Payson High School basketball standout Chioya Hill will never be mistaken for Dennis Rodman, but she is showing the same rebounding and defensive expertise the former NBA star displayed during his heydays with the Detroit Pistons two decades ago.
Her prowess on the boards and on the defensive end of the court earned Hill a spot on the Holiday Hoops All-Tournament team following its competition Dec. 29 in Wilson Dome.
The celestial squad was selected in a voting of tournament coaches.
Coach Jen White contends it was Hill’s rebounding, she averaged almost 15 a tournament game, which prompted coaches to vote for her.
This season, Hill leads the team in rebounding averaging 18.5 per game and earlier in the year came with one rebound of tying the school record of 27 held jointly by Julie Popeck and Shelli Creighton. Popeck set the mark in 1983 and Clayton tied in the following year.
Hill could also be on track to break the single season rebounding mark of 312 set by Trista Carlton in 2003 and the career record of 1,017 set by Amberlyn White in 1994-97.
Hill’s rebounding average currently ranks second, by .2 of a rebound per game, in both Division III and Section III to Wickenburg’s Cora Morales.
Of Hill’s 111 rebounds this season, a big majority, 75, have come on the defensive end which eliminates put backs and second shot attempts by opponents. Her defensive rebounds also get the Lady Longhorn fast break offense off and running.
Hill is also second on the team in blocked shots with 13 and has 10 steals.
While Hill is known for her rebounding and defensive know-how, she also is a proven scorer averaging 10 ppg, which is second only to Harley Turney’s mark of 11 ppg.
Upcoming Lady Horns’ games are:
• Home vs. Show Low - 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8
• Away vs. Salt River High School - 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9
• Home vs. Mingus High School (Cottonwood) - 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11