“Chaos Crew’s” Claire Baguley sparks hope in one victory from the Final Four

Holland – All season long, the Hope College “Chaos Crew” women’s basketball team has caused chaos for the opposition.

The second unit off the bench is a weapon that few teams in the country can match, turning Hope into a national power over the past two decades.

The bigger the moment, the bigger the chaos.

On Friday, the crew runs out of steam as two of the hoops starters struggle early and the team gets behind Millikin.

It only took a few seconds to completely turn the tide of the game and spark a 91-77 victory over Millikin.

“The Chaos Crew more than did it based on the minutes they had to play,” Hope coach Brian Morehouse said. “They did a great job of keeping us going when we were able to rotate. That shows the depth of this team. Every night, we have a different guy that can get us going … and we needed that tonight. we had.”

Coming off its second-best NCAA Tournament performance in school history, Hope (29-1) will face NYU in the eighth round Saturday night at DeVos Fieldhouse. The 2006 national championship team scored 92 points in a 92-89 win over WashU in the sectional.

Junior Claire Baguley led the Chaos Crew with 12 points on Friday, including four and one layup.

“We emphasized shooting, getting to the basket and fouling this week,” Bagoli said. “That was really important to everybody throughout the game. We knew the gaps and how to attack them. When they hit our shooters, I found the gaps, which opens up a lot of gaps.”

Trailing by four points and the Chaos Crew coming in, Baguley converted a three-point play to pull Hope within 28-27 before Keith Majros hit a 3-pointer to give Hope the lead.

Hannah Smith then had a steal and layup for a 32-28 lead, and the packed crowd erupted for the first time in the game. Meg Morehouse then hit a long 3 with the shot clock winding down to make it 35-28.

Bagoli converted another three-point play and Majros hit another 3-pointer to give Hope a 43-39 halftime lead.

“Keller had a really good week of practice and it showed in the way she played. She’s playing with a lot of confidence and working at a high level,” Brian Morehouse said.

Omid withdrew quickly.

Kennedy Schoenold started the second half just like the first half, hitting a 3 from the corner, his fifth of the game.

“Those snaps were energizing. I guard Kennedy every day in practice and he shows my spots every day, so we know they’re going to come in,” Bagoli said. “Everybody finds the open player and Kennedy was hot, so we got it to him and he put them in it.”

Inside baskets by Olivia Voskeville and Sydney Mueller followed before Majros had a steal and layup to quickly push the Hope lead to 54-43, an 11-4 run to start the second half.

The streak continued as Mueller and McKinney made free throws, and Schoonold’s layup made it 63-45, a 20-6 run to start the third quarter, capped by a 14-7 rebounding advantage in the third quarter.

In the fourth, Hope beat Weskeville and Mueller with a layup inside before another Baguley basket made it 83-70 with 3:50 left.

With Savannah Fenestra injured, each of the starters from past games have been rotated to see significant time with the Chaos Crew instead of watching them from the bench.

It’s been a rewarding experience for both the starter and the crew, and it adds more layers of chemistry.

“It’s been a lot of fun. Obviously, it’s really hard to get out of Savannah. But being able to mix our lineups up a little bit has been great. I love Chaos Crew. There’s no place to quit because they’re so good. ” Schoonold said. Our ability to stay mentally tough and locked in while running is immense. The game on the bench and the audience was too much.”

Schoenold led the Hoops with 24 points, one of his playoff highs, including six 3-pointers. Mueller scored 14 points, Bagoli 12 points, McKinney 11 points, Majoros 10 points and Veskeville 9 points. Casey Dasmit had 5 assists and Schoenold had 6 rebounds.

Millikin coach Olivia Lett said: “They punched, but every time we punched back. Hope played well and that’s a testament to what they’ve built, and at the same time, our seniors are here because of what they’ve built. They were.” . “Four years ago, they had eight wins. To go from eight wins to the Sweet 16 in that span shows what they’ve built.”

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Ellis Knudsen led Milkin with 25 points, Billy Kaufman had 17 points and Jordan Hildebrand had 14 points. The team shot 50%.

For the Millikin senior, ending his career in front of an energized field was a silver lining after two seasons affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It’s what you dream about as a kid, playing in front of a crowd like that,” Hildebrand said. “I will remember this for the rest of my life.”

NYU beat Scranton 73-54 in Holland’s other Round of 16 game. Erica Miller had 20 points and Brooklyn Shelton had 17 as New York used a 24-13 second quarter lead to pull away.

Scranton hit back-to-back 3s early in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to seven, but NYU rallied for 21 fourth-quarter points to close out the game.

“NYU plays faster than us, so it should be an up-and-down game. They’re really talented, but you expect to play big teams this time of year,” Morehouse said. We will see if we are good enough.

— Contact sports editor Dan D’Addona at Dan.D’Addona@hollandsentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanDAddona and Facebook @Holland Sentinel Sports.

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