Rock Hill girls basketball enter district play with great expectations

By Rick Bailey
For the Prosper Press

Rock Hill - The Rock Hill Lady Blue Hawks are off and running in their inaugural basketball 2020-2021 basketball season under the leadership of head coach Stephanie Shaw and her staff. Shaw came to Rock Hill from Byron Nelson where she was the head coach from 2017 until she came to lead the Blue Hawks. 

When asked about the expectations for this inaugural season Shaw commented, “As far as preseason expectations go, we are playing eleven kids that don't have any varsity experience so we will be learning on the job and hope to see improvement each game.  We are a very inexperienced, young team that has no seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen this year.” 

Coach Shaw is excited about early season progression with the group and added, “This team has bought into what we are doing and are building team chemistry.  The pandemic has made it hard to do as much team bonding as we would on a normal year, but these young ladies have grown so much since August.  They are a great group to be around everyday and I look forward to seeing their growth over the next couple of weeks and then heading into district competition.” 

The Lady Blue Hawks start district play on Tuesday, December 15 hosting Sherman. Rock Hill is heading into district play with a 5-6 record. District 10-5A includes Princeton, Wylie East, McKinney North, The Colony, Denison, Sherman and Lovejoy. Princeton (11-0) is ranked 10th in Class 5A in the state and Wylie East (8-2) is ranked 23rd.

Rock Hill opened its season on November 6 with a 65-19 win against Naaman Forest. Sophomore Rebekah Juett had the team’s first double double in school history with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

After opening the inaugural season with a win the Lady Blue Hawks defeated Lebanon Trail 52-30 to get their second win of the season. They had three players in double digits, Rebekah Juett with 19 points, nine rebounds and four steals. Aairyahna Sugss with 11 points, four rebounds and three assists along with Taylor Hagen who had 11 points, eight rebounds and two steals.

The Lady Blue Hawks (2-0) defeated Frisco Independence in a nail biter of a game on Friday, November 13.  Rock Hill played tough defensively until the very end, finishing with a 47-44 victory over Independence. Rebekah Juett led the team with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Haleiyah Hayes had nine points and Aariyahnah Suggs fought hard with seven rebounds. The win was the third of the season for Rock Hill.

On November 22 the Lady Blue Hawks (3-0) took their first loss of the season lost to Van Alstyne on the road last Friday, 53-45. Sophomore Rebekah Juett had 18 points. Junior Haleiyah Hayes had two defensive deflections and three steals. 

The Lady Blue Hawks (3-1) took a tough loss against Keller Central 36-30. Point guards Elyssia Brooks and Aariyahna Suggs had two defensive steals each and sophomore Rebekah Juett led the team with 20 points.

Rock Hill (3-2) then lost to PCA 55-30 on the road. The team had an overall free throw percentage of 73% and a total of 18 defensive rebounds. Sophomore Rebekah Juett had 11 points and five rebounds while Freshman Elyssia Brooks had six points, five rebounds and two steals.

On November 24 the Lady Blue Hawks (3-3) got back in the winning column as they defeated Gainesville 74-15 in their first home game. Sophomore Rebekah Juett led the team with 18 points while freshman Laney Hutson and junior Haleiyah Hayes each had 12 points.

Rock Hill (4-3) opened up the month of December with a tough loss to Sanger 48-37. Rebekah Juett led the team with 17 points, nine rebounds and four defensive deflections. Freshman Laney Hutson had six rebounds and junior Haleiyah Hayes got eight points and three rebounds.

Rock Hill (4-4) got back on the winning track with a strong win over Celina 60-44. The team shot 78% from the free throw line. Freshman Elyssia Brooks totaled 14 points and two assists. Another freshman Laney Hutson got five points and 11 rebounds. Junior Haleiyah Hayes scored 12 points, three rebounds and three assists as well. 

The Lady Blue Hawks (5-4) hosted Timber Creek and took a 40-25 loss. The girls fought hard and played very aggressively from start to finish according to head coach Stephanie Shaw. Sophomore Jackie Powell led the team with seven points and two steals. Sophomore Rebekah Juett gathered five rebounds.

Rock Hill (5-5) took on the very strong Gunter Lady Tigers and dropped a tough loss 46-58. Jackie Powell led the team with nine points. Rebekah Juett had eight points and eight rebounds, while Halieyah Hayes got eight points and two steals. The loss leaves the Lady Blue Hawks sitting at five wins and six losses heading into District 10-5A play.