Hopkins' Bailey Ballard (left) tries to drive around a South Haven player during the Vikings' district-opening victory.

Bregg helps spark Hopkins past South Haven

Jason Wesseldyk

As an amateur athlete, Hopkins senior Ellen Bregg isn’t able to sign endorsement deals for any products for companies.

Were she able to, however, AT&T might want to consider getting in touch with Bregg based on her performance in the first half of the Vikings’ Class B district opener with South Haven on Monday, March 2.

Bregg dialed long distance to the tune of four 3-pointers to help stake Hopkins to a nine-point halftime lead en route to the 44-34 victory.

Bregg finished with a game-best 15 points for the Vikings, who were slated to take on Plainwell in a district seminal on Wednesday, March 4. The winner of that game will take on either Otsego or Paw Paw in the championship game at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 6, in Paw Paw.

“Ellen has been our offensive leader all season, so for her to come out and get us rolling in the first half was big,” first-year Hopkins coach John Robinson said. “It was key because it really got her confidence going, and that really gets the confidence of the whole team going.”

Bregg deflected much of the credit for her hot start to her teammates.

“I just wanted to come out and do whatever I could do to help the team get off to a good start,” she said. “And I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. They were the ones passing the ball to me and making sure I got my shots. I was the one who made the shots, but they got me the ball.”

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