Hopewell’s pressure halts New Kent playoff run, ends Lady Trojans’ season
New Kent’s Lady Trojans exceeded expectations this year by advancing to the second round of the Group 3A Region A quarterfinal found. Unfortunately for the Lady Trojans, a trip to Hopewell to face a 19-1 Lady Blue Devil squad ended their season.
A plethora of turnovers coupled with the inability to get the offense going resulted in New Kent’s downfall, dropping the contest at Hopewell 74-26 Monday night.
The Blue Devils burst out the gate behind the scoring of Tyiana Simmons. Her lay-in off the opening score put the hosts up for good. After her basket, Hopewell enforced full-court pressure against New Kent, leading to unforced errors and miscues by the Lady Trojans. Meanwhile, the hosts converted New Kent’s turnovers into easy scored, orchestrating a 14-0 run to begin the game.
A free throw by Lady Trojan Jada Hooker snapped the streak accounted for the visitors first points. Brynne Jones scored the only field goal of the quarter for New Kent. However, Hopewell emerged on top with a 20-point advantage to end the first (23-3). Any comeback attempt by the Lady Trojans was smashed in the second, as Hopewell’s continued pressured forced 27 first half turnovers. Meanwhile, the Lady Blue Devils outscored the visitors 26-6 to hold a 43-9 advantage at the half before sealing the win.
After the game was over, Lady Trojan head coach Neko Burson said Hopewell took advantage of New Kent’s weaknesses.
“Tonight, we didn’t execute, and they sort of exposed our flaws,” the coach said. “We played a tough game in a tough gym where it’s all business and no fun and games.
“We are used to playing teams with one to two being great in the Bay Rivers,” Burson continued. “This team tonight was great one through nine.”
The head coach also reflected on the team’s season, finishing with one of the best records in year at 9-14.
“We played hard all season and we continued to fight,” he said. “We have a lot of talent coming back and a lot of good talent coming up, so we are excited for the future of this woman’s program here at New Kent.”
Jones scored nine points to lead New Kent in the scoring column. Madison Foley poured in seven, Haley Hyndshaw contributed five, Jada Hooker added three, and Alaina Loveland chipped in two.
Simmons led all scorers in the game with 22 points.