The last two seasons were unlike any other in Dover girls' basketball.
Twice, the Eagles advanced to the state quarterfinals after previously never making the tournament. It was in the big schools' classification of AAAA, no less.
In both runs, senior point guard Alayah Hall was the orchestrator. As coach Troy Lokhaiser said numerous times, "She makes us go," and rarely was that not the case. Hall averaged 17.3 points and finished with a school-record 1,619 points for the Eagles, who won their first YAIAA tournament title and advanced to their first District 3 title game. Hall was voted by league coaches the YAIAA Player of the Year in Divisions I and II for the second time.
Looking back on her career and glancing ahead at what's to come, Hall addressed these questions:
Now that the season is over, what do you think you will miss the most?
My teammates and just playing basketball, period, since it's finally over.
Did you have any rituals during the basketball season?
I guess before the game we always talked about how we had to go 1-0. That's the one thing we said before the games, and it worked pretty much.
Favorite pregame or postgame meal?
No. (laughs) I don't eat anything specific.
If you could eat dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
Kobe Bryant. That'd be the first one. Lil Wayne and those are my two favorite people. Probably KD (Kevin Durant).
What would you ask them?
Like how is life with basketball, do they enjoy all the fame and attention?
Considering what your team accomplished your junior year, did this year exceed or meet your expectations?
I think it exceeded. I don't think we expected to go that far in districts or that far again in states. Getting second place (in districts) was the world to us even though we didn't win.
Have any can't miss TV shows?
Isn't it getting hokey with Samurai spirits and all that nonsense?
Yeah kind of. I feel like they're adding a little too much. It's definitely different now than when it started.
What's your music preference?
Hip-hop, rap music.
Before a game?
Yes, Lil Wayne music.
One song in particular?
No, not really.
LeBron James or Kevin Durant?
How has your college search gone? Are you still considering Millersville?
I think I'm going to go to Millersville.
Is it official?
To me it's official. That's where I want to go. I've been talking to the coach a lot and she really wants to come.
Do you have a potential dream career?
I want to be a pediatrician.
What about it appeals to you?
I like helping people. That just interests me, and I like kids.
How long have you known you wanted to do that?
My freshman year. I always wanted to do something with younger kids, like being a teacher, but teachers don't make that much money so that was good.
On Twitter, your brother (Craig), sister Ayanna and you share similar handles. How did you come up with @HallNumba1, 2 and 3?
We were just sitting on the couch and they all wanted new Twitter names, so I said, "Hey why don't we do Hall number 1, 2 and 3." They just liked it.
What did you like — or dislike — about playing with Ayanna your first two years of high school basketball?
We're really close, so we get along. It only helps she was there to talk and push me to get better. I always had someone to go to for everything. After the games, she knew exactly what I was talking about. She just got me through a lot.
What did it mean to have her there, watching your games, this season?
Everything. Both my parents were at every game and my sister.
The few times I saw practices, teammate Lindsey Fowler nearly beat you in sprints. Did she ever beat you?
She probably did. Lindsey likes to go really hard at practice.
Speaking of competition, what does it mean to you to have Dover's all-time scoring record?
It means a lot.
Do you expect Ryan Beck (883 points), on the boys' team, to break it next season?
I don't know. He hasn't yet but if he does, that'd be great. I'd be proud of him.