The Hillsboro girls varsity basketball team won its opening round game at the Kingston/West County Holiday Invitational on Thursday morning, defeating Valley of Caledonia 60-41. The win improves Hillsboro to 2-6 on the season, and advances them to a quarterfinal game against West County Friday at 10:30 a.m.
“We played well today, especially on offense,” head coach Andrew Hubbard commented. “We did a great job of swinging the ball on offense against their zone. We got the ball inside to our bigs a good amount, and they did a great job of finishing inside once they caught the ball.”
The Hawks had four girls finish in double figures on Thursday. Abby Cole had the hot hand, scoring in each quarter, and each basket she had was a three-pointer. She finished with 15 points. Zoe Wood also netted 15, seven coming in the fourth quarter. Maya LaPlante scored 11 points in the the two middle quarters, and Alicen Dietrich hit for ten points in the first two quarters. Dietrich noted that Valley wasn’t passive. “Valley definitely played very aggressively, but we just played our game and ran our plays, and that is why we won,” she said. “Our defense could use a little work, so that is something we will try to improve upon tomorrow.”
Coach Hubbard said the defense was a tale of two halves. “On defense we did a good job in the first half,” he stated. “We were making some adjustments on their shooters and their big girls inside. They had a lot of size, and I felt my girls did a good job of boxing out and sliding their feet. The second half I thought we let up on defense, and didn’t have the same intensity that we did the first half. We gave them some good looks, and they knocked down some shots.”
Payton Bingman and Ryleigh Hindle contributed five and four points respectively to close out the Hawks’ scoring. While Elaina Readnour continues to work through an injury, she said the team came out ready to go. “I feel everyone was ready and felt good about how we were going to play,” she explained. “I got to see their confidence start to grow. And the teamwork was wonderful this game. I couldn’t be prouder.”