RAVENS BRING HOME THE WINS
RAVEN GIRLS ROLL NEW LONDON; BOYS BEAT CENTRAL LEE FOR SHOOT OUT VICTORIES
Article credit: Zach Ulin/KCII
FEBRUARY 1 & 2, 2024
The Hillcrest Academy girls and boys basketball teams scored a pair of wins in the Southeast Iowa Superconference Shoot Out to close last week. Thursday, the Raven girls ran away from New London 60-39 at Louisa-Muscatine. Hillcrest led 20-7 after one and 40-18 at the break. The Ravens maintained focus and didn’t let the Tigers back in the contest after intermission. Hillcrest outrebounded New London 44-18, came away with 22 steals and had 10 team assists. Malia Yoder went double double 28 points and 10 rebounds. Claire Withrow ended with 12 points and Niva Helmuth had 16 rebounds. Sophie Malott led the Tigers with 16 points. Head coach Mitchell Drey joined the KCII Radio Coaches Corner Saturday to talk about the win. “Malia Yoder as a point guard 28 points and 10 rebounds. Niva (Helmuth) who’s playing big inside for us, coming back on Thursday, ready to go and hustling, after missing time late against Wapello Tuesday. Delaney (Shaw) was right there close with her. I felt like to start this game the girls wanted to make a point of ‘we’re going to play as hard as we can because we’ve worked hard to get here. We had to fight and claw to get into this spot.’ They came in with the mindset of, all rebounds are already ours, we’re going to force steals, we’re going to play for each other and it showed!”
Hillcrest is now 6-14, their most wins in five years as they get ready for a first round regional matchup Thursday at WACO.
The Raven boys knocked off Central Lee at Burlington Notre Dame Friday 54-40. Defenses dominated early, with the Ravens up 6-4 after one and 18-16 at halftime. Out of the break, Hillcrest sprinted through the third quarter on a 23-9 run to take control. The Ravens were efficient, shooting 45% with 13 team assists.
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SUPERCONFERENCE SWEEP FOR RAVENS OVER WAPELLO
Article from KCII website
JANUARY 30, 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.