CHRISMAN — Armstrong-Potomac girls basketball coach Nick Hipsher wrote 77-35 on the board after his Trojans fell to Cissna Park Timberwolves, 51-41, in the IHSA Class 1A Chrisman Regional on Roger Beals Court.
That represented the record of the Trojans during the careers of seniors Johanna Bruens, Courtney Hambleton, Rachel Miles and Morgan Zindars.
“We are obviously disappointed with tonight,’’ said Hipsher. “But, I think this senior class has really turned this program around. Before this group of seniors got here, the program was down a little bit. Looking at the big picture, they have done a lot of good things and they have set a lot of building blocks for the future teams.’’
On Tuesday night, that message was not what the Armstrong-Potomac seniors, who won the school’s first conference title since 2002, wanted to think about.
“No, not really, we would rather be talking about our next game,’’ admitted senior Rachel Miles, who had a game-high 22 points for the Trojans. “We just talked about that in the locker room, and these four years haven’t been just about basketball — it was also about life with a great team.’’
Ultimately, the season for Armstrong-Potomac (20-6) came to an end because the Trojans could not get the ball in the basket enough times.
Armstrong-Potomac shot just 27.8 percent (15-of-54) and the Trojans were just 1-of-10 behind the 3-point arc.
“I don’t know what we shot, but I know we struggled from the outside,’’ Hipsher said. “Morgan (Zindars) hit the only 3 in the fourth quarter off that play we called.
“When you make shots, you look good. When you don’t, things don’t look very good.’’
Hipsher said that he thought the Trojans were getting good looks.
“The one thing I wish I had done was call more sets to get Morgan some more shots,’’ he said as Zindars was held to nine points on 4-of-16 shooting, but she was just 2-of-5 in the first half. “We really dug ourselves a hole in the first half.’’