Basketball is played on a 94-foot court, but Maci McBride and Aubrey Oleksik turned Friday’s championship game into a halfcourt contest.
The duo of Lady Hawks were relentless with their pressure, keeping Irving College pinned into its own end during most of the Division 1 girls preseason championship game. Their defense, along with a combined 24 points, helped Hickory Creek beat the Lady Tigers 28-15.
McBride and Oleksik took turns harassing Irving College at every turn, leaving the Lady Tigers scrambling to even get the ball to halfcourt. Many times they were unable and that’s when the Lady Hawk guards were able to turn defense into offense.
McBride finished with 14 points and Oleksik added 10, almost all on layups following steals. Oleksik was able to finish through contact twice, finishing two three-point plays, including one to end the third quarter when the Lady Hawks went ahead 18-11.
Irving College wouldn’t get closer the rest of the way.
Ruby Denning and Mckenzie Roberts helped seal the victory with late layups for the Lady Hawks.
Irving College was led in scoring by Lilly Cathcart, who scored five. Ali Young was next with four, while Baelee Crouch, Kadee Lyle and Summer Wanamaker added two points each.
Following the game, McBride, Oleksik and teammate Addison Steakley were named to the all-tournament team. Cathcart, Young and Crouch were also recognized from the Lady Tigers.
They were joined by Amaya Martin and Sydney McCurry, who helped West win the consolation game over Bobby Ray 18-14. Alexia Ross was named to the all-tournament team from Bobby Ray, while Cydney Jane Perry was recognized from Boyd.