February 27, 2023 – Story and photos by Joshua Ross
As winter season winds down and tournament play heats up, there are many great performances to choose from for Athlete of the Week presented by College Hype. The girls basketball team needed two big wins in the Weymouth Invitational tournament last week to have a chance at making the playoffs. This week’s winner, senior captain Sarah Holler, did everything she could to get the team over the finish line, including averaging 11 points and 22 rebounds per game and taking home tournament MVP. Unfortunately, the girls finished just outside the tournament rankings at 34 and had their season end in Weymouth.
While bittersweet for the girls, Sarah’s teammates credit her leadership and determination on and off the court for making their season and careers memorable.
“Sarah leads by example on the court and off,” says fellow senior Anabelle Platt. “Her dedication to the girls basketball team does not go unnoticed, as she is always in the gym or her own time and doing everything she can to help bring victory and spirit to the team. She is always the first one to dive on a loose ball or give you a pat on the back even if you made a mistake. Sarah is the definition of a selfless player. She is always looking for the extra pass or assist and I believe is the glue to our team. No matter if we win or lose Sarah always stays optimistic and encourages us to keep persevering. She has been such a huge role model to no only our underclassmen but the whole program and will be missed greatly next year.”
Junior Sophie Kerr has played with Sarah for two years and reflects on the impact she’s had on the underclassmen.
“There’s so much I could say about Sarah’s leadership on and off the court these past two years we’ve played together,” Kerr says. “But what I will say is that girl never stops working. There’s no doubt in my mind she would run herself to the ground for this team and she has. Despite the way things turned out this season, Sarah proved to all of us her true dedication to the game, herself, and her teammates as she led us to many important victories and lifted us up after losses. Just because we’re done does not mean she’s gonna stop working though because that’s just who she is. That’s what makes her such a good leader, she leads by example, holding us all accountable and showing us how to work. Her dedication rubs off on younger players, definitely her biggest impact on hingham girls basketball.”
Congrats to Sarah and the rest of her teammates on a memorable season!