The Hackett Sr Lady Hornets basketball season has come to an end. The Sr Lady Hornets earned the 8 seed in 3A-4 District play and on Saturday, February 13, they teamed up against the 5 seed Booneville Lady Bearcats. “We got beat 48-39 but we played the best we had played all year,” stated Coach Broc Adams. “Madi Taylor led us with 14 and Kyleigh Hill had 9. I was so proud of how hard they played. Watching this team all season, you would have never thought our record was what it was!” The Lady Hornets ended their season with a 1-19 total play record.
“They played to the final buzzer Saturday and it just proved what this group was about all year long. One of the best things about this group was that they were a blank slate for the most part. Watching them improve and learn the game as the year went on was so fun to see! They always gave everything they had and never questioned anything we did! I was really impressed with how they came together throughout the year! When the season isn’t going the way you want, it typically causes some animosity and separation among the team but this group never let that happen!” The Lady Hornets will be saying good-bye to seniors, Faith Thomas, Brooke Holt, Madi Taylor, Rhianna McBride, and Sarah Moss.
“I want to give a quick thank you to everyone who supported these girls all year long. It was an incredibly tough season, but these girls never quit! We will miss this group of seniors. They have built an unbelievable culture within our girls’ programs. They are always there, have great attitudes, and work hard! I can see this same drive in the younger girls’ eyes and I’m already excited for next season. I’ve heard more than once that you learn more in adversity than in victory! I believe it is very true and is why these girls will be successful all the way through life because of how they handled what this year threw at them so gracefully!”
In conference play, Hackett hit the court against Booneville, Cossatot, Cedarville, Charleston, Danville, Paris, and Waldron. “I’m proud of the way they conducted themselves on and off the floor and how they represented our program with class! I believe we have a chance to be a good basketball team because we had a lot of sophomores that got extensive minutes including Teonna Best, who started all year. Put that with returning junior starter Madeline Freeman and an upcoming group of 9th graders that will push for playing time and it should make for a good year! We will have to have a great off-season to get there but if we have the same leadership we did this year it will happen!”
Photos courtesy of Bridget Freeman