The Girl’s Basketball team wrapped up their regular season against the Kaynor Tech Panthers on February 16th. Hosting their senior night festivities, the Hawks hoped to improve on their 8-11, and a NVL record of 3-5. After losing 3 straight games, the team looked to bring some momentum into the state tournament.
The Hawks are led by Seniors Morina Bojka, Maddie Hupprich, and Jenna Pannone; who will be playing their final home game tonight.
Bojka, who became the school’s 4th 1000 point scorer after just two seasons, is the leader of the team.
“I really feel nervous and scared and confident for the last home game. I’m confident that we will beat Kaynor tonight,” said Bojka.
Bojka’s favorite memory was the game-winning buzzer beater she made against Seymour last season.
“If we come out to play hard and execute the game plan, we should be happy at the end of the night,” said Pannone when asked about the game. Her favorite memory is beating Kennedy last season.
Hupprich is also expecting a victory in her final game in the Woodland gym.
“I am 100% confident that we will be successful against Kaynor. We work hard and play together well. I know we’ll play extra hard tonight so we will leave our home court with a win,” she said.
As the senior night festivities ended, the game was underway. The Hawks jumped to an early 10 point lead, but after a small Kaynor comeback, it was a single digit game going into halftime. After a plethora of turnovers by the Panthers due to stingy defense by the Hawks. Along with steady transition offense, the Hawks ran away with a 56-37 victory.
After the game, an on-court celebration ended with the coach’s face being covered in cake. The seniors were asked how they felt about playing their final game at home.
“It was a great feeling winning on senior night with all my teammates. I’ll definitely remember this night,” said Pannone following the game.
Hupprich is very proud of her team, but sad to know her season is almost over.
“Knowing I’ll never play a game on this court again makes me upset. I’ve played so many games on this court from when i was playing travel in middle school to now. I’m happy we ended on a good note, and I couldn’t ask for a better way to go out.” said Hupprich.
“It’s heartbreaking to know that i will never get another chance to play as a Woodland Hawk on our home court.” said Bojka.
The Hawks improved their record to 9-11 on the season and they hope to bring their momentum into states. They will need to rely on their seniors to lead them on and off of the court.