The Eagles hosted the Valley Christian Trojans for the Saturday night 2020 SCA Hoopcoming game. With a capacity crowd in the SCA gym to celebrate the induction of Coach Bob Fredericks to the SCA Athletic Hall of Fame, Coach Fredericks sent out the Board Committee lineup of seniors Jordan McDonald, Heather Hancock and Hayden Hancock, junior Kathryn Dick, and sophomore Brooke Hancock.
The Trojans, ranked #13 in Arizona Class 3A, jumped out to an early lead as the Eagles made some nervous turnovers on offense, but authoritative rebounding from Heather Hancock and key blocked shots from Kathryn Dick kept SCA in the game until Hayden Hancock could beat her defender on the low post to break the seal. Outstanding individual defense from Brooke Hancock meant that Valley was never able to extend their lead beyond five points, while Jordan McDonald ripped open the Trojan press throughout the quarter, and the Eagles closed the game to 7-8 after one.
In the second period, the fans packed in the bleachers were still not as hot as the outside shooting of Jordan McDonald, while sophomores Lily Richardson and Savannah Cardona changed the lineup composition into a Hands Team that continued to open up the Trojan full-court press. Brooke Hancock earned her corn on the break and in the low post and Kathryn Dick ran wild for a variety of jumpers and finger-tip roll-offs in addition to free throws, while freshman Daphne Garland helped SCA to a 21-15 half-time lead.
As the crowd returned to their seats for the second half full of tasty hamburgers and tacos, the Eagles continued their assault on the basket from three behind Jordan McDonald, trusting Heather Hancock to provide second chances with powerful rebounding. Hayden Hancock turned provider from the elbow in a high-low offense, hitting Kathryn Dick in the short corner and Brooke Hancock in the low post as well as knocking down her own fifteen-footers and getting put-backs down low. Jordan McDonald and Kathryn Dick continued the scoring from three, with Kathryn Dick drawing defenders and hitting an open Brooke Hancock down low for easy buckets.
The final quarter delighted the standing-room-only crowd with displays of extra passes for the wide-open shots as both teams throttled up and began to score furiously from three. SCA's press-breaking demonstrations, led by Jordan McDonald and Savannah Cardona, allowed the Eagles to open up leads as large as ten points, with Savannah Cardona putting the finishing touches on the game with three-point-shots as SCA ran out 47-39 winners to sweep both meetings with the Valley Christian Trojans.
Join the Eagles on their long trek to the Southwest Valley on Monday, January 20 for their 2A Metro regional match with Trivium Prep.