Hillman Eyeing History as Postseason Nears
HILLMAN – With its fourth consecutive North Star League Big Dipper championship in hand, the Hillman girls basketball team is eyeing history as the postseason nears.
Ranked seventh in Class D, the Tigers (18-1, 15-0) have won 18 straight after opening their year with a touch of déjà vu.
The déjà vu came in the form of the Cedarville Trojans, as Hillman has dropped its season opener to Cedarville in three-point fashion each of the last two years. The Tigers ripped off 21 straight wins following a 47-44 defeat to the Trojans in the 2016-17 opener before ultimately falling to Pickford in a Class D regional semifinal. This winter, Hillman opened the year with a 44-41 loss across the Mackinac Bridge.
Hillman now sets its sights on winning its second consecutive district title and third since 2015.
“When you have a team that’s on a streak like we’re on, and group of girls that are playing as hard as they do, it’s been a phenomenal season,” Hillman coach John Kuzewski said. “This time of year, there’s not a lot of new things that you see from teams. You pretty much have them scouted out, and they have you scouted out. So, it comes down to the players. Yeah, the coaches can make a little bit of a difference, but you’ve got to have players that are ready to execute in the moment. This school has not won a regional since 1975, so that’s a goal of ours.”
The Tigers close out their regular season at Fairview on Monday. Hillman won the previous meeting, 62-8.
Following Monday’s regular-season finale, Hillman will have eight days to prepare for another meeting with Rogers City. The two sides will square off in a Class D district semifinal on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The winner will face either Posen or Onaway for the district championship on Friday, March 2.