Kannegiesser Hits 2K Milestone, Hancock Boys & Girls Get Statement Wins 08 Jan 18

Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director

BOYS BASKETBALL
Hancock 72, Hillcrest Lutheran 60
FERGUS FALLS – Noah Kannegiesser surpassed the 2,000 point mark on Monday in Hancock’s 72-60 win over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy.
Kannegiesser went into the game needing 20 points to reach the milestone, which he did with 7:47 remaining in the first half, he finished with 34 points to lead all scorers. Bennett Nienhaus added 14 for the Owls who shot 62 percent from the floor. Cole Reese had four points, six assists, and four steals as the Owls improve to 7-1, 4-0 in Pheasant Conference play.
Gabe Preston led the Comets 17 points, Alexsander Frustol finished with 15 but the Comets were handed their first conference loss at 2-1, 4-3 overall.
Kannegiesser is already Hancock’s all-time leading scorer for boys basketball, and continues to close in on the school’s outright record held by Bree Hollemann of 2,305. 

Park Christian 74, Underwood 70

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Hancock 59, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 37

HANCOCK – Tenacious defense coupled with a hot-shooting second half helped the Hancock Owls get a statement win on Monday night 59-37 over Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley.
The Owls forced 19 turnovers, many of which led to transition points the other way and shot 56 percent in the second half to pull away from the Wolverines.
Ashlyn Mattson led all scorers with 20 points, Tess Steiner added 15 with seven steals, Lexi Staples and Morgan Kisgen each finished with eight for the Owls who are 4-3 on the year, 2-3 in Pheasant Conference play.
Callie Vold had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Wolverines, Emma Botker pulled down 13 rebounds to go with four points as they fall to 6-2 overall, 3-2 in conference play.

Lac qui Parle Valley 66, Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 60
MADISON – In a battle of two top ten ranked teams, eighth-ranked Lac qui Parle Valley came out on top 66-60 over seventh-ranked Wheaton/Herman-Norcross.
The Warriors entered the game giving up only 32 point per game, but the Eagles more than doubled that on 42 percent shooting. Lindsay Kranz led four players in double-figures scoring with 16 points, Haley Wollschlager had 14, Sidney Gerdes scored 12 and Kelsea Lund surpassed the 2,000 point milestone in her career with 12 points.
Emma Schmidt scored 29 points with nine rebounds for the Warriors who trailed by one at halftime. Anna Rinke added 11 points but the Warriors suffer their first loss of the year and are 7-1. The Eagles improve to 13-1.