Is at a different location this season.
The forward, that feels at home is still currently playing for the San Diego Section winner that is four-time-defending.
However, unlike last season, McCoy is relaxed about her circumstance. She’s fully acclimated for a Grizzly.
That wasn’t the case this past year.
She had been on the Mission Hills campus, but her spirit was back in El Dorado Hills (near Sacramento) together with her friends and, even what’s more, her teammates on the basketball team at Oak Ridge High.
“It took me all season to get over the move,” McCoy said. “Everything was different. I had a routine that revolved around basketball, and it had been disrupted.
“My father coached boys basketball teams, and that I was always on a negative hoop shooting by myself. I would go to the Oak Ridge gym on Sundays to be by myself. I had a key.”
McCoy got on a Sunday to the Mission Hills fitness center and was immediately kicked out.
“I had been missing here,” McCoy said. “I was against moving here. I had friends at Oak Ridge who offered to let me remain with them but my parents wouldn’t let me remain.
“I had been expecting Dad would change his mind (regarding the job-related move) or Mom would only say no.
“I had been used to become a leader at Oak Ridge, however, that I was still getting used for this team all last year.”
Despite McCoy’s longing to return in Oak Ridge, her contributions were important to the Grizzlies’ success. They won the Avocado East League championship and a third straight Open Division title and finished 30-3. She earned first-team all-section honors.
December, McCoy had been chosen the SoCal Holiday Classic’s most valuable player after the Grizzlies edged La Jolla Country Day 65-61 in overtime in the closing.
Were her teammates in Oak Ridge. Prior to returning home from the event, they arrived to cheer on McCoy and her team.
With most of the Oak Ridge players, McCoy posed afterward together with her tournament MVP award in hand.
“Many of my former teammates were so mad at Dad for moving the household,” McCoy said. “Everything happens for a reason, but those were my girls and they did not despise me. It was a wonderful moment for me.”
McCoy’s figures didn’t reflect her distress. She averaged 15.1 points, six rebounds and three assists last season.
“She fit in here because she was just like the women we’d this past year — they were all pure gym rats,” Mission Hills trainer Chris Kroesch said. “This is going to be a different role for her this season.
“She isn’t a rah-rah person. She leads by example. She’s only out on the court to play basketball.
“Hailey is among the best five players at the county.”
McCoy will play basketball next season from El Dorado Hills and Mission Hills. She has signed a letter of intent with the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.
She plans to major in sports advertising.
SEASON STORY LINES
Mission Hills now has won four titles counting the Division I crown in 2014 and collected a successive San Diego Section Open Division championship last season. They are entering land not researched by many regional teams since the Grizzlies attempt for a fifth straight championship this season. Only Bishop’s (1997-2002) and La Jolla Country Day (2003-08) have won six straight titles. Christian (1991-95) has captured five straight. Point Loma still tops the list with four straight segment names to go with four straight state crowns (1984-87).
Making a point
Last spring Bishop’s graduated quite a little offense. The Knights, who averaged 79.9 points a game in attaining the Open Division finals, lost Destiny Littleton, the all time top scorer in section and state history that averaged 42.7 points. Bishop’s also lost Alessandra Aguirre, who averaged 15.3 points a game. The duo also averaged 15 rebounds a game. Texas was finally chosen by Littleton. The top 3-point shot all time of the section, Aguirre, is at Yale.
SoCal Holiday Classic
This year’s tournament, scheduled to operate Dec. 27-30 in many of health clubs around the continent, features Mission Hills, which has won the previous two Premier Division names, and last season’s runner-up, La Jolla Country Day. The two teams are in various pools, so that they wouldn’t match until the largest tournament on the West Coast’s championship game.
Two teams won their very first section titles this past year besides Mission Hills winning a fourth crown. Mater Dei Catholic won the Division I title while Maranatha Christian captured Division V the second segment title in the moment in any sport in school history. Rancho Bernardo won Division II to proceed with its Division III title in 2015. The Division III title of Lincoln was the first for the Hornets since 1994. Escondido Adventist won in Division IV.
On a roll
In eight seasons coaching at Mission Hills, a record that was 178-69 has been compiled by Chris Kroesch with only one losing season. Throughout the Grizzlies’ four championship seasons, his record is 109-22, a percentage of .832.
Monahan is a freelance writer.