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For Waterford's Alyssa Hancock, competitive is competitive, no matter the sport
Alyssa Hancock is one of the most competitive softball players in the Eastern Connecticut Conference, the third baseman for powerful Waterford High School, with two state championships to her credit.
Now, just because the sport is different, that doesn’t mean Hancock is any less competitive.
She finished with 14 points in Waterford’s 46-34 victory over Ledyard in girls’ basketball on Tuesday night, as the Lancers remained unbeaten in the ECC Medium Division by knocking the Colonels from the division’s unbeaten ranks.
Hancock hit a 3-pointer, the first points of the fourth quarter, to give Waterford the lead for good at 30-28. The Lancers trailed 28-27 going into the final quarter before finally using their quickness to close out Ledyard. Hancock, who finished with seven of her points in the fourth quarter, also scored on the front end of a length-of-the-court baseball pass and hit both ends of a one-and-one with 1 minute, 7 seconds to play to push Waterford’s lead to double digits at 41-31. She also had several steals, creating havoc in Ledyard’s backcourt.
“It’s a different competitive kind of sport,” Hancock said of basketball. “I love basketball; I’m more of a run-around type of girl.”
In softball, Hancock is a two-time All-Area pick. Last season, she hit .355 with 33 runs scored and 11 extra-base hits, including three home runs. She was a member of Waterford South’s 2007 team which reached the Little League World Series in Portland, Ore. It’s the sport Hancock expects to play in college.
“She’s fast, unbelievably fast,” Waterford basketball coach Rob Von Achen said of Hancock. “She’s just as competitive in basketball as she is in softball.”
One of the reasons the Lancers are unbeaten in the Medium Division, Hancock hit a 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining against Montville earlier in the season to give her team a 38-36 divisional victory.
Hancock complements fellow Waterford senior Adily Martucci, who is headed to play basketball at Quinnipiac University next season.
“Me and Addie have classes together and she’s always in basketball shoes and sweats,” Hancock said. “People all know what she’s going to do. … We just have a lot of different guards. We give each other good passes. When we’re down, we pick it back up.”
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