Hillcrest Girls' 2014-15 Season Ends in Losses to Edison, Forest Hills
By Karen Ronka, Junior Writer
The Lady Hawks basketball team ended their season with a total of two wins and ten losses. This season might have been hard for these girls, but they are beginning to work harder for next season.
The Lady Hawks’ last two games ended in defeat. Hillcrest took on Thomas Edison, February 3rd, 2015, resulting in a loss by a score of 46 to 36. Their very last game for the season against Forest Hills ended in a total score of 50 points to 35 points.
For the season, Hillcrest were handed losses against schools such as John Adams, The Scholars Academy, Bayside High School, Queens HS of Teaching, Thomas Edison and Forest Hills. Hillcrest earned both their victories this season against Martin Van Buren -- 46-40 for their first game and 43-40 for their second.
Although the team knew they weren’t doing as well as they would have liked, they never walked out on one another. Players were missing as well; however, this clearly did not stop these hardworking and dedicated players. “The season was kind of hard for us because we were missing three of our starters. It was hard for us to deal with this because we had a lot of new players stepping up to new positions,” stated Nicole Chavez, one of Lady Hawks’ head captains. “We’ve had a positive attitude at all games and tried to catch up to other teams stats,” said the Lady Hawks’ Fatoumata Coulibaly.
The Lady Hawks’ realized they lacked a great amount of execution on the court. It seemed like the techniques that used did not put much affect into their plays on the court as they thought it would have. “Some good techniques we could have used would be better timing, space passes and much more communication on the court,” said Fatoumata. The team is now more aware and knows what to focus on for next season.
Fatoumata led the team with 9.9 rebounds a game while Nicole Chavez also led the team with a total of 4.75 rebounds per game. Other players such as Bianca Whitney rebounded a total of 2.8 points per game, Sameera Ahmed averaged about 5 points per game and Shaquana Vaughan scored a total of 19 points.
Although this season has not been the best for Hillcrest’s Lady Hawks, they continue to work hard as a team even off court and stay committed to one another and their coach, Mr. Strong. "Our team just never gave up, even if we were having a bad season,” stated Chavez.