VICTORVILLE — The Hook Junior High School girls basketball team defeated Cobalt Institute of Math and Science 20-17 on Friday to claim the 2016 High Desert Athletic League championship.
The team started off 1-1 before rattling off 10 straight wins to finish the season, head coach Robert McClure said. Hook finished the year with an overtime victory over CIMS to claim the title after being down 11-4 at halftime.
Before Friday’s game, the Lady Wranglers were given a little extra spirit when staff and students put on a surprise parade as the players were leaving the Hook campus for the game.
Because Hook does not have a home gymnasium, the Lady Wranglers played their home games at the old Cobalt campus and practiced at the Hook Community Center. The team struggled at first but showed steady improvement throughout the year, McClure said.
“They did great; they worked really hard,” McClure said of his team. “They put in a lot of work and came far. … (In the final game) they didn’t didn’t give up; they fought back and they won in overtime. It was a great game.”