Q & A WITH USA JUNIOR OLYMPIAN TAYLER HILL AND MOM
"I’m not really her coach, I’m her mom."
gPrep: What was it like to be in Colorado with your daughter Tayler Hill?
Monique Hill: ”It was a really good experience. The first day I could tell she was a little more reserve. Everyday Tayler got more and more comfortable because she got to know the girls better. And her team, they built a rhythm together. The last day Tayler did a lot of passing but she had so much fun! At first I wasn’t sure if she was enjoying herself. But as the days went on, I could tell Tayler was having a lot of fun.”
gPrep: Did the girls bond by the last day?
Monique Hill: ”They really did. They were just cracking-up and just having a good time on the bench. It looked like they’ve been playing together for a whole season because of the way they were interacting with each other.” The first day it looked like a lot of individuals out there playing. But towards the end of the weekend, they were actually playing as a team.”
gPrep: It must have been real special to be there with Tayler to share the big stage?
Monique Hill: “It was real fun for me, just to be there to support her. I was trying to push Tayler but I’m not really her coach, I’m her mom. If her coach were there, Tayler would have played a lot harder you know if her dad were there. But, she did well.”
gPrep: You must really be proud of her?
Monique Hill: “I love her. I am very proud of Tayler. I just had a great time.”
gPrep: I noticed a few games you went in the paint and got a lot of rebounds.
Tayler Hill: “Yea. We were lacking on post players. But I had a good time down there.
gPrep: Talk about your experience in Colorado Springs. What did you learn about the game and about yourself?
Tayler Hill: “I learned a lot about the game. You have to play the game as a team.”
gPrep: What was it like having mom there to support you?
Tayler Hill: “My mom, (laughs) it was great, because I had a lot of support.
gPrep: What was the most fun?
Tayler Hill: “… Meeting new players! Meeting the new players had to be the most fun
gPrep: Your USA jersey, what was it like getting your jersey for the first time?
Tayler Hill: “I was excited! They gave us two sets of practice jerseys, shorts and tops.
gPrep: What was the hardest lesson you learned?
Tayler Hill: “This wasn’t really a lesson, but breathing down there was HARD!
gPrep: What was it like playing in the bronze medal game?
Tayler Hill:” It was fun . We played Brazil. After we played Brazil the first time, we
gPrep: What motivated you to play harder?
Tayler Hill: “… One of the head coaches. I talked to her a little bit. She was
gPrep: Do you feel that you made a statement down there?
Tayler Hill: “Yea, I did. I just played my game. Like, I wasn’t selfish with it and I adjusted to the other players.”
gPrep: Did you learn something about yourself?
Tayler Hill: “Yea, I learned that I wasn’t just the top player there, but I was the top player out of the 36 players that they chose to be junior Olympians.”
gPrep: Was it your best experience?
Tayler Hill: “Yea. It was a pretty good experience. It was a good experience.”
gPrep: Was it too much?
Tayler Hill: “No! It wasn’t. It was a lot of hard work, which is good.”
gPrep: Is it a relief for you to know that you belong with the elite?
Tayler Hill: “I don’t think it was a relief. It was me going down there playing my game and just playing my hardest and that’s what it came to be, me being one of the top players down there.”
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