Basketball Team Defeats Northwest Christian School
The Hilltop Hawks basketball team made school history on February 6 after defeating the Northwest Christian School 24-22, recording its first win in school history!
After an early, lopsided loss to NCS back in December, the Hawks worked hard and focused on basketball fundamentals: dribbling, passing, defending, and boxing out. Hilltop’s diligent work ethic paid off as the team demonstrated poise and composure in this tightly contested game.
Point guard Nick Arapkiles ’19 played tenacious defense and confidently maintained possession of the ball and recorded 6 points on the day. Forwards Charlotte Mignon ’19, William Masone ’19, Kanna Pasanuri ’19, and David Sacks’19 pounded the backboards throughout the afternoon leading the team in rebounds while also helping to secure the inside post offensively. Swingman Richard Cort ’18 was the high scorer on the afternoon with 10 points, including two late baskets that helped secure the Hilltop win. Other strong performances were turned in by 4th graders Eli Senhaoui, Henry Gibson, and Logan Turner, proving true the old adage: It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but rather the size of the fight in the dog. Our youngest players proved to be some of our most aggressive and tenacious defenders.
In our second game, the Hilltop Hawks were equally passionate but ran into a tough squad from NCS. Point guards Allison Bliss ’21 and Finn Harm ’22 showed tremendous improvement in their dribbling and court vision. Forwards Max Mazzatta ’19, Ryan Arapkiles ’21, and Preston Pirello ’21 applied their boxing out abilities to secure some much-needed rebounds. Annika Chamberlain ’21 and Samantha Werner ’22 courageously defended our basket as they went head-to-head with some much older opponents from NCS.
The coaching staff is inspired by the hard work, dedication, and resilience from these student-athletes. Despite the two losses early this season, these players used these setbacks as an opportunity to improve, develop, and ultimately find a way to win.