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Prep girls basketball: Hart to honor Lilley

School to retire jersey on Feb. 1, day before her wedding

Posted: January 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Hart graduate Taylor Lilley, shown here in the CIF-SS Division I-A title game on March 4, 2006, will have her No. 1 jersey retired by the high school Feb. 1.

 

She’s still trying to figure it out.

Is it rehearsal, number retirement then rehearsal dinner?

Is it number retirement, rehearsal then rehearsal dinner?

Whatever order it will be, it will be a hectic Feb. 1 for Hart High basketball great and former WNBA player Taylor Lilley.

On that day, Lilley’s No. 1 will be retired in a ceremony at Hart High at halftime of the boys basketball game between Hart and Golden Valley.

That same day she will have the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner for her wedding, which will take place the next day.

Lilley, who is second on the state’s all-time list in 3-point percentage in a career (44.1 — 275-for-624) and second in a season (2006 — 50 percent at 119-for-238) said she was at the Hart-Saugus basketball game last Friday where she was told about the honor.

“I was leaving and saw (Hart co-Athletic Director and football coach) Mike Herrington and told him, ‘So, I’m getting married Feb. 2,’ and he goes, ‘OK, yeah, well, I’ll see you’ll be around,’” Lilley recalled. “He was beating around the bush. I was thinking, ‘What is he trying to say?’ We were in the foyer (of the gym where the retired jerseys hang) and he said, maybe you’re not supposed to know yet,’ then he looked up and hinted at the jerseys.”

Lilley was a superstar at Hart.

She graduated in 2006, the same year Hart won a CIF-Southern Section Division I-A championship.

Lilley was a CalHiSports All-State Second-Teamer that season.

She went onto the University of Oregon and set records for 3-pointers made in a game (nine), single-season (124) and career (270).

The 24-year-old is also the only female to grow up in the Santa Clarita Valley and make it to the WNBA.

She played for the Phoenix Mercury in 2010 and in her one season she played 21 games and averaged 3.3 points in 10.8 minutes per game.

Lilley was cut in training camp the next season and retired.

She served as an assistant coach with The Master’s College women’s basketball team in 2011-12, then got an offer to play professionally in Australia.

In 2012, she was the Most Valuable Player of the Queensland Basketball League.

“It was a cool opportunity that opened up,” Lilley said. “Being around the game and coaching, I really missed the game, playing it.”

Lilley said she has an opportunity to return to the league and play in 2013, as does her future husband, former Fresno Pacific basketball player Jordan Wild, in the men’s league.

She said she has no visions of playing in the WNBA again.

 

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