Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017

Girls cager season ends on high note

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Harvard Hornet Makenna Powell drives toward the basket against Woodstock North High School Feb. 16. HML photo by Ken Farver

The Harvard High School girls basketball team saved its best game for the end of the season against a tough Woodstock North High School team Feb. 16 in the IHSA Class 3A regional tournament at Marian Central Catholic High School. The Hornets battled back from a nine-point deficit to tie the game at 36 with four minutes remaining. The Thunder pulled away at the end to defeat the Hornets 53-43 to end their season.

“I’m very happy with the season,” said head coach Ashley Arff. “I’ve seen a lot of progress since I took over last year, individually and as a team. The loss we had to Woodstock North was the best team basketball we played all year.”

“I wish we would have played like we did against Woodstock North in our last regional game all season,” said senior Kaylee Bischke. “I don’t know what sparked us, but I wish we had that all season.”

“This season didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to, but we had some really good high points,” said senior Javauneeka Jacobs. “We worked as a team and really grew into a family.”

Arff said she knows it will be difficult to replace her three leading scorers – Makenna Powell, Bischke and Jacobs.

“I’m really sad about it,” Arff said. “I hope the girls that were here and practiced with them and were watching them during games were taking that in and know what they have to do next year.”

Bischke scored 455 points this season, averaging 18.2 points per game. Including 25 points from one freshman game, Bischke scored 1,002 points in her high school career.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” Bischke said. “I’m really proud of myself for the breakthrough I had this season.”

Jacobs led the Hornets in rebounds this season, averaging 10.3 rebounds per game. She also averaged 5.5 points per game this season.

“I feel like I really improved,” Jacobs said. “I just put in the hard work I needed to, and I had some really good games. I just wish I could have given it a little more instead of being nervous.”

Although the Hornets finished the season 3-22, Arff said she is excited about the future of the team.

“I’ve seen a lot of dedication by certain players, some of them freshmen,” Arff said. “It makes me look forward to that freshmen group, what they are going to be their senior year. I want them to continue to be dedicated and put in the time.

“There are a lot of good players coming up, and I think after this summer, once they put in all the hard work, it will work out.”