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Exciting Night of Basketball as Hopewell Girls 4th, 5th and 6th Travel Teams Were in Action



Before they wrapped up their regular season and move on to the playoffs, the Hopewell Girls Basketball Travel teams were in action.

Wednesday night, the Vikings 4th, 5th and 6th grade teams took on teams from Beaver Falls at the Hopewell Junior High School.

Hopewell Sports Nation was there and everyone in attendance was treated to some exciting basketball as Hopewell nearly pulled off the sweep.

This was a tightly contested game with the outcome not decided until the final two minutes of the contest. Although there wasn’t a ton of points scored, it wasn’t due to a lack of good opportunities. Hopewell did an excellent job of moving the ball around and getting shots in the paint. It was just one of those games were some of the shots weren’t falling. The good news was that Hopewell played TREMENDOUS team defense, rebounded REALLY WELL and came away with the win!

In the 1st quarter, Hopewell ran a nicely designed in-bounds play underneath their basket which led to a layup by Piper Bokor. In the 2nd quarter, Piper Bokor showed her passing skills as she found Hayden Sullivan, who finished. Hopewell led 4-2.

In the 4th quarter, after a Hopewell steal, No. 12 Amzey Budrous dribbled the ball the length of the court for a layup to give Hopewell a 6-2 lead. Later in the quarter, off another in-bounds play, Reese Budavich banked in a shot to cement the game.


This was a heart breaker for the 5th grade team as they led the entire game until the final minute of action. This was a high-level basketball game, especially in the second half as the teams’ traded baskets. Unfortunately for Hopewell, things didn’t go their way in the end, but it doesn’t take away from outstanding performance these girls put on.

The Vikings first basket of the evening came on an in-bounds play as No. 13 Talia Santia banked in a shot off the glass to give Hopewell a 2-0 lead. Later in the quarter, No. 24 Rilynn Davis with a beautiful pullup jumper and Hopewell led 4-0.

Alot of chances in the 2nd quarter but the only basket came on a shot off the glass from Santia. The game went to halftime with the score tied at 6.

After a low scoring first half, things really picked up in the 3rd quarter.

As she did to start the game, Santia scored first in the 3rd quarter as she connected on a shot off the glass after a nice pass from Davis. A couple possessions later, Davis showed off her outside shooting as she drained a deep 2. Following that basket, Hopewell retook the lead, 10-8. Davis again, this time she splits a double team at the foul line to drive to the hoop for 2. Hopewell now led 12-9.

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Another nice inbounds play for the Vikings resulted in a layup for Isia Rock and Hopewell led 14-11. More Davis, despite getting shoved, Rilynn drains a deep shot from the corner. Hopewell led again by 3 points, 16-13. Like Davis did earlier, Santia with some nice dribbling to split a trap and takes it in for a layup.

Hopewell led after the 3rd Quarter, 18-17.

Defense leads to offense, as the Vikings come up with a steal and Rock finishes it off with a layup. Hopewell led 20-17.

Davis gets fouled driving to the hoop and would make 1 of 2 shots from the line. Hopewell extended lead to 21-17. Then the lead expands to six as Davis comes up with a steal and takes it the length of the court for a left-handed layup. Hopewell led 23-17.

Unfortunately, that was the last basket of the game and Beaver Falls finished the game on a 9-0 to win by the score of 26-23.

Up next for this 5th grade team is a home game next Wednesday against Rochester.


The 6th grade team finished the triple header by taking on a good group of players from Beaver Falls. The game was tight for three quarters, but the Vikings outscored the Tigers 18-8 in the final quarter to come out with a win.

Hopewell’s second half defense and the 4th quarter press were the difference in the game as they were able to generate a significant number of turnovers with the full court defense. Lots of credit goes to Arionna Shell and Brooke Otto who were given the task of trying to slow down Beaver Falls best player, #10. They did an outstanding job of face guarding her which led to a number of turnovers and easy baskets for Hopewell.

Scoring by quarters- Hopewell led 8-4 after 1st quarter, 13-9 at halftime, 17-15 after the 3rd quarter, with the final score being Hopewell 35 Beaver Falls 23.

Hopewell Scoring:
Ellie McCoy – 12
Amiyah Shell – 8
Arionna Shell – 8
Afton Budris – 2
Sam Holsinger – 2
Dallas Boyd – 2
Stella Sannan – 1

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