The 2019 girls’ elementary season has concluded with the Hacker Lady Wildcats hoisting both varsity and junior varsity titles at seasons end. The JV Hacker squad defeated Goose Rock 39-24, while the varsity overcame a strong effort from Burning Springs to win 34-27. Hacker Coach Jason Hibbard had a water in his eyes with a huge smile as he knows just how hard his teams have worked this season. “These girls have busted their tails,” he said. “They worked so hard to have this outcome tonight.”
The two opening games for the J.V. side of things featured some very nice upcoming talent in the school system. Big Creek would defeat Paces Creek for the third-place award 27-20, followed by the Hacker win over Goose Rock.
Junior Varsity Third Place: In the Big Creek / Paces Creek matchup, Madison Pendland would show off her scoring prowess as she poured in 19 points in the win. Skyleigh Davidson added 2, Morghan Hatfield 2, Kai Sizemore 2. For Paces Creek, Maci White led the way with 10 points. Mackenzie Gibbs added 2, Presley Griffin 2, Allie Gray 4, and Breanna Wagers 2.
Junior Varsity Championship: Mia Hibbard would dominate from start to finish as she continually scored at will, leading Hacker with her 28-point effort. Hibbard would explode for 10 points in both the 2nd and 4th quarters, adding 4 apiece in the 1st and 3rd. Tournament MVP Skyler Bowling would toss in 6 points in the first quarter for Hacker, while Belle Finley added 3, and Holly Hacker 2.
For Goose Rock, Faith Henson would have an offensive explosion in the 2nd quarter adding 8 points, trying to cut into the Hacker lead. Carly Fultz would add 6, and Carylee Ruth would toss in two points in the defeat.
Varsity Third Place: Paces Creek and Kenzie Grubb would blow by Manchester 31-18 to claim third place in a talent filled varsity level tournament. Grubb showed why many nab her as the counties’ top player, pouring in 23 points from all over the floor. Hannah Jackson added 4, and Kaitlynn Hoskins would add 2. Bailey Combs led the Manchester Tigers with 10 points in the loss. Rachel Davidson added 4, while Mady Smith and Jazmyn Kelly added 2 apiece.
Varsity Championship: A barnburner from start to finish, the Hacker Lady Wildcats claimed the throne as they defeated Burning Springs 34-27. The story of the game is Skyler Bowling, a 5th grader who came off the bench for Hacker and was the spark plug to their engine. Bowling finished with an MVP performance. She tossed in 14 points, with 9 of those coming in a crucial 3rd quarter where Burning Springs put pressure on the Wildcats with 11 points of their own.
Bowling led the Wildcats with her 14-point effort. Carli Wolfe would add 9, Julia Collins 7, Leanna Lewis 3, Jayden Root 1, and Lexi Spurlock 1.
Burning Springs was led by Daisy Samples with 11 points. Lauryn Sizemore would add 9, Kaitlyn Riley 5, and Madison Rawlings 2.