Hoggard 48 Ashley 10 (girls)
The Hoggard girls basketball team advanced to its second straight Leon Brogden Holiday Tournament Finals following a dominating performance on Tuesday afternoon as the Vikings cruised to a 48-10 victory against Ashley.
“They are finally buying what I’ve been preaching since the season started,” said Hoggard Coach Boubacar Aw. “Basketball is a team sport and we need to get everyone involved. I don’t want any one girl on my team to shoot. As long as our girls are taking good shots I’m OK with whether they go in or not.”
Ashley went a dismal 1 of 20 from the field in the first half, while Hoggard used a balanced scoring attack to grab a 26-4 lead at the break. Junior transfer Alani Fisher hit four treys and finished with a game-high 18 points. She went 4 of 9 from behind the arc and hit all four free throw attempts.
Tara Poteat hit a long range shot to give the Vikes a 5-1 lead with her only field goal of the game early in the opening frame. Emma Haywood drove baseline and dished to Aleah Thompson for an easy layup at the midway point of the first quarter and Haywood hit 1 of 2 from the charity stripe to make it 8-1 after eight minutes.
Haywood added a two-point bucket in the paint to start the second period before Angel Smith recorded the Screaming Eagles’ only basket of the half to get within seven. Smith finished with a game-high seven rebounds.
Ball movement on the perimeter kept Hoggard rolling with under five minutes to play in the second stanza as Blair Barefoot made the extra pass to Fisher for three-pointer from the corner, while an offensive rebound by Kaitlyn Brannin kept the next possession alive and Barefoot’s only three-ball extended the lead to 16-3.
Hoggard outscored Ashley 11-0 in the third quarter as seven different players recorded at least two points in the game. Keely Britt had eight points and Thompson chipped in with seven.
“Ashley is a much better team than what the score showed today,” Aw added. “Sometimes you have an off day and we know they are better on the offensive end. Things didn’t fall early and we were able to get some things going offensively. We’re hoping to come out tomorrow and do what it takes to get a win.”
The Vikings recorded its 10th win of the season to improve to 10-3 overall. Hoggard looks to avenge last year’s setback to New Hanover in the tournament finals as the two Wilmington schools square off at 6 p.m. inside Trask Coliseum on Wednesday. Ashley faces T.W. Andrews at 3 p.m.
Day three schedule
Finals: Cary vs. Summerville (boys) at 7:30 p.m.
Finals: Hoggard vs. New Hanover (girls) at 6 p.m.
Third-place game: New Hanover vs. Roger Bacon (boys) at 4:30 p.m.
Ashley vs. T.W. Andrews (girls) at 3 p.m.
T.C. Williams vs. Hoggard (boys) at 1:30 p.m.
Laney vs. Conway (girls) at 1:30 p.m.
Laney vs. Ashley (boys) at 12 p.m.
Socastee vs. Florence (girls) at 1:30 p.m.