The Hackett Sr High Lady Hornets 2019-2020 basketball season has come to an end. The Lady Hornets had a hurly-burly of a year filled with ups and downs, tears, and cheers but in true Hackett fashion, the girls along with Coach Broc Adams never sweat the small stuff. They finished the season with 904 points, an 8-18 total record and 2-10 in conference play placing them as the #7 seed for the District Tournament. And that’s when the Lady Hornets really came to life.
During District play, Hackett took on and defeated Westside and Lavaca which was enough to send them through to Regionals. The Lady Hornets fell to Mountainburg in the District semifinals but they didn’t let that rain on their basketball parade. Next, it was off to Regionals for this much deserving group of athletes who were slated to take on the Flippin Lady Bobcats. The Lady Hornets ended taking a 42-31 loss to the Lady Bobcats but considering the first time Hackett took on Flippin at the beginning of the season the Lady Bobcats won by 39 points, there’s no better definition of improvement on the Lady Hornets part.
Faith Thomas led her team with 11 points followed by Madeline Freeman with seven and Shayla Foster with five. “I was most impressed with how hard these girls played every night,” expressed Coach Adams. “They improved in all aspects of the game and watching them grow as a basketball team was a lot of fun! In the last couple of weeks, we put a lot of emphasis on everyone having a chance when it came to tournament time and we were able to pick up two good wins in the District Tournament and make it to Regionals!”
“I can’t begin to describe how proud of this team I am! They are competitors and never quit. I’m extremely thankful for the support from our community, families and admin this year and most importantly my amazing wife Ashley for allowing me to do what I love. It was one of my favorite years of coaching! Watching how much these girls improved over the course of the year was phenomenal! For all mine that are softballers, I can’t wait to watch you guys continue on to your next sport. I’ll be there as much as possible and hope you go win another state title. Here’s to a great offseason in preparation of next year!”
Photos courtesy of Bridget Freeman