One of the big girls basketball questions heading into the season was this: How will high-scoring guard Jayla Hobza fit in at Bellevue East?
If Thursday night’s game is any indication, just fine.
Hobza, who transferred from Omaha Burke after averaging 17 points as a freshman, has stepped up her scoring even more in the early going this season. She averaged 24 points in three victories at a tournament in suburban Denver last week and had a game-high 24 on Thursday night as the Chieftains moved to 4-0 with a 51-47 win over previously unbeaten Omaha Central.
The 5-foot-8 guard was 5 of 10 from the field (1 of 2 from 3-point range) and 13 of 17 from the free-throw line. She was in foul trouble early and had just four points at half but added seven in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth.
Perhaps more encouraging to coach Scott Jensen seems to be her willingness to buy into his defense-first system. Bellevue East is always known for its tenacious defense, and Hobza — who also had a team-high seven rebounds against the Eagles — will need to be a part of that if she’s going to be successful with the Chieftains.
So far, so good.