The Hillsboro girls varsity basketball team ran up against the #1 seed West County Bulldogs on Friday, and despite playing hard and improving as the game progressed, fell 59-22 in a quarterfinal contest of the Kingston/West County Christmas Invitational. The Hawks are now 2-7 on the season, and move to the consolation bracket of the tournament.
“West County has a very good team, and they applied a lot of pressure on us getting the ball in and bringing it up the floor,” Hawks head coach Andrew Hubbard said. “They caused us to make a lot of turnovers, which led to some easy baskets for them.” Zoe Wood, who tied for team high honors with seven points, agreed with her coach. “We did a pretty good job on defense, but we really struggled offensively. West County was very skilled on both ends of the floor, and we didn’t quite know how to react to their pressure.”
The Hawks found themselves down 20-2 after the first quarter, but with each passing quarter, the Bulldogs’ offensive production went down. And the Hillsboro offense, while not potent by any stretch of the imagination, improved through the second and third quarters. “We played good defense and put up a good fight against them,” Payton Bingman commented. “We were also running some of our offensive plays and getting good looks off of them.”
“Defensively, we played with good effort, and all of my girls worked very hard on defense,” Coach Hubbard pointed out. “It was a tough matchup for us with their size and athleticism, but I thought my girls gave everything they had in the game. I saw my girls get a little better today than they were yesterday, and that’s all I keep asking is for effort and progress. I felt they did both of those things.”
Maya LaPlante also hit for seven points in the game. She had similar observations as her coach. “I think we picked up our defense a lot compared to yesterday’s game,” she said. “Even though the score said otherwise, it was getting better throughout the game. On offense, I think we were all just a little nervous. It took awhile to adjust, but once we did, we were able to run our plays smoothly.”
Maggie Galczynski added four points, while Abby Cole and Alicen Dietrich had two points each. Now that the Hawks have moved into the consolation bracket, team members feel good about where the team is heading. “I think that as long as we play hard and give lots of effort on defense, we will have a good chance of being successful in our last two games,” Wood commented. Ryleigh Hindle said, “For the rest of the tournament, we’re hoping to keep going with strong defense and get a few more looks on offense.”
Hillsboro will take on Viburnum in a contest tomorrow morning at Kingston. Tip off is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.