The Hilmar High girls basketball team hosted their rivals, Escalon, on Thursday night in a critical Trans Valley League homecoming bout.
After a third quarter outburst, the Lady ‘Jackets were able to hold off the Cougars in the closing quarter of the game as the game resulted in a 35-33 thriller for Hilmar.
“It was a bit of a nail biter. Started cold and ended cold but our defense really stepped it up,” Hilmar head coach Don Inman said.
The ‘Jackets currently sit in fourth place in the TVL with a 4-6 record. After the win, the Lady ‘Jackets are 8-3 at home this season after their final home game.
After a 15-7 surge in the third, the ‘Jackets defense let down for a bit in the fourth, but they managed to contain the pressure from the Cougars in the closing minutes.
“Both played decent, but we held them off. We stepped up on defense, we held them to single digits in three of the four quarters,” Inman said.
Val Ewing topped out with 13 points and four assists. Dominique Cozzitorto had a strong game in the paint as she totaled five points and eight rebounds.
“Great night. I was really proud of all the kids because they all worked so hard… everyone that went out there played hard,” Inman said. “There have been inconsistencies, but I can’t complain about the effort we got all night long. We just kept them from overtaking us.”
Kinsey Pettigrew finished with eight points, four boards and two assists.
With only two games left, the Lady ‘Jackets will travel to Orestimba as they will square off against the Warriors in a TVL matchup at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.