Martin senior Jazmin Hildebrand (left) drives around Wellsprings’ Monica Van Til during the Clippers’ 36-32 win. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk

Martin holds on for victory

Jason Wesseldyk

Senior forward Jazmin Hildebrand didn’t have her best shooting performance in Martin’s opening-round game of the Holland Calvary Christmas Tournament against Wellspring on Tuesday, Dec. 29.
Missing her first five shots, she was 4-of-18 from the field midway through the fourth quarter.
Despite those struggles, however, Hildebrand found a way to come through when her team needed her most.
Scoring seven of her game-high 20 points in the final four minutes, 44 seconds of play, Hildebrand helped the Clippers stave off a late Wellspring charge and claim the 36-32 victory.
Martin coach Doug MacVean, whose team was scheduled to play in the tournament finals on Wednesday, Dec. 30, wasn’t surprised to see Hildebrand come up big in crunch time.
“Jazmin is our leader and she showed why,” MacVean said. “When things aren’t going our way and we’re starting to struggle, she’s the one we can count on to keep her composure and do everything she can to help us get through it.”
Martin definitely needed Hildebrand’s composure during the final frame of this game.
Leading 20-12 at halftime, the Clippers pushed their advantage to 24-12 midway through the third quarter thanks to a quarter-opening basket by Jackie Klaasen and a pair of free throws from Hildebrand.
But that’s when the momentum starting swinging in Wellspring’s favor.
The Wolves scored the final eight points of the third stanza—five of them from Monica Van Til—before tacking on four of the first five points of the final frame to make it a one-point game at 25-24.

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