By Blake Hempstead, KANA Sports
Fresh from graduation as one of the top point guard, statistically, in University of Montana history, Torry Hill is returning to the court.
Announced Monday, Hill has been hired as an assistant AD and women’s assistant basketball coach at Rocky Mountain College in Billings under first year head coach Wes Keller. She will be the assistant AD to new Athletic Director Bruce Parker, who was hired away from Carroll College in June.
“I’m excited to get started, I looking forward to learn the system,” Hill said Tuesday morning.
Hill’s resume is full of accolades from her spectacular play on the court. From her leading Anaconda High to back-to-back state championships in 2008-09 to being the starting point guard for the past three years for the Lady Griz, it’s evident Hill’s calling is basketball.
“Torry obviously wants to coach, has great understanding of the game and I think she’ll do a wonderful job,” said University of Montana head coach Robin Selvig, who coached Hill from 2010-14. “She has a great feel for the game at both ends of the floor, and obviously basketball has been big part of her life since she could walk.”
Coaching was always on the mind of Hill once her playing days were over, it just so happened those days came more quickly after her second reconstructive knee surgery was required in just five years.
In Hill’s final collegiate game, she led the team with 21 points three assists and three steals, and was leading a comeback down by 20 points at the 10 minute mark of the second half of the Big Sky Conference championship game against North Dakota. Hill drilled a deep trey, her fourth of the game, scored on a driving layup and hit Carly Selivg with a no look pass to capitalize on a 7-0 run before tragedy struck yet again.
Immediately following a UND timeout, Hill’s season and career was over eerily similar to the way she ended her high school experience – the only difference was instead of tearing her right knee to shreds, this time it was the left.
Hill etched her name in the Lady Griz record books several time over throughout the years, ending as the 27th all-time leading scorer in women’s basketball history with 1,060 points. She ranks at fourth all-time in made three point goals (202), is seventh in career assists (436) and steals (199) and eighth in free throw percentage (80.5 percent).
In terms of her standout season, Hill is second to only Sonja Rodgers for the top spot in made three point goals in a season (71) – she also ranks 10th with the 53 she made as a sophomore – and became fifth in steals in a season with 76. In her final season, Hill averaged 12.8 points and 2.4 steals/game.
While a prep, Hill was a three-time Class All State and All-Southwestern A player for the Copperheads. She finished her high school career with 1,496, good for fifth on the Anaconda High All-Time scoring list even after losing half of her senior season to a knee injury. She holds girls’ school records for three-pointers made in a career (155), season (59 in 07-08, 57 in 08-09) and game (8 vs. Dillon at Memorial Gymnasium), points scored in a game (42 in SW-A tournament against Frenchtown), and in Memorial Gymnasium (41 vs. Dillon) and is one of only four girls in AHS history to score over 30 points in a game (Debbie Sullivan (2), Kim Masella, Jaime Nichols). It just so happens Hill, who was averaging 32 ppg at the time of her season-ending knee injury in 2010, has broke the 30-point barrier 15 times and 40-point mark twice.
Hill will have many duties in her new endeavor, but one of the most rewarding for the school is using her knowledge of Montana in recruiting.
“I already know the coaches from around the state when they were hanging around at Griz camps,” Hill said. “It will make it easy for me when recruiting starts.”
The position requires her to being immediately, so Hill is anxious to begin the next chapter in her life.
“I’m just so happy to be staying in the game,” Hill said. “It would be weird not being involved in basketball, I wouldn’t know what to do. I’m looking forward to the next steps.” 1 comment