Hiley Mazda Key Athlete of the Week: Mars Hill’s Belle Hill

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) — For those who don’t know the identify Belle Hill, you may wish to be taught it. Final yr, she led Mars Hill to the Class 2A state championship and was named MVP as only a seventh grader.

Now simply 45 video games into her varsity profession, Hill scored her one thousandth profession level on Friday towards Shoals Christian. For that, she is the Hiley Mazda Key Athlete of the Week.

“I’m simply blessed and grateful for every little thing,” Hill, an eighth-grade guard for the Panthers, stated.

“She hates speaking about it however she’s very humble,” Mars Hill senior level guard Madie Sain stated. “She simply achieved 1000 profession factors and he or she texted me and stated don’t inform anybody however I did it, and I used to be like congrats Belle, however you realize it’s going to out. It makes me glad for her. I do know that she will obtain far more however reaching this proper now, I imply she’s solely been enjoying varsity for a yr and a half and he or she’s already at that milestone which is loopy.”

Hill’s basketball profession principally began at start, together with her grandma presently serving as an assistant coach at Mars Hill, and her mother enjoying collegiately at Alabama.

“I’ve at all times grown up round it after which I simply realized I fell in love with it and I’ve simply liked working. She’s at all times pushing me, she’s at all times been there and together with her information of the sport, it’s actually helped me to have the ability to be who I’m right now,” Hill stated of her mom.

As soon as Hill acquired to center college, she began taking the game severely and hasn’t appeared again since.

“After I began out I used to be simply making an attempt to contribute to the workforce and be no matter I wanted to be,” Hill stated.

“She’s practiced with us since sixth grade so we’ve seen her expertise, how a lot she works, she comes within the fitness center on daily basis and he or she actually works onerous on daily basis,” Mars Hill senior ahead Emma-Claire Sak added.

“All of us knew that she can be one thing. This summer time she was doing three a days that nobody actually knew about however she would stand up at 5 a.m. come to the fitness center, go eat, come again, shoot after which return and work out so she has a very good work ethic and that’s what makes her so good,” Sain stated.

Even with a lot accountability on this workforce as they attempt to go back-to-back, Belle, who simply turned 14, stated she doesn’t really feel any strain. She’s her hardest critic and stated having her teammate’s assist means so much.

“I feel at such a younger age it’s onerous to be in such a management function, particularly as a result of we had three seniors final yr they usually have been excellent leaders too however she undoubtedly made a huge impact and saved us going and was an enormous encouragement for us,” Sak stated.

“My workforce is at all times there for me and all people had my again so there wasn’t actually any strain. They’re at all times encouraging me and telling me what I have to do,” Hill added.

“It’s really easy, I simply move it to her and I’m like okay you go it and he or she’s like Madie no, and I’m such as you’ve acquired it, I promise and all of us cheer her on and are her greatest supporters,” Sain stated.

Belle has desires of enjoying Division I basketball identical to her mother, and even has provides already from some Energy 5 colleges. However for now, she’s centered on her highschool profession and presumably just a few extra blue maps.

“I do know they will go all the way in which yearly, primarily as a result of they’ve Belle Hill. There’s nothing that may maintain her,” Sain stated.

“I identical to to be an instance for the entire youngsters watching. We gained it final yr and bear in mind the way it felt so to not win it might be heartbreaking. I’m hoping we are able to win just a few extra state championships and return to again this yr,” Hill added.

We’re at all times searching for standout student-athletes within the Tennessee Valley to characteristic! You probably have a high-school-aged athlete that you simply wish to nominate for Hiley Mazda Key Athlete of the Week, you possibly can e-mail olivia.whitmire@whnt.com, claudia.chakamian@whnt.com or sports activities@whnt.com.

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