SNEEDVILLE – Despite being up 11 at the half, Hancock County coach Nolan Campbell was not pleased with his team’s effort against Clinch High School.
Campbell felt that his team needed to show more energy on both sides of the ball and more urgency coming out of the locker room to start the second half.
Hancock County held Clinch to zero points in the third quarter, outscoring them 19-0, as they dominated the Lady Wildcats 60-22 at Hancock County on Thursday night.
“The message at halftime was that we had to play better and do a lot better on the defensive end, rebounding and staying in front of the people we were guarding,” Campbell said. “We had to have more intensity, and I was happy to see that we did that.”
Cassie Seal was the bright spot for the Lady Indians, making history as she recorded a triple-double. Seal had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals in the contest.
Seal struggled to get her offensive game going in the first half, missing two layups off two of her steals in the final minute of the first half. However, she took to heart Campbell’s halftime message, scoring 12 points in the third quarter alone and coming up with steal after steal on the defensive end.
“She (Cassie) stepped up big time,” Campbell said. “She can score when she wants to. A lot of times it is just getting her focused to score. But she did a very good job tonight, coming out in the second half and really showed her potential.”
Hancock County came out of the gate firing, storming out to a 7-1 lead. But Campbell was not happy with his teams effort, calling back-to-back timeouts in the early minutes of the game, subbing out his entire starting five during the second timeout.
While the Lady Indians built their lead, leading 15-6 after one quarter and 25-14 at the half, Hancock seemed to be in slow motion at times and turned the ball over as much as they forced Clinch turnovers.
Out of the half, Seal took the game over, scoring eight of the first 10 points in the quarter. Jacklyn Carroll wouldn’t let Seal have all the fun though as she hit a layup and then a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 40-14. Seal closed out the quarter with six straight points to make it 46-14.
After the Lady Indians scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to make it 56-14, Clinch finally scored with 4:20 left in the game. The Lady Wildcats scored the final six points of the game but it was too little too late as Hancock County outscored them 35-8 in the second half.
The Lady Indians hit six 3-pointers in the game, something that Campbell was excited to see his team do better at on Thursday night.
“That was good to see because we have struggled this season shooting the three ball at times,” Campbell said. “It was really good to see us do that and have success tonight.”
Hancock County has a quick turnaround, travelling 2.5 hours to Greenback on Friday for a district game. The girls game tips-off at 6 p.m.
“I think we can build off this,” Campbell said. “We have another district game tomorrow, so hopefully we can take some momentum from this game and apply it tomorrow night.”