Hard work pays off for all-state scorer
By Jim Dabbelt
The Dabbelt Report
For Hayley Suchland, the lone senior on the Northeastern High School girls’ basketball team, it was a year that saw the Jets struggle to win basketball games. The Ohio Heritage Conference team located in Springfield won five games on the season, and Suchland always left everything out on the court trying to score enough points to allow the Jets to try to get the victory.
Monday night, her hard work paid off as she was named first-team all-Ohio in Division 3, voted on by a panel of sportswriters from all the districts across Ohio. Suchland was speechless when she found out, as ironically the same night as the announcement was her winter basketball banquet at the school.
“Being selected first team All-Ohio is such an honor,” Suchland told The Dabbelt Report. “I couldn’t contain my excitement when I heard I received this award. I knew that all of my hard work and dedication throughout the years had paid off.” Suchland becomes the first player from Clark County to earn first-team all-Ohio honors since 2007-08.
Her hard work consisted of leading the entire Southwest Ohio region in scoring at 30.9 points per game, regardless of division. Her 689 regular season points was the most any player in the Dayton area has ever scored since they went to a 22-game regular season. But it didn’t stop there.
Suchland averaged over eight rebounds and nearly five steals per game, while shooting 39% from the field, 75% from the line and over 36% from three-point range. Anything typically over 40%/70%/35% is considered a high-level player, and Suchland reached that status in each category.
As Suchland scored pretty much whenever and however she wanted, she deflected the honor back to her team, and even though she was forced to shoot often, she would look for her teammate when their shot was better.
“I am very grateful for my coaches, teammates, and family for always supporting me and pushing me to do my best,” Suchland said. “I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Suchland’s ability to score in transition was nearly unstoppable. She could also hit the midrange shot, or elevate and connect from beyond the three-point arc overtop of the defense.
Now, Suchland turns her attention to softball, where she is quite the player as well. In fact, Suchland chose to play her college sports at Wilmington College so she can play both sports at the next level.
Division 1-2 All-Ohio teams: https://jimdabbelt.com/all-ohio-girls-basketball-honors/division-1-2-all-ohio/
Division 3-4 All-Ohio teams: https://jimdabbelt.com/all-ohio-girls-basketball-honors/2018-girls-basketball-all-ohio-team/
Ohio Ms. Basketball: https://jimdabbelt.com/all-ohio-girls-basketball-honors/ohio-ms-basketball/