Carroll jumped into the drivers seat late last year, turning a 9-9 record in January into a 14-11 final marks, including a win over South Side and a Class 4A Sectional title by winning three of their last four games. A key attribute in that run was the play of Olivia Hoeppner, who started all 24 games she played in.
While there are other Carroll players who drew the focus of opposing players, it was Hoeppner who led the Chargers in several different statistical categories, including free throw percentage, assists and steals. Her 3.5 steals per game average was no surprise to anyone who watched the Chargers consistently. Hoeppner’s greatest strength may be her defense because of her ability to guard just as tightly off the ball and she does on the ball. She is a defender who will draw many teams’ best scorer because she is good at not letting shooters get open with much space.
Offensively, Hoeppner played consistent too, with a team second best 9.5 points per game, hitting 40 percent from the field and 77 percent from the foul line. Her 82 to 89 assist to turnover ratio proved that she could be a solid hand with the ball but that there is also room for growth heading into her senior season. That said, she is talented at pushing the pace of games with her ball handling, causing opposing defenses discomfort.
“Olivia Hoeppner has a high basketball I.Q., moves very well without the basketball and a very good shooter. Olivia is a good three point shooter and she has a great pull up jumper,” says Carroll coach Mark Redding. “Olivia is an unselfish player looking to get her teammates the ball. Looking forward for Olivia having a great senior year.”