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HAWESVILLE, Ky.—Hot shooting by Hilarie Jones propelled Hancock County to an early lead as the Hornets beat Tell City 55-29 in girls basketball Thursday.
Jones, a senior forward, scored 10 points in the first 10 minutes as the Hornets jumped to a 13-6 lead.
She scored 17 of the Hornets’ first 22 points on three three-point baskets, two low-post moves, a fast-break layup off a steal, and two free throws.
“She can flat shoot it,” said Tell City Coach John Lyons. “And she posts up well. She’s a good player.”
Kyli Smithson hit two 7-foot shots on baseline moves to give Tell City an early 4-0 lead. She finished with eight points.
“Kyli took the ball to the basket fairly well at times,” said Lyons.
But Jones scored the next seven points to give the Hornets the lead for good.
McKenzie Hayes scored two inside baskets for Tell City late in the first quarter.
Then she picked up her second foul with 1:11 left in the period.
Saddled with foul trouble the rest of the game, she finished with 10 points and five rebounds—about eight under her rebound average—in 21 minutes of play.
That gave her 226 rebounds for the season, breaking the school record of 225 set by Laura McClintic in 2002-03.
The Marksmen still edged the Hornets in rebounds 23-22, as Ashley Fella led the Marksmen with six.
Jones and Makenzie Johnson each pulled down five rebounds for the Hornets, who used 15 players.
Jones finished with 27 points on 10 of 16 field-goal shooting and 3 of 6 free throws.
The 16-4 Hornets outshot Tell City from the field 51.4 percent to 38.2 percent.
Several Marksmen had trouble getting good shots because they weren’t ready to shoot when they got the ball.
“You’ve got to be ready to shoot when they’re in man(-to-man defense),” said Lyons.
He added, “Our defense got better—that’s one positive. But whenever they started pressuring us, we didn’t do well.”
The Marksmen committed 21 turnovers.
Tell City, 1-17, will visit Heritage Hills Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
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Hancock County won the junior varsity game 35-31.
Hannah Schaefer scored 11 points, Rachel Woznicki seven, and Lacey Briggs five for Tell City, 4-9.