The Hawken Girls Basketball season came to an end on Saturday, March 1st. The team fought a hard match against Pymatuning Valley, but lost 42 to 32 in the district championship game. Despite the season ending sooner than they wanted, the 2013-14 season is considered a success. The Hawk’s had a 16-9 overall record with a 4-6 record in the Chagrin Valley Conference. The 4-6 record in the conference is better than it might first appear considering that the Hawks were beat out only by such formidable teams as Chagrin Falls, Cuyahoga Heights, and Beachwood.
The varsity team opened the season by defeating Newbury 40-27. This performance foreshadowed the strong 2013-14 season to come. Other key victories include a win over Richmond Heights, in which the Hawks scored 74 points, and a victory against Rootstown in the District semifinal game. The most exciting game of the year was on February 3rd when the Hawks faced Perry on the road. With the score tied at 35, Hannah O’Day went around a screen set for her by Alyssa Hunt and knocked down the game-winning jumper with just 2.5 seconds remaining.
The team captains have played a large role in the team’s success. Leading the team is senior co-captain Meredith Cohen alongside junior co-captains Hannah O’Day and Emily Oliver. Head Coach Patty Hace talks about the impact of the captains, “Their leadership has led and has strengthened the results of this team. Their leadership both on the floor and off the floor is a huge testament to our success, with our record being a testament to that as well.” Meredith Cohen has been a lead scorer throughout the season.
The team achieved one of their goals by making it to the district championship game. Although they are the district runner ups and not the district champion, sophomore Nayana Ravishankar puts the season in perspective by saying, “This is by far one of the best seasons we have had in 25 years.” Captain Hannah O’Day attributes this year’s success to the selflessness of the team, “I think this year’s team was special because each individual player was selfless. We were all willing to make sacrifices for each other and for the overall team’s success.” Furthermore, it is very fortunate that the team is only losing two players to college, Meredith Cohen and Lindsay Kutash. The team should be congratulated for a fantastic 2013-14 season.