“She (Jillian) expects a lot from herself, and we expect a lot from her,” said girls basketball coach Pat Pavlansky during the signing.
Jillian, or Jill as many refer to her, will be a four-year starter/letter winner for the Cards this season. Over her first three years with the team she was given credit for being instrumental in them racking up an overall 55-16 win-loss record and earning two conference, two sectional, two district and one regional runner-up titles.
As a sophomore, she earned second team All-Northeastern Ohio and honorable mention All-State honors. As a junior, she earned first team All-Northeastern Ohio and second team All-State honors while averaging 19.8 points, 4.9 assists, 3.4 rebounds and three steals per game. She also lettered in varsity soccer and softball in her freshman year. She dropped those two sports in her sophomore year to focus harder on basketball.
She will be receiving a full scholarship to BGSU, where she plans to earn a physical therapy degree.
Jillian carries a 3.581 GPA and, according to Athletic Director Greg Cooper, “is an excellent student.”
Jillian said she owes a lot to her sister Bryanne, who is a sophomore and a member of the ladies basketball team at the University of Chicago.
“My sister pushed me,” Jillian said, “and made me better than I was.”
Pavlansky said Jillian was recruited by Bowling Green girls basketball head coach Curt Miller. That could lead her to being yet another Bowling Green All American.
“Jillian was recruited by Miller as a point guard,” Pavlansky said. “The last four point guards he recruited got All American honors.”
As for the upcoming season, Pavlansky is glad to have Jillian for one more.
“This season we are facing a difficult schedule,” he said. “But we have a cast of experience to go along with Jillian.”
Jillian also has an older brother Nick and her uncle, former professional football player Michael Zordich, is currently on the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Proud parents Brian and Renee Halfhill were on hand this past Thursday to witness their daughter, Jillian Halfhill sign her letter of intent to play basketball at Bowling Green State University next fall.