Sophomore Matti Clanton brings the ball up the court after stealing it from a Hancock player.
The Meade County Ladywave basketball team took the long road trip to Hancock County to play against the Hancock County Lady Hornets on Jan 29 to close out their first month of basketball. This was the second time these two teams played each other, and Hancock was looking to even the score. Meade’s offense started off with a fast pace, jumping out to a quick lead over Hancock with their fast breaks and quick passing to get the ball up the court and in the hands of their shooters. Hancock on the other hand was having difficulty and was not hitting their shots early. In fact, they did not put a point on the board until midway through the first period. At that point Meade was leading by eight-points, but Hancock was able to chip away cutting their deficit to just four with under a minute left in the period. Meade finished the period with senior Jenna Gallimore knocking down a three-pointer, boosting Meade’s lead back to seven. Hancock came back in the second like a brand-new team. Hancock began the period by knocking down a pair of three-pointers, followed by a pair of put backs, leaping them to the lead, and leaving Meade reeling, looking for ways to stop their momentum. Hancock’s tough aggressive defense under the basket made it hard for Meade to come back but they managed to keep the score close finishing out the half trailing Hancock by only two-points.
During the half Meade must have drawn up a plan to defeat Hancock’s tough defense. With Hancock concentrating most of their defense to guarding Gallimore, and eighth grader Peyton Bradley from hitting three-pointers, it left other Ladywaves open to take shots. Meade began finding senior D Griffith down low and fed her the ball for the easy layup which closed the gap quickly on Hancock’s lead. Midway through the third Meade went on an 8-0 run that got them the lead for the final time. Once Meade had the lead they never looked back. Meade built their lead to 11 through the start of the fourth period and never let Hancock build any momentum that would jeopardize their lead. During the fourth period Meade slowed the game way down, controlling the ball, keeping it away from Hancock and only taking the sure shot. Even though Hancock was able to close to within four, Meade would take the win, keeping them undefeated in district play.