“It was a gut checking win.” Those were the words spoken by head coach, Kent Elmore when talking about the Hackett Sr Hornets and District play. The #3 seeded Hornets stole the 49-44 win from the #6 seeded Westside Rebels in round two of the Sr High District Tournament on Tuesday night. Hackett upgrades their total play record to 9-14. “I couldn’t be more proud of my guys. They knew how difficult it was to be able to beat a team three times and they stepped up to the challenge.” The Hornets had overpowered the Rebels in both of their previous conference match-ups.
“All of the hard work and preparation behind closed doors has led to this outcome. We got down early and in foul trouble but our bench production was phenomenal and that was one thing that I thought put us on top.” Zach Gragg and Dylan Kats earned 10 points each followed by Cash Oliver with eight, Jake Fisher with seven, Tyler Satterfield with six, Ethan Slavens and Austin Cowell with three apiece, and Jesse Esparza with two.
In the semi-final round of District play, Hackett will take on the #2 seeded Hector Wildcats on Thursday, February 20 at 7:45 p.m. in Hector. “We are going to have to defend very well and outwork Hector in every possession. The turnover category will need to be in our favor for tonight’s game.”