Underwood vs. Hancock
Underwood 56 vs. Hancock 61
Hancock returns to the State Girls Basketball tournament for the first time since 2011 as they held off Underwood 61-56. The 27-1 Owls trailed for only 20 seconds in the game after a quick 11-0 start, then a 30-13 lead in the first half. Hancock’s lead was down to five points , 30-25 at halftime as Underwood ended the first half with an 11-0 run. The second half again saw Hancock score six quick points for a 36-25 lead. Underwood began forcing turnovers leading to points and tied the game twice— 43-43 and 45-45. The Underwood Rockets had their only lead of the game at 56-55 with 3:50 remaining. Hancock responded with defensive effort, two transition baskets and free throws to seal the victory and earn the state trip. Underwood ends the season 23-4.
Kaitlyn Staples 12 ( 5 rebounds) Karley Rohloff 4, Kaitlyn Rohloff 20, Misti Zempel 13 ( 10 rebounds) Carley Hanson 10, Rylee Hanson 1, Brooke Versteeg 1
Elizabeth Lukken 21, Mo Bugbee 12 ( 10 rebounds) Kallyn Grove 3, Amelia Blaskowski 6, Ezra Baker 8 ( 5 rebounds) Alayna Evavold 6
comments from Underwood coach Brian Hovland
comments from Hancock coach Tony Thielke