February 1, 2024
The Hillcrest Academy Ravens had busy brooms on Dwight Gingerich Court Tuesday as they swept away Wapello in a Southeast Iowa Superconference doubleheader. The Raven girls opened the night with a 39-34 victory. Hillcrest doubled up Wapello in the first period 14-7 and led 24-16 at the break. The Ravens made enough plays in the second half to keep the Arrows at arms length down the stretch and secure the win. Hillcrest held the Arrows to just 25% shooting, including only 14% from three. Claire Withrow led the Raven attack with 18 points and a pair of assists. Delaney Shaw had nine boards. Annaka Greiner’s 11 points led Wapello. The win moves the Ravens to 4-14 on the year, the loss drops the Arrows to 6-15.
January 27, 2024
The Keota Eagle Boys and Girls basketball teams grabbed a pair of wins on their home floor Saturday, hosting Hillcrest Academy in a non-conference doubleheader. The girls game went to the Eagles 48-41. Hillcrest led 10-4 early, but a 9-0 Eagle run late in the first gave them a lead they wouldn’t give up the rest of the night. Keota was on top 23-15 at half. The Eagles won the third 12-8 and led by more than 15 before a late Raven charge that included 18 fourth quarter points, 13 from Claire Withrow tightened things up. The Eagles outrebounded the Ravens 35-22, and had 13 team assists. The Ravens won the turnover battle 15-10. Emily Conger led Keota with 11 points, Ava Greiner scored 10 and Kimberly Clarahan led the floor game with seven boards and six assists. Conger and Clarahan talked with KCII Sports after the game about the win. They said, “I think things turned when we changed to man defense instead of zone. That helped us box out and control the ball. (On offense) we were spread out pretty well and Ava Greiner was having a pretty good night. She was just on fire! I think we were good with being patient and running the offense, making the right pass at the right time. I think we worked well together and were just all connecting.”
Hillcrest got 17 points, six boards and two assists each from Withrow and Malia Yoder. The Eagles are now 4-11 on the year, as the Ravens fall to 4-13.
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January 26, 2024
Friday night the WACO Warriors entertained the Hillcrest Academy Ravens in a boy/girl Southeast Iowa Superconference basketball doubleheader. It was the Warriors that defended Bob Hilmer Court with a pair of wins. The girls contest went WACO’s way 48-42. Hillcrest led 7-6 after a defensively dominated first eight minutes. WACO found their offense in the second period, outscoring the Ravens 15-8 to take a 21-15 lead into the break. The Ravens turned the tables after intermission with an 18-10 third frame to take a 33-31 lead into the fourth. The Warriors closed strong, putting together a 17-9 run that lasted the entire final period to get the win. Emma Wagler led WACO with a monster double double 18 points and 15 rebounds. Brenna Graber chipped in 11 points and four assists. The Warriors pulled in 32 rebounds and swiped 19 steals as a team. WACO is now 8-8 on the year as the loss dropped Hillcrest to 4-13.
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January 23, 2024
In the KCII Area Game of the Week Tuesday night, Pekin basketball went on the road to Kalona and left with a pair wins over Hillcrest Academy.
The girls kicked off the sweep with a 30-27 win in game one. Tied at four after the opening frame, Chloe Glosser jump-started the scoring for the Panthers with a pair of second-quarter threes, while Anna Hadley added five. A late Lydia Beachy three-pointer accounted for the only points in the quarter for Hillcrest, as they went into the locker room trailing by seven. Pekin was able to maintain a comfortable cushion in the second half. Hadley tacked on eight more to finish the night with 15, leading all scorers. Malia Yoder had four of her eight points in the fourth quarter, but the deficit was too much for the Ravens, who dropped to 4-12.
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