HAGERSTOWN —Hancock’s girls basketball team led from start to finish in defeating Broadfording Christian Academy 36-21 on Thursday afternoon.
During the first five minutes, the Panthers (9-5) built an 8-0 lead over the Lions (1-9). Senior point guard Alisa Shives made all four baskets in the run.
“I was trying to give my team a cushion,” Shives said. “It was pretty good to score a lot of points in the beginning. I felt that early lead got our team on track for the victory. We did pretty good on defense, but we could have done better. Our team played a good game.”
Shives finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots for Hancock. Senior center Sara Wagner chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kristen Shoemaker made nine steals and Lexi Foreman added four steals as the Panthers finished with 22 steals as a team.
“We changed up defenses all day long,” Hancock coach Todd Ruppenthal said. “At times, we were able to sit back in the zone and limit them to one shot. We were able to save energy off of that.”
Broadfording reduced the deficit to 12-8 with five minutes left in the second quarter, but Hancock went on a 10-2 run to close out the half, taking a 22-10 advantage into halftime.
The Panthers outscored the Lions 8-2 in the third quarter to take their biggest lead at 30-12.
“We were sloppy and we made a lot of bad decisions, but all wins are good,” Ruppenthal said. “This was our third game this week and I thought that we were a little bit tired. We were making mistakes because we were just slow in getting to everything that we were doing. We may have been a little bit out of gas.
“We were working hard out there like we do every day and all of the players can see the positive results from that. This group of girls that I have will always give the total effort.”
The Lions outscored the Panthers 9-6 in the fourth quarter to make the final score closer.
Jade Boone scored 15 of Broadfording’s 21 points and added 12 steals, eight rebounds and two blocks.
“I am trying to get everybody involved,” Broadfording coach Eric Boone said. “We played better than our last game. We are a young team. I just encourage the girls to keep on improving.”
Hancock 36, Broadfording 21
Shives 15, Shoemaker 3, Brown 2, Wagner 12, Foreman 4. Totals 16 3-6 36.
Boone 15, White 4, Knable 2. Totals 9 3-8 21.
Hancock 8 14 8 6 — 36
Broadfording 4 6 2 9 — 21
3-point goals — Hancock 1 (Shives).