Hancock Girls Onto Section 6A Semifinals

The Owls had no problems in their first tow Section 6A playoff games last week. As the top seed, Hancock played eight seed Benson first on Feb. 29 at home and blew them out 84-26. They advanced to play fifth seed Wheaton/Herman-Norcross at Minnewaska Area High School on March 2. Like the other two times the Owls played the Warriors, Hancock won big, 71-34.

Hancock 84 Benson 26

The Owls handled business as the top seed against eighth seed Benson at home. Hancock did not waste any time and continued to extend their lead throughout the 36 minutes of play, ending with a 84-26 win to advance in the playoffs.

Less than a minute into the game, Hancock had already built up an 8-0 lead and they never looked back. The Owls scored the first 14 points of the game and eventually held a 35-4 lead later in the half.

By the end of 18 minutes, Hancock held a dominating 52-12 advantage.

The second half flew by with a portion being running time. Hancock still outscored the Braves by 18 points in the second half to secure a 58-point victory.

Misti Zempel led the team with 22 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Kaitlyn Rohloff and Kaitlyn Staples each finished with 16 points. Staples added nine assists, three steals and two rebounds and Kaitlyn Rohloff had five assists, three rebounds and three steals. Isabel Rose added eight points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Taylor Nesvig and Brooke VerSteeg both finished with seven points. Nesvig added three rebounds, three steals and two assists and VerSteeg had eight rebounds, four steals and three assists. Karleigh Rohloff had six points, four rebounds and two steals. Kaylynn Christianson tallied two points, three rebounds and three assists.

Hancock 71 W/H-N 34

In the section quarterfinals, the Owls battled fifth seeded Wheaton/Herman-Norcross at Minnewaska Area High School. This was the third matchup this season and the Owls took the first two by scores of 45 and 33. The Third matchup was similar to the first two with the Owls easily dispatching the Warriors by 37 points.

The Warriors held a brief 3-2 advantage, until Hancock scored 14 straight points to take a 16-3 advantage. It was pretty smooth sailing for the Owls from that point on.

Hancock continued to push the ball against W/H-N and the lead continued to grow, leading to a 44-16 halftime advantage for the Owls.

With such a large lead and much of the second half in running time the final 18 minutes of the game flew by. Hancock continued to run great offense and the gap never stopped growing. By the end of the contest, the Owls came away with a 71-34 victory.

Kaitlyn Rohloff led the team with 20 points, three assists and two steals. Staples chipped in with 16 points and two assists. VerSteeg had a double-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Zemple tallied seven points and nine rebounds. Isabel Rose added six points. Karleigh Rohloff had three points. Kaylynn Christianson and Dulce Rodriguez had two points and Taylor Nesvig had one point.

With the win, the Owls advance to the section semifinals against the second seed Breckenridge at Minnewaska Area High School on Wednesday, March 6.