Scott Egan led the Hillsboro girls’ basketball team to a 16–9 record and a fourth-place finish in the Scenic Bluffs Conference in his first year as a varsity head coach.
Six of Egan’s players received postseason honors when the SBC announced its year-end awards early last week.
Juniors Destiny Shore and Morgan Huntley, and freshman Sydney Johnson earned first-team All-SBC honors.
Juniors Mackenzie Sullivan and Brittany Borchardt received honorable mention, while senior Bridgette Madden was named to the eight-player all-sportsmanship team.
Shore finished second on the team in scoring at 9.9 points per game. She played in all 25 games and also averaged 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game. She led the Tigers with 26 3-pointers and shot a team-best 67.2 percent (43-for-64) from the free throw line. Shore was an honorable mention All-SBC selection a year ago.
Huntley, a 6–foot-2 center, averaged 8.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, while shooting a team-high 45.3 percent (82-for-181) from the field. She played in all 25 games, starting 15 after moving into the starting line-up midway through the season.
Despite missing five games this season with an injured ankle, Johnson led the Tigers in scoring at 10.2 points per game and finished second with 5.7 rebounds per contest.
Sullivan started all 25 games averaging 6.7 points, while leading the team with 6.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.
Borchardt averaged 4.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals. She also made 20 3-pointers and started all 25 games.
Madden, the team’s only senior, averaged 1.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game while playing in 14 contests.
The Tigers will return all five starters and their top eight scorers next year.
“I thought we had a great season overall,” said Egan. “I was very lucky with the girls I got in my first year. It was an unselfish group that worked hard every day and was willing to learn. Based off various things I heard coming into Hillsboro, I believe we exceeded the expectations of most people. However, I know these girls were not satisfied where this season ended.
“With the majority of our team coming back, I hope they use these small shortcomings as motivation for next year and are able to achieve all the goals that they set for themselves. I really enjoyed coaching this team and am looking forward to continuing to build the program in Hillsboro.”
Bangor senior Megan Horstman was named the SBC Player of the Year for a second straight season after leading the Cardinals to a 23–4 record and the outright conference title.