Consistency will be key for Hawks this season


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Viera sophomore Ali Shoff tries to drive past a Palm Bay defender during a recent game.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The Viera High girls basketball team might turn out to be pretty good if the Hawks can develop more consistency throughout the season.

“We’re competing better in stretches,” Viera coach Ray Kimball said following an early-season game.

“But unfortunately, games are not seven or eight minutes long. They’re 32 minutes. And we have yet to play a 32-minute game.

“We’re a young team. We’re growing. We’re going to have some growing pains. We just need to keep working hard and get better.”

Led by junior point guard, and leading scorer, Tyrese Gonzales, along with sophomore guard Jaeda Stewart, the Hawks are one of those teams that should show significant improvement as the season goes on.

Guard Samantha Parish and forward Caitlin Hoffhine are the only two seniors on the team, so clearly the Hawks have a young group this season.

Junior guard Jayla Mercer has been a welcome addition and the Hawks have also gotten strong play from sophomore forward/center Ali Shoff and freshman forward Morgan Mordas, along with freshman guard Alayna Thurner, freshman forward Bella Billings and sophomore guard Marllana Britt.

“For a couple of games, when we worked well together, we blew teams out. I think as soon as we consistently work together, I think we’ll be good and we’ll go far.”

According to Max Preps, the Hawks do own some impressive wins.

They beat Satellite 73-16, topped Space Coast 60-40 and also beat West Shore 48-27.

Viera also owns a 54-51 overtime victory over Eau Gallie.

The Hawks will most definitely face a tough challenge in their district, which includes Melbourne, St. Cloud, Liberty, Harmony, Hagerty and Celebration.

In order for the Hawks to finish the season strong, Parish believes they simply need to continue to play as a unit no matter what the circumstances.

“I think as long as we keep playing together and play as a unit, we’ll be successful,” Parish said. “We work very well off of each other, but if one of us is off, t throws the whole team off. If we all work together as a unit, that’s when we’re doing our best.”