Hancock shows flashes of potential in 49-32 West-PAC win over L’Anse

Hancock's D'Andra Kero takes the ball to the basket as Taylor Brown of L'Anse defends Thursday. Hancock won 49-32. (Paul Peterson photo)

HANCOCK — Basketball observers looking for a dark-horse team in the upcoming girls Class C districts may want to take a close look at the Hancock Bulldogs.

Hancock raised its record to 11-5 by scoring an easy 49-32 West-PAC victory over the L’Anse Purple Hornets Thursday night.

But Hancock coach Jack Johnson wasn’t quite ready to endorse his team after last night’s performance.

“We played well in spurts tonight,” Johnson said. “We came out pretty aggressive, but we weren’t generating a whole lot out of our full-court pressure. We were able to hit some shots from outside and that opened up the inside.”

Mialy Brooks and D’Andra Kero notched 3-point baskets in the opening quarter and sparked the Bulldogs to a 15-4 lead.

L’Anse coach Scott Lloyd was impressed with the hustle and desire of the Bulldogs.

“I think Jack (Johnson) has a nice team over there,” Lloyd said. “They play tough defense and they can shoot the ball pretty well. But we’ll get another crack at them later on.”

The Hornets will host the Bulldogs in an opening round district game later this month.

As for last night’s game, the result was a foregone conclusion after the Bulldogs surged to a 25-9 advantage by halftime.

Hancock’s D’Andra Kero helped her team to a 40-21 lead after three quarters.

“I thought we got a little complacent at times in the second half,” Johnson said. “We started settling for some shots we probably shouldn’t have taken. And we weren’t as aggressive on defense as we were earlier.”

Kero led the Hancock offense with 17 points, nailing a trio of 3-pointers. Mialy Brooks, who also hit three 3s, had 14 points, while Taylor Sebbas added 12 more.

“I thought D’Andra (Kero) and Mialy (Brooks) stepped up when Taylor got those three early fouls,” Johnson said. “Jordan Pertile also played well, she made some good decisions with the basketball and that’s something she’s been doing lately.”

The Hornets, 6-10 on the season, were led by Addison Mattson with 10 points. Maija Rice, playing at the point for the absent Sarah Dix, netted eight points.

Lloyd said he expects his team to play better when the two teams match up later on.

“We were kind of disjointed on offense and defense tonight,” he said. “But it’s something we’ll work on.”

Hancock travels to West Iron County on Monday, while L’Anse hosts Ishpeming the same evening.

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L’Anse 4 5 12 11 — 32

Hancock 15 11 15 9 — 49

L’ANSE — M. Rice 8, Voskuhl 1, Mattson 10, Brown 5, J. Rice 6, Nankervis 5. FT: 4-8; Rebounds: 24 (J. Rice 7); Fouls: 11; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Mattson 1.

HANCOCK — M. Brooks 14, Sebbas 12, Pertile 6, Kero 17. Rebounds: NA; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Kero 3, M. Brooks, Sebbas 1.