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GIRLS: Hoggard 48, New Hanover 37


Hoggard got an early-season boost by beating New Hanover and taking third place.

The Vikings led from start to finish with a roster of younger players and strong defense. Sophomore Julia Buehler led Hoggard with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting while freshman Emma Haywood had 10.

Hoggard opened an 11-point lead at halftime and led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter. The Vikings ran a zone defense and focused on shutting down New Hanover’s inside game. 

Forward Kapria Pressley finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, but the Hoggard zone and halftime lead forced New Hanover into outside shots, and New Hanover was unable to convert.

The Wildcats shot 6-for-27 from the field in the second half, compared to Hoggard’s 6-for-10 shooting.

“When I came into this season, I told the girls our emphasis was going to be defense,” Hoggard coach Boubacar Aw said. “We can do a whole lot of things out of our defense.”