Heritage Hills' Brown gets 100th winDecember 3, 2019
By JONATHAN SAXON
LINCOLN CITY — Heritage Hills coach Kim Brown was on the verge of 100 career wins going into Tuesday night’s game against Pocket Athletic Conference rival Tell City Marksmen, but you wouldn’t be able to tell based on her composure. She didn’t deviate from her approach to the game or even go around talking about the fact in the days prior.
“I don’t keep track,” said Brown. “I didn’t say anything to anybody. As far as I knew, nobody else knew.”
Still, Brown enjoyed sharing the moment with her players at center court after the Patriots (5-2, 1-0) stormed out to a 75-20 win over the Marksmen in the PAC opener. An announcement was made to the crowd marking the achievement, and Brown took a moment to take pictures with her team as they held up a sign to mark her 100th win.
“Every win feels good, but it feels go to know that all the work is paying off,” she said. “The fact that the girls realized it and wanted to celebrate with me makes me feel really good.”
The game’s result was never in doubt as the Patriots used their length to disrupt the Marksmen on defense and in turn create easy baskets on the other end. The Patriots jumped out to an early 9-0 start after buckets from sophomore guards Avery Neff and Hadley Lytton along with junior forward Rebekah Gordon. Freshman forward Rylie Schroeder scooped in a layup to get the Marksmen on the board, but shots from Gordon, Neff, Lytton and senior guard Briana Quinn rolled together for a 21-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Senior guard Ava Hilgenhold knocked in a three to start the second quarter, but the Pats responded with shots from junior forwards Nevah Barnett and Kylee Appman. The Marksmen were able to put together a 7-0 run behind scores from Hilgenhold and freshman guard Jaylie Albin. However, Lytton, Gordon and Appman scored the final 11 points of the second to give the Patriots a 42-15 lead at halftime.
The second half was more of the same with the Patriots dominating both ends of the floor to seal the win. They held the Marksmen to zero points in the third quarter, and about midway through the fourth, all of the starters were on the bench as the reserves finished off the game.
Lytton finished with 20 points while shooting 4-of-6 from the three-point line. Gordon had 14 points and nine rebounds. Hilgenhold had eight points to lead the Marksmen.
“We came out strong, especially in the first quarter,” said Lytton. “That’s what we needed. We’re actually starting to do the stuff we’re working on in practice.”
“We really pushed it tonight,” added Gordon. “This one was really enjoyable.”
The players were happy to get their coach her 100th win and share the moment in celebrating with her and the fans. They look at her as the motor that really gets the team going and love going out and playing their best for her at gametime.
“She really deserves it because she’s the biggest part of the team,” said Lytton. “When she’s super excited, it motivates us to keep going harder.”
“I really loved it,” added Gordon. “She really knows her players. She knows when to push you at times (to be) the player you can be.”
Brown said she has grown a lot from her coaching experience, especially when it comes to communication. She’ll enjoy the win for a bit, but she’s already trained her mind on the biggest task at hand — the Patriots next game against another PAC rival, the Tecumseh Braves (3-1, 1-0) on Thursday at home.
“The number of wins isn’t something I think about,” she said. “It’s about getting better and winning the big game. Thursday is the biggest game of the season for us."
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