Hornets outshoot Cannelton girls

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By Larry Goffinet

HAWESVILLE, Ky. - Hancock County held Cannelton scoreless the first quarter and beat the Bulldogs 53-29 in girls basketball Friday.

The Hornets jumped to a 26-0 first-quarter lead as they hit 10 of 18 shots from the field, including 3 of 8 from three-point range, and 3 of 3 free throws.

Cannelton was 0 for 12 from the field that period and committed eight turnovers.

The Hornets did not use a full-court press but did a good job playing the passing lanes in their 2-3 zone defense. Some of their steals led to easy baskets at the other end.

Nakaa Myers scored Cannelton's first basket on a 17-foot shot from the wing with 7:46 left in the second quarter.

Whitney Nugent then hit two consecutive 17-footers as the Bulldogs went on a 6-0 run to start that period.

But she picked up her third foul with 3:19 left in the half and had to head to the bench.

Devin Lockman led the Bulldogs with six points for the game, hitting two three-point shots in the second half.

Sophomore forward Hilary Jones led 6-11 Hancock County with 13 points. The Hornets used 17 players in the game and nine of them scored.

The Hornets outrebounded the shorter Bulldogs 45-27. Myers and Jaci Garrett led Cannelton with four apiece while reserve Jaclyn Long grabbed 10 for the Hornets.

Cannelton, 3-16, will face Wood Memorial in the Tecumseh Class A sectional Friday at 6 p.m.

The Trojans are 17-5 and ranked fourth in the state.