Thursday, December 5, 2013
Sophomore guard Sarah Hancock is often overlooked by her more high-profile Lake Region teammates Tiana-Jo Carter, Kelsey Winslow and cousin Sydney Hancock.
But Sarah Hancock has had a huge impact on the Lakers' success all season. She again came up big in a 50-24 win over York for the Western Class B championship – the Lakers second in a row and fifth in eight years.
"I thought in the semis she was very much an unsung hero for us, and I told her that," said Lake Region Coach Paul True. "She came up with some great rebounds. Being the third guard a lot of the time, she's matched up with a bigger, taller player. She hit a big 3 against Greely.
"She's our calming influence many times on offense. She's a smart player and she's very connected with the bench and coaches. I can't say enough about what she does for us.''
Hancock hit another big 3-pointer against York. With Lake Region struggled early and trailing 4-2, she took a pass from Sydney Hancock and swished a long 3-pointer from the left wing to give the Lakers a lead they would never relinquish.
She made another 3-pointer midway through the second quarter to complete a 14-0 run that carried the Lakers to a big lead.
York Coach Rick Clark said he was willing to let Hancock take those shots.
"That's what we wanted,'' he said. "If she was going to take it, we were going to let her."
THE CLASS B girls' state championship game Friday at the Cumberland County Civic Center will be a rematch between Presque Isle and Lake Region. The Wildcats won a classic last year, 49-47 at the Bangor Auditorium.
"We wanted another chance to play them,'' said Lakers guard Sydney Hancock, "and prove we can take it this time.''
Lake Region hasn't won a state championship since 1975 – the first year the Maine Principals' Association sanctioned girls' basketball tournaments. The Lakers have won five of the last eight regional titles, but have lost their previous four state championship games.
Twice, those losses have come at the hands of Presque Isle. The Wildcats won 48-36 in 2006 also at the Bangor Auditorium.Tweet
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