The Passaic Valley girls’ basketball teams closed out its season with a 53-49 loss to Newark Academy, on Feb. 21, in Little Falls, despite a marvelous performance by sophomore forward Taylor Hill.
Hill scored a career-high 41 points, including four 3-point baskets and nine field goals, along with 11 foul shots. Entering the game, the injury-plagued Hornets were without senior captain Brittany Bove, who was battling an illness.
Taylor Hill is a tremendous all-around athlete and marvelous student at Passaic Valley. (Click on photo for larger image)
“I knew without Brittany in the lineup, I’d have to take more of a scoring role,” said Hill, who is also a standout soccer and softball player. “I was feeling pretty good out there today and my shot was falling.”
With Hill taking on the scoring roll, she was often double teamed, but still managed to have a tremendous game.
“That’s because of my teammates,” said the unassuming Hill. “I don’t have that kind of game without them. We gave it a good run, but we wanted to win.”
Passaic Valley head coach Marc Salvatore was very impressed by Hill’s effort.
“It was an unreal performance,” said Salvatore. “With Brittany out, it was all Taylor on the offensive end. She was double teamed, but they couldn’t stop her, whether it was a 3-pointer, pull ups or from the free throw line. Taylor threw out the whole arsenal tonight.”
Hill (left in this photo) will soon be getting ready for the softball season. (Click on photo for larger image)
Hill couldn’t believe she had scored over 40 points in the game.
“I had no idea,” said Hill. “I was just playing and trying to help my team win. Forty one points? That’s hard to believe.”
Hill scored 19 points while Bove had 18 and Krisha Rana finished with 13 as the PV defeated METS Charter, 64-17, on Feb. 15, in Little Falls. Madison Leech scored four and Victoria Langevin and Eva Pavloska had two points each for the Hornets.
Hill (second from left) was a team captain, as a sophomore, this year in basketball. (Click on photo for larger image)
The PV boys’ basketball team lost its season finale on Feb. 21 to Fair Lawn, 59-46, and finished its season with a 7-15 record.
Coach Jim Holsworth’s team won its Senior Night game against METS Charter, 90-64, on Feb. 15. The Hornets were led by Steven Nitch, a senior who scored a career-high 29 points on a big night. Nitch also hit seven 3-point baskets.
Brian Whitney had 16 points while Elliot Whitney and Brandon Timothy scored 11 points each. Angel Rodriguez scored nine points, Rashuan Rex had seven, Jared Irizarry scored four and Zander Timothy finished with three points for PV.
The 90 points was Passaic Valley’s highest point total since it scored 92 in a state game at Mount Olive, on Feb. 27, 2012.
PV played a good game against Passaic Tech, on Feb. 19, losing 56-53, in overtime. Elliot Whitney had 20 points to lead PV while Brian Whitney scored nine and Nitch, Rodriguez and Timothy had eight points each. Passaic Valley led, 24-16, at the half before PCT rallied in the third quarter to take a one point lead.
Brian Whitney had 13 points in PV’s season finale game at Fair Lawn.