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Hart girls basketball wins first playoff game since 2011

Indians defeat Sultana 66-20

Posted: February 22, 2014 10:22 p.m.
Updated: February 22, 2014 10:22 p.m.
 

The side door of Hart High’s gymnasium is rarely, if ever, open during games.

But it was Saturday night, almost inviting everyone to come inside to witness what was going on.

If one walked in at the end of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIA first-round matchup inside and looked at the scoreboard, they would know why the door was open.

Hart defeated visiting Sultana High of Hesperia 66-20 for its first playoff victory since 2011 in the Indians’ first playoff appearance in three years.

“It’s really satisfying,” said Hart freshman point guard Sophia Jacobsson, who scored 17 points, dished out seven assists, pulled down five rebounds and had two steals. “We haven’t had a big win like this in a while.”

Jacobsson meant in terms of point margin.

But in terms of significance, the last big win was when Jacobsson was still in elementary school.

Hart’s lean last two seasons, in which it won a total of 12 games, made this one even more special.

“We’re so excited. Excited seems like such a small word for their effort,” said Hart head coach Terra Palmer. “For this to finally happen is phenomenal.”

Sultana (12-13) actually led 5-2 in the game’s first quarter before Hart (14-13) closed out the frame with the next 15 points.

The Sultana never hit double digits in any quarter.

Hart pressured Sultana defensively from bell to bell.

“Their pressure and our inexperience combined. We were a little inexperienced and panicked,” said Sultana head coach Dean Serbus. “We were in it early, but it got away quick.”

Defensively, Hart’s goal was to keep the ball out of 6-foot-2-inch center Ashley Hughes’ hands and smother the guards.

It certainly worked.

Hart junior Breze Kimble was a defensive spark plug with 10 steals to go with her six points.

Julia White added 12 points for the Indians.

Hart led 37-9 at halftime and 55-26 after three quarters.

The Indians next get the winner of Grand Terrace and Moorpark in Wednesday’s second round.

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