In the photo above Jillian Hayes became Loveland High School’s all-time leading scorer in February of 2020.

by Cassie Mattia

Cassie Mattia is the Associate Editor of Loveland Magazine and is a resident of Historic Downtown

Loveland, Ohio – Another former Tiger athlete is already making quite the name for herself and the season hasn’t even started yet! LHS graduate and excellent student-athlete, Jillian Hayes, has a bright future ahead of her as she is just about to begin her freshman year as a guard on the University of Cincinnati Women’s Basketball Team. Click the link below to check out Hayes’ stellar basketball history as a Loveland Tiger in my “One-One With Jillian Hayes” feature article!

Hayes was recently featured on the latest episode of “Fresh Faces Presented by Kroger.” The Fresh Faces segment spotlights new and up and coming athletes on Bearcat Nation. Fresh Faces plans on featuring all of the new 2020-2021 Cincinnati Men’s and Women’s Basketball student-athletes.

According to GoBearcats.com Hayes was rated as a four-star prospect by Prospects Nation. Click below to read about Hayes’ unbelievable stats and what led to her being rated as a four-star prospect coming into UC as a freshman!

Both UC Women’s Basketball Coach Michelle Clark-Heard and Jillian Hayes told Bearcat Nation that they couldn’t be more excited to put UC on the map this year with all the talent they are bringing in!

“It means the world to me to put our city on the map and be able to be a part of building something here,” Hayes said, “It’s nice to know that my support system has been through what I’m going through and can talk to me and give me the right advice to guide me through it. Being able to talk to my brother, even my parents is a big blessing.” 

“She is a Cincinnati native and someone that we knew was important to keep at home,” Clark-Heard said, “Jillian is going to cause matchup nightmares for our opponents as her size and athleticism allow her to play multiple positions in our system.” 

To see the full-length Fresh Faces feature on Jillian you can visit the following link: https://gobearcats.com/news/2020/10/26/womens-basketball-watch-fresh-faces-jillian-hayes.aspx. To see the fifth episode of “Fresh Faces Presented by Kroger” click below!

We want to wish Jillian Hayes and the UC Women’s Basketball Team the best of luck as they prepare for what we think will be a very successful season! We couldn’t be prouder to have someone like Jillian represent Loveland in such a positive light! We will be cheering you on, Jillian, as you strive to achieve greatness and hopefully break some records! GO BEARCATS!

To catch more of your local sports news stay tuned to the Sports 411 With me, Cassie Mattia!

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Columnist Cassia Mattia is a resident of Historic Downtown Loveland. She is the Associate Editor of Loveland Magazine.

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