Halfhill surpasses 1,000 points in Canfield’s 71-51 loss at Hoover

The Vikings hit 10-3-pointers in the 20-point victory.


Vindicator Correspondent

NORTH CANTON — On a night of milestones, the Canfield High girls basketball team made progress Wednesday night.

With 14 points, senior guard Jill Halfhill reached the 1,000-point mark during her Canfield career, but Hoover High’s milestone, a school record 10 made 3-pointers, carried the Vikings to a 71-51 victory.

“It was kind of frustrating,” Halfhill said about reaching 1,000 points. “People were like coming up to me and saying, ‘Are you going to do it tonight?’ I’m like ‘I don’t know.’

“I never really talked about it and so now that it’s over with it’s probably going to be a lot easier to focus on things ahead.”

Among the things the Bowling Green recruit can focus on are the Cardinals, who have started with losses to Canton McKinley, West Branch and Hoover.

“We’re really young and we’re going to come together and be really good,” Halfhill said. “I know it, I can see it, and that’s why I’m not worrying about these first three games.”

Canfield coach Pat Pavlansky said he knew the Cardinals might start the season slowly considering their schedule.

“The way our schedule is we knew it was going to be brutal,” he said. “Our success is going to be dictated by our young kids coming of age a little bit and our older kids helping those younger kids out. We are definitely a work in progress right now.

“We just talked about it in the locker room,” Pavlansky said. “We need to be better together. I think tonight, by far, was our best effort of the season. We lost by 20 and I’m saying that.

“I just told the girls I still think we can be a great team. I honestly think we can.”

Halfhill contributed 14 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists.

“Jill is a phenomenal, phenomenal talent in basketball,” Pavlansky said. “To be recruited by Bowling Green, which already has an all-American point guard who is only a junior, and she is the number one recruit for their team for next season, that’s just testimony itself.

“Jill getting 1,000 tonight was really special,” Pavlansky said. “She’s not going to make a big deal out of it because she’s a team person. She’s a phenomenal talent and we’re glad she’s on our team for the next 17 games and the tournament.”

Kaitlin Kaleel and Sabrina Mangapora scored nine points each while Sara Shoemaker grabbed eight rebounds for the Cardinals who trailed 19-15 after one quarter and 34-28 at the half.

Canfield trailed 41-35 with 5:47 remaining in the third quarter before Hoover’s relentless attack helped the Vikings pull away.

Nine players attempted 3-pointers — six girls made at least one — for Hoover (3-0) which attacked aggressively both offensively and defensively. The Vikings shot 43 percent (10-for-23) from 3-point range and 44 percent (26-for-59) overall.

Lindsey Fiala and Hannah Roan came off the bench to score 15 and 14 points, respectively, and senior guard Allison Peare added 11 points.

“I think we have the right girls to get things done,” Pavlansky said about the Cardinals. “They’re starting to realize things little by little. Obviously we would like it to go faster, understanding everything. But we made some steps tonight that will help us way down the road, for years to come. I was very pleased with the girls’ effort tonight.”

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