The Hawks Start Off the Season Strong


Lexi Harbach

Junior Ella Koloc looks to pass the ball against Western Dubuque.

Allie Demmer, Staff

For the first time since 2010, the girls’ basketball team beat Western Dubuque.

After the first quarter in the Nov. 20 season opener, the game was tied, 11-11. During the second quarter, the Hawks were down, 15-12, going into halftime. 

At halftime, Head Coach Matt Uthoff made a few adjustments on plays. 

“We stressed to just relax and make the simple play, and the rest would take care of itself,” Uthoff said. “All the credit goes to the girls as they executed our game plan, made big shots, and played relaxed.” 

At the end of the third quarter, the girls led with a score of  35-25. They ended up beating Western Dubuque, 45-35. 

“I couldn’t have been more proud of how our girls competed in the second half,” Uthoff said. “It was so rewarding to see their hard work pay off with a win.”

Junior Kayla Felton led the team with 19 points while junior Ella Koloc followed close behind with 17 points.

Claire Ridenour, sophomore, was proud of their win. 

“It was one of the best feelings,” Ridenour said. “I knew this year was going to be different, and we proved it to everyone.”

Uthoff looks forward to improving their record of 2-20 from last year. 

“Our goal is to be playing our best basketball at the end of the season,” Uthoff said. “The girls have been working extremely hard, have bought into our system, and have made great strides early in the year.”