NORTHWEST GLENDALE — It’s been some time since the Hoover High basketball team’s sideline was all smiles following a Pacific League game, and that’s something that had surely been weighing on the team leading up to Wednesday’s home game against Muir.
It’s an issue the Tornadoes no longer have to worry about after defeating the Mustangs, 67-41, in a game that saw Hoover in high spirits from the beginning to the end — of both the game and an 18-game league losing streak dating back to the 2007-08 league campaign.
“We finally stepped up and did something that we needed to do for quite a long time now,” said Hoover Coach Henrik Sardarbegian, whose team’s last league win came on Feb. 7, 2008 by the score of 61-58 over archrival Glendale. “It’s kind of like one of those things that just stays with you and it eventually just caught up with our kids in their head. We were kind of mentally out of it up until tonight.”