The goal of every basketball team is to see improved play as the season progresses. Monday night at Hillsboro, that’s exactly what fans saw as the Hillsboro JV girls basketball team pounded Jefferson, 44-22.
“I was really proud of our girls in this win over Jefferson,” said junior varsity coach Chris Miller. “I thought it was the best effort and hardest played game we have had all year.”
Hillsboro scored the first two baskets, and then Jefferson came back and tied it 4-4. But by the 2:07 mark of the quarter, Jefferson was calling timeout as the Hawks had scored seven unanswered points to take an 11-4 lead. By the end of the quarter, Hillsboro was up 15-6, and it wouldn’t get closer the rest of the way. “We talked before the game about coming out strong and taking an early lead so that we didn’t feel that we were trying to catch up the whole game,” said Miller. “I asked the girls to get some defensive stops early in the game and convert those to points to put us in a good position to control the game. They did just what I asked.”
Kenzie Baker scored all 11 of her points in the first quarter. She’d score 12 more points in the varsity game. “Kenzie was ready to play from the tip off and set us up for the win in the first quarter,” said Miller. In the second quarter, Zoe Wood scored four points, and Sara Stokes hit a three pointer as the Hawks extended their lead to 26-13 at halftime.
The defensive intensity picked up in the third quarter. Hillsboro allowed the Blue Jays just two points to lead 34-15 at the end of the quarter. Stokes and Alicen Dietrich scored four points in the quarter.
Along with Baker’s 11 points, Stokes netted 11 as well. Miller was complimentary of Stokes and Jayden Hayes and their style of play throughout the night. “Sara and Jayden played a really intense game and seemed like they were everywhere on the court,” he said. “Sara’s 11 points were impressive, especially coming off a long injury. I saw more hustle plays out of those two in one game than any other game this year.” Stokes also saw the level of play amped up on Monday. “I feel like we all played hard and as a team,” she said. “Everyone did their part and contributed to the game, and our intensity was up throughout the entire game.”
Dietrich ended the night with six points, while Kayla VanHorn and Wood scored four points each. Hayes, Payton Bingman, and Maya LaPlanterounded out the scoring with two points apiece.
“I think tonight we saw a glimpse of what this young team is capable of,” Coach Miller pointed out. “If they can play with this level of intensity and work this well as a team, they will continue to get better and better every game.”
The Hawks host Fox tonight at 5:30 p.m.