Junior guard Laycee Drake had a game-high 33 points Tuesday night to become the top scorer in Hancock varsity basketball history.
Three-time all-state selection Laycee passed Section 4 Hall of Famer Jim Wright, whose 1,529 points had been a Hancock record since his 1982-1983 senior season. Laycee stands at 1,539 points after matching her season high to lead Deposit/Hancock’s girls past visiting Bainbridge-Guilford, 70-45. She also scored 33 points in a January 16 victory over Unadilla Valley.
Laycee’s run to the school record started at the end of the 2015-2016 season, when the junior varsity call-up scored six points as a seventh-grader in Hancock’s first-round sectional loss to Laurens. She followed with her first all-state varsity season, making Class D’s Eighth Team as an eighth-grader for Hancock.
Laycee only got better after Deposit and Hancock joined forces in 2017-2018. She capped her freshman season with a Class D Second Team all-state honor and made the Class C First Team as a sophomore last winter. The latter included a 45-point night against Walton that tied Jim for the single-game school record.
Deposit/Hancock is ranked 20th in Class C by the New York State Sportswriters Association. The Eagles improved to 14-1 this season with Tuesday’s Midstate Athletic Conference win at Hancock Elementary School. They’ll visit Oxford at 7:15 p.m. Friday.
Photo courtesy of Ann Young