Winning Ways: Freshmen women converge to find success

By Alayna Yates

Freshmen women’s basketball is off to a strong start with a 38-32 win against New Hampton for their first game on Monday, Nov. 27. On Monday, Dec. 5, the Tiger’s came out with another win when they played Grundy Center, 23-13. They also played Cedar Rapids Kennedy on Thursday, Dec. 8.

The leading scorer in their game against New Hampton was Tjaden Petersen, who scored 21 points. The leading rebounder that game was Kacia Brown with 12 rebounds.

Peet freshman, Kacia Brown, the Tiger’s post, is working toward finishing her layups and talking more on the court this year.

As a part of getting in shape and building more muscle, most teams find themselves lifting and conditioning to enhance their play when it comes game-time. However, Brown said she doesn’t find it as bad as some other sports.

“We don’t lift as much and I don’t think we run as much as other teams do or as much as it feels like we do. So, our conditioning isn’t that hard, but I feel like it does push us to be better,” Brown said.

With a heavy schedule of school activities, homework, club sports and church groups, Brown is one busy body. “It is a lot to handle because I play club volleyball too, so sometimes I go from basketball straight to volleyball, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for homework,” Brown said, “and weekends get really filled up when you have a weekend of both volleyball and basketball.”

Holmes freshman Madison Hurley, the Tiger’s point guard, agreed with her teammate Brown that the team would like to start working together in more of a positive way. “I want to be able to work with everyone on the team and know their strengths and weaknesses,” Hurley said. “We played New Hampton for our first game of the season and were down by seven points in the first half. Once we got calmed down, we started making shots and getting rebounds. We ended up winning by five,” Hurley said.

Hurley also does both soccer and track. She thinks that the conditioning they do for basketball keeps them in good shape, but she knows how it varies from the training she does for her other sports. “It is a lot different than track and soccer conditioning because soccer and track involve a lot more running and timing,” Hurley said.

Unlike her teammate Brown, Hurley doesn’t find that she has too much on her plate during the basketball season. “I don’t get much homework in my classes, but if I do, I finish it during school or before practice,” Hurley said.

Catch the women’s freshman basketball team back in action on Monday, Dec. 12 at Linn-Mar at 5 p.m. Their next home game will be at Peet Junior High on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m.

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