Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director
Hancock 71, Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 64
MORRIS – Hancock and Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta went toe-to-toe for 36 minutes, but it was the Owls who made a few more plays down the stretch to earn a 71-64 victory on Monday from the Cougar Sports Center.
The game featured 13 lead changes and six ties with the teams combining for 24 three-pointers. The Owls shot 52 percent and hit 13-24 from beyond-the-arc, with seven coming from Kody Berget who finished with a game-high 21 points.
Adam Shaw knocked down four from the outside and scored 14 points, Preston Rohloff chipped in 13. Daniel Milander recorded three steals to become Hancock’s all-time leader, surpassing Noah Kannegiesser.
The game featured two of the area’s premier big men with the Tigers Jackson Loge and the Owls Matt Thompson each posting a double/double. Thompson had 15 points to go with 20 rebounds, while Loge scored 14 points with 12 boards.
The Tigers shot 45 percent from the floor, going 11-26 from long range, five from Jaden Maanum. Maanum and Thomas Tiernan each scored 15, Durgin Decker added eight.
The Tigers led 35-32 at halftime, but the Owls shot a blistering 62 percent in the second half and were able to close out the game late. Hancock has won eight straight and is 16-7 on the year, while the Tigers fall to 13-10.
It’s the Owls first win over the Tigers since the rivalry was renewed three years ago.
Redwood Valley 90, Montevideo 57
NCE/UH 71, Underwood 42
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 66, Paynesville Area 40
MORRIS – Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta used tough defense to overcome a poor shooting night in a 66-40 victory over Paynesville.
Although the Tigers shot just 26 percent, they had 20 steals to smother the Bulldogs.
Malory Anderson posted a double/double with 14 points, 13 rebounds and seven steals. Meredith Carrington had 14 points, Kenna Kehoe added 11 with six rebounds for the Tigers who are 15-9 on the season. The Bulldogs fall to 3-21.
Hancock 61, Benson 54
BENSON – Carlee Hanson scored 23 points to lead Hancock past Benson 61-54.
The Owls hit 19-26 from the foul line, getting 15 points from Rylee Hanson, eight more from Tori Pahl to win their eighth straight to improve to 19-6 on the year. Claire Ricard had 19 for the Braves, Kaitlyn Berreau, and Abby Lundebrek added 11 as they fall to 15-11.
West Central Area 46, Parkers Prairie 43
Underwood 64, NCE/UH 40
Hillcrest Lutheran 50, Mahnomen/Waubun 48