BROADFORDING (4-7)
Kerr 13, Connolly 12, Boone 10, Couch 2, White 1. Totals 11 13-18 38.
HANCOCK (3-7)
Younker 16, Wagner 14, Shives 7, Shoemaker 4, Bain 2, Foreman 2, Himes 2, Leavy 1. Totals 21 4-8 48.
Broadfording    12    14    2    10    —    38
Hancock     7    14    13    14    —    48
3-point goals — Broadfording 1 (Kerr). Hancock 2 (Younker).

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