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By Kylie Rau, CountySportsZone.com
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected a lot of athletes around the world and has led to the cancellation of major events such as March Madness and the Olympics. Parker and Miranda Hill, sisters and teammates on the Winston Churchill High School girls’ varsity basketball team, are no exception.
Parker, a 16-year-old junior, is 6-foot-4 and has a long list of accomplishments. She earned first-team Washington Post 2020 All-Met honors, was the Montgomery County WBCA 4A South Co-Player of the Year and became the first-ever Wizards Alumni Montgomery County Female Athlete of the Week.
She was fourth in blocked shots on the 2020 Washington Post leaders list and 24th in points per game. She intends to play basketball in college. The summer AAU season with the Fairfax Stars U-17 EYBL team is important toward her college recruitment process, and it is uncertain whether this season will be affected by the pandemic.
“It’s been a much more inactive period,” Parker said on how the pandemic is affecting her. “To not have basketball at all is strange. Not getting to play further in the playoffs is frustrating for us.”
The 6-foot-1 Miranda was one of four freshmen on the Churchill varsity team. During the first game of the season against Paint Branch, four of the five starters fouled out and Miranda stepped up to help bring home the win in overtime. She proved to be a solid part of the defense, which led the team to some tough victories throughout the season.
“Miranda has stepped up on numerous occasions as a role player,” Churchill head coach Kate Blanken said. I think that she gained a lot of good experience throughout the season and would be ready when that opportunity came to step up for the team.”
Churchill clinched its first regional championship since 2003, and this season gave them a shot at the MPSSAA 4A state title.
“They were on their way to the state championship and were playing the semifinal game at Towson on March 11, but they shut it down at the very last minute,” said Douglas Hill, Parker and Miranda’s father.
The Bulldogs finished the season 20-0, but didn’t get a chance at the state championship.
“It was devastating, we were actually meeting to board our team bus to go to the state semifinal game when we found out it was canceled,” Blanken said. “It’s not easy news to take and there were a lot of tears and definitely a lot of disappointment.”
It was disappointing, but the sisters are doing all they can to stay active and prepare for the road ahead.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Parker and Miranda Hill