First-place HCA girls bounce back in victory at Veritas

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Jan. 14—Coming off a tough 69-50 loss at Blue Ridge Early College on Jan. 7, Haywood Christian Academy's girls basketball team got back in the win column Monday night with a 63-42 conference road win at Veritas Christian Academy.

"I was very happy. We came out in our press right off the bat and the pressure kind of shook Veritas up and helped put us out in the lead," HCA Head Coach Patrick Holcombe said.

The win improved the Red Wolves to 14-2 overall and 9-1 in conference play, good for first place in the standings with three conference games and three non-conference games left before the postseason.

Sophomore guard Mia Hansen, the team's leading scorer on the season at 17.3 points per game, led HCA with 28 points in the win at Veritas.

"She brings the driving ability to our team. She can isolate and take girls one-on-one," Holcombe said. "She also plays the back part of our press, so she's the one that usually gets the steal. She brings a lot to the program with her offense and defense."

Sophomore wing Makayla Cody, HCA's second-leading scorer averaging 15 points per game, added 15 against Veritas.

"Makayla is my driver on the inside, so I always float her right around the paint at all times. She catches the ball, she's able to take all the contact and the bumps and the bruises," Holcombe said.

Red Wolves' senior wing Ella Anders connected on three-of-six three-pointers against Veritas and finished with 13.

"Pretty much what I ask of her is to shoot the three. We run plays just to set her up for that," Holcombe said. "She was on in the Veritas game and anytime she's like that, it's a big help. It gets the outside going which then opens up the inside for driving."

The different skill sets the trio of Hansen, Cody and Anders each bring to the team helps them feed off of each other, Holcombe added.

"It's a great combination with a three-point shooter, Mia being able to drive and Makayla roaming the middle," Holcombe said.

Junior post player Lizzy Patrick, the team's third leading scorer at 10.9 points per game and top rebounder at 8.8 per game, contributed seven points and nine boards against Veritas.

The Red Wolves are set to host The Master's Academy on Friday with the varsity girls tipping off at 5:45 p.m.

Next week, if the weather permits, HCA will host a rematch with Blue Ridge Early College on Monday at 6:15 p.m. before hosting another rematch against Veritas on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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