FRONT ROYAL — As her first season on the varsity squad is nearing the end, Bri Hogan is hitting her stride.
The Warren County sophomore forward has been playing some of her best basketball at the right time for the Wildcats.
Hogan said she’s surprised by how well she’s done in her first varsity season.
“It’s actually kinda crazy, just being a sophomore out here (playing),” Hogan said. “Every game I do much better.”
Hogan is averaging 7.1 points per game this season. However, over her last seven games, she’s averaging 11.5 points per contest for the Wildcats.
Warren County girls basketball coach Christine Simmons said she’s seen a real improvement from Hogan since the start of the season.
“Her confidence level from the beginning of the year has definitely moved up a notch or two,” Simmons said.
Hogan said she first started playing in parks and recreation in fifth grade and has kept playing ever since.
Hogan said that she’s always loved playing with her friends and her teammates.
Not only does Hogan play for Warren County, but she also plays Amateur Athletic Union girls basketball for the Royal Fury. The Fury are based out of Front Royal, and includes players from Warren County, Skyline and Strasburg.
“It’s fun being out there in the offseason and getting more practice in,” Hogan said. “It’s more competitive. It’s a lot of fun.”
Hogan said she enjoys playing defense, and likes to be really aggressive on that end.
Offensively, Hogan said she’s worked hard on learning new post moves.
“My moves get me to where I am right now,” Hogan said. “I like to do different things.”
Hogan said she learned a lot by going to a JMU women’s basketball camp over the summer and it’s really helped her for this season.
Simmons said that Hogan has been a nice addition to this year’s squad.
“When she wants to she can hustle like no other,” Simmons said. “She can be extremely aggressive and she’s not afraid to try to put a good move on somebody. She’ll go in and she’ll give it her all and she keeps working at it. If it doesn’t work one time she goes down the court, she’ll try something else the next time. That’s good to see in such a young player.”
The Wildcats have four seniors and three juniors on the team, and Hogan said they were very welcoming to her this season.
“They’ve made me feel like family,” Hogan said. “We all get along pretty good. We have a good bond.”
The Wildcats are 8-12 on the season and have their last regular-season game tonight at Skyline.
Hogan, who also plays on Warren County’s volleyball and softball squad, said she thinks the team has done well this season.
“We’re out here trying out best and we never give up,” Hogan said.